2021. wow. it was another one for the books.

you learned so much this year.
you grew so much this year.
you conquered A LOT.
you built new things, dreamt up new things, and planned a few epic adventures that did not disappoint.

you built relationships.
you honored commitments.
you said “yes” to some exciting things and learned to say “no” to some things too. good job on the “no” part!

you worked HARD in 2021.
you worked smarter, actually.
and you rested better in 2021 too. again, good job!

you had opportunities come your way that were EXCITING!
you “sat at the table” with some of your heroes, astonished.
you were, again, recognized for your true value.

you made an impact, you used your skills & talents to bless others, and you gave of yourself to the limit you could. you truly gave it all you could. you touched lives in a way that will be long-remembered.

good job, self.
i am proud of you.

there were some hard lessons. and you weathered them with grace. there were some difficult days. and again, with the grace.

ok – pep talk done. carry on.


How to Use December’s Gifts from YL


December’s gifts are here, and the announcement is PACKED with winter essentials for a fresh and festive home. And I mean packed – this is a long one FULL of great ideas on putting to use Pine, Christmas Spirit, Winter Nights Foaming Hand Soap, R.C., Thieves, and Frankincense!

Christmas Spirit (free at 190PV) Christmas Spirit is a blend of evergreen, citrus, and spice—Northern Lights Black Spruce, Orange, and Cinnamon Bark—and is reminiscent of winter holidays to evoke memories of joy, happiness, comfort, and security. Orange essential oil has a bright aroma that is believed to bring joy, peace, and happiness to those who possess it. Cinnamon Bark essential oil is the oil of wealth from the Orient. Black Spruce essential oil has an aromatic influence that brings a feeling of balance and grounding. This is THE blend for the season, so no matter how you use it, make sure to have it around you this month! Use this oil to help you processes any grief or negative memories from years past.

Make a festive room spray:

  • 2oz glass spray bottle
  • 20 drops Christmas Spirit
  • 10 drops Pine (optional)
  • Splash of witch hazel
  • Fill with filtered water

Add 20 drops of Christmas Spirit to your Thieves Cleaner for a festive twist! Add Christmas Spirit to your bath and shower gel or lotion for an instant boost of cheer and happiness! Use this incredible oil blend to make DIY Beeswax Candles to fill your home with the warmth of the season – and make a few for your friends and neighbors!

Make a Greenery Spray to refresh fresh wreaths and garlands all season long. You can also use this as a room or upholstery spray!

Greenery Spray | To a 2oz glass spray bottle add:

  • 25 drops Christmas Spirit 10 drops Pine
  • 5 drops Clove
  • A splash of witch hazel
  • Fill with filtered water

Add Christmas Spirit to wool dryer balls and Thieves Laundry Soap for a festive twist and cozy sheets. Use Christmas Spirit to make the DIY Laundry Scent Booster listed below! This is also a fun handmade gift for a new homeowner or homemaker, especially paired with Thieves Laundry Caddy or a diffuser and your favorite diffuser blend! Drop Christmas Spirit onto any porous decor for a passive diffuser! Think pine cones, wood slices, wooden trees, greenery, lava beads, etc. Just make sure to test an area for discoloration or place on the underneath of your decor. Alternatively, drop Christmas Spirit oil onto cotton rounds, tissues or small cloths and place in inconspicuous places – the bottom of waste cans, in air vents, inside drawers, etc. Use Christmas Spirit in any of your favorite DIYs – sugar scrubs, coffee scrub, body butter, etc. Check out the Holiday Handbook Resource for lots of great DIY ideas!

Diffuse various blends perfect for the season:

  • Mulled Cider: Christmas Spirit, Grapefruit, Clove, Lime
  • Tis the Season: Christmas Spirit, Pine, Tangerine
  • Winter Wonderland: Christmas Spirit, Vanilla

Winter Nights Foaming Hand Soap, 3 pack Make the brisk winter air come alive with the scent of Winter Nights Foaming Hand Soap, which is designed specifically for the winter season! Place a Winter Nights Foaming Hand Soap in the guest bathroom for a festive twist. Place a Winter Nights Foaming Hand Soap at the kitchen sink to bring out the scent of the season every time you wash your hands. Pair a Winter Nights Foaming Hand Soap with a festive dish towel and a fresh rosemary plant for a meaningful host gift. Pair a Winter Nights Foaming Hand Soap with a bottle of Thieves Household Cleaner, a bottle of Christmas Spirit essential oil and a 16oz glass spray bottle for a wonderful natural home gift!

Pine (190PV Subscribe to Save) Pine essential oil is an underrated one for sure. This tree oil has an uplifting aroma that creates a breath of fresh air anywhere you use it, encourages feelings of positive energy, repels the influence of negative energy, and has some really unique and incredible health benefits. Make scented fire starters for your cozy winter home and to gift to friends and neighbors! Scented Pinecone Fire Starters:

  • Yarn or twine
  • Large, foraged pinecones from the yard
  • Thieves Household Cleaner
  • Pine or Christmas Spirit essential oils
  • Collect pine cones and lightly spritz them with diluted Thieves Household Cleaner to get rid of any unwanted pests. Allow to dry overnight.
  • Wrap twine or yarn around the pinecones, all the way into the center weaving between the individual scales. You can use festive, colorful yarn for a fun twist or neutral yarn or twine.
  • Drop 5 drops of essential oil onto the yarn/twine of each pinecone. Place in a basket beside the fireplace and add a few to the fire whenever you build one.

Make your artificial tree smell like the real thing with these simple hacks: Add Pine to reed diffuser sticks and place in your tree. Drop Pine onto any porous ornaments. Make a simple DIY Tree & Garland Spray and spritz on greenery as desired:

  • To a 2 oz glass spray bottle add
  • 30 drops Pine
  • Optional: 15 drops Idaho Blue Spruce or Northern Lights Black Spruce
  • Splash witch hazel
  • Fill with filtered water

Make and gift (or keep and use!) this incredible Gardener’s Hand Salve for anyone who works with their hands. DIY Gardener’s Hand Salve:

  • ½ cup cold pressed organic olive oil (or 1 cup if not using arnica oil)
  • ½ cup organic arnica oil
  • 1 Tbsp shea butter
  • 2 Tbsp unrefined extra virgin coconut oil
  • 3-4 Tbsp beeswax pastilles
  • 30 drops essential oils: Myrrh, Frankincense, Lavender, Patchouli, Pine
  • Using a double boiler, place several inches of water in the bottom and place a bowl or pan on top. Turn the heat to low-medium and add the olive oil, shea butter, coconut oil & beeswax and allow it to melt, stirring gently.
  • Remove the bowl from the double boiler. Add Vitamin E oil and essential oils.
  • Allow the mixture to sit for a few minutes to cool but not harden, then pour into the small containers.
  • Essential oils to add for a masculine scent: Sandalwood, Vetiver, Idaho Blue Spruce

Whether your winter skin needs some TLC or you have a more acute need, make this ‘Ultimate Skin Healing Balm’ and use it frequently and liberally! Use whatever oils you have that are listed.Ultimate Skin Healing Balm | To about 1/4 jar of Rose ointment add:

  • 10 drops Pine
  • 8 drops Helichrysum
  • 8 drops Myrrh
  • 4 drops Frankincense
  • 4 drops Lavender
  • Apply to needed area(s) 2-5 times a day. Frequency and consistency are crucial for these big needs!

Make a simple cuticle oil! This also makes a great gift and pairs well with the Gardener’s Hand Salve | DIY Roll-on Cuticle Oil:

  • 1½ teaspoons V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex
  • 10 drops Pine essential oil
  • 5 drops Frankincense essential oil
  • Add all the above to an empty 15 ml essential oil bottle and add an AromaGlide Roller Fitment. Roll onto your cuticles anytime, anywhere.

Use Pine in DIY cleaning products for a fresh, sparkling home.Add 20 drops to Thieves Cleaner (option to add 20 drops of Lemon as well). Make a DIY Wood Polish:

  • 1 cup Olive oil
  • 5 drops Pine essential oil
  • 5 drops Lemon essential oil

Diffuse Pine during meditation for a grounding and empowering experience. Pair it with Cinnamon bark, Tangerine, Frankincense, Christmas Spirit or Vanilla.Take a relaxing epsom salt bath with Pine. Add 20 drops to 1 cup epsom salt and soak in warm water.Add 5 drops to a large handful of massage oil and apply to the skin to relax tired muscles. Or whip up a DIY Massage Oil:

  • 4oz pump bottle
  • 20 drops Pine essential oil
  • 10 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 10 drops Cypress essential oil
  • Carrier of choice

Use Pine to make any of the DIY Cleaning Recipes below or mix it with Lemon or Thieves. Use this earthy tree oil blend to make DIY Beeswax Candles to fill your home with the warmth of the season – and make a few for your friends and neighbors!

R.C. (250PV)R.C. essential oil blend is a powerful combination of Cypress, Spruce, and three types of Eucalyptus oils (E. citriodora, E. globulus, and E. radiata – making it an all time favorite for the winter months! The initials stand for respiratory care, as this oil feels like a deep, cleansing breath.

Make a DIY Chest Rub:

  • 1 cup solid coconut oil
  • 30 drops R.C. essential oil
  • 20 drops Frankincense essential oil
  • 10 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • Mix well and use on the chest, back and neck as desired. Option to whip with a handheld or stand mixer for a fluffier consistency. You can also sub shea butter for some of the coconut oil for a more moisturizing formula.

Add 15 drops of R.C. to a cup of magnesium flakes or epsom salt for a relaxing bath.Place drops of R.C. onto cotton rounds or small cloths and place them in inconspicuous areas of your home, office, even car!Make a DIY Mattress & Linen Spray to use every time you make the bed or change the sheets To an 8oz glass spray bottle add:

  • 1 tsp Thieves Household Cleaner
  • 20 drops each R.C., Lavender
  • 10 drops Tea Tree
  • Fill with distilled water and invert to gently mix.

Add R.C. to wool dryer balls and Thieves Laundry Soap for fresh-scented laundry.Make DIY Scented Sachets to bring a fresh, spa-inspired aroma to any area of your home.

  • ½ cup uncooked rice
  • ¼ cup Epsom salt
  • 1 cup dried lavender buds
  • Muslin cotton drawstring pouches, approximately 5 inches long by 4 inches wide
  • 40 drops R.C. essential oil
  • In a medium bowl, mix rice, Epsom salt, flower buds, and essential oil to thoroughly scent the mixture.
  • Spoon mixture into your muslin pouch.
  • Place anywhere you want to add a fresh lavender scent.
  • Refresh your pouch every 2─3 weeks by opening it up and adding more drops of essential oil.

Use R.C. to make DIY Laundry Scent Booster. To a large glass jar with airtight lid, add:

  • 1 1/2 cup salt Epsom Salt
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 30 drops R.C. essential oil blend
  • Optional: 15 drops Thieves essential oil blend
  • Whisk together until all ingredients are well combined.
  • To use: add 1-2 Tbl into the washer before adding any laundry. Add laundry and the normal amount of laundry detergent.

Use this purifying blend to make DIY Cleaning Fizzies for yourself or a handmade gift.

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup citric acid
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • 4 teaspoons water
  • 40 drops R.C. essential oil (or Thieves or Pine)
  • 3 teaspoons V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex or other carrier
  • Ice cube tray or candy mold
  • Step 1) In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix evenly.
  • Step 2) In a separate bowl, combine water, essential oils or blends, and V-6.
  • Step 3) Pour liquids into the large bowl and mix together until combined.
  • Step 4) Use the mixture to fill an ice cube tray or candy mold about three fourths full. If the mixture expands and spills over the mold, gently repack into the mold.
  • Step 5) Let sit overnight to dry in a room temperature area. When dry, pop tablets out and store in a glass jar.
  • To Use: When needed, put a tablet in the toilet bowl, hard-to-clean bottles, or sink full of dishes to help clean and deodorize. Let sit in the bowl, bottle, or sink for 20–30 minutes to fizz and dissolve. Once dissolved, flush or rinse out.

Make a DIY Carpet & Rug Freshener. To glass jar add:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup salt
  • 40 drops R.C. essential oil (or Thieves or Pine +/- Lemon)
  • Mix well. When ready to use, sprinkle over carpets and let sit for 10 minutes before vacuuming.

Make an Herbal Deodorizing Spray for pet beds, upholstered surfaces, car upholstery, etc! To a 4oz glass spray bottle add:

  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 20 drops R.C. essential oil
  • 10 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops Tangerine essential oil
  • 5 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • Pinch sea salt or splash of witch hazel
  • Filtered water
  • Spray lightly onto surfaces to remove unwanted odors.

Diffuse this spa-inspired oil blend anytime your lungs need a little TLC or you need a quick trip to the spa! Bonus points for adding R.C. to the diffuser during a bath or shower to allow the steam to help open airways even more –

  • Breathe Easy: R.C., Thieves, Peppermint
  • Relax: R.C., Lavender, Lemon
  • Gather Together: R.C., Tangerine, Lemongrass
  • Goodnight Moon: R.C., Lavender, Thieves
  • 2021: R.C., Pine, Thieves, Lemon (are you catching my drift here?!)

Thieves (300PV) Thieves essential oil is a legendary blend of purifying essential oils, Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus radiata, and Rosemary, known for immune support and cleansing properties when taken internally. This oil is definitely one we want to have on hand this time of year!

Make a Daily Wellness roller:

  • 20 drops Thieves
  • 20 drops Pine
  • 20 drops Lemon
  • 10 drops Frankincense
  • 10 drops Oregano (optional)
  • Fill with carrier oil of choice
  • Apply over lymph nodes, along the spine, on the bottom of the feet a few times a day or more as desired.

Add a drop of Thieves to your toothpaste or mouthwash for naturally fresh breath.Make these Detox Bath Salts to use all winter long and to gift to those you love:

  • 1 cup magnesium flakes
  • ½ cup epsom salts
  • 30 drops Thieves essential oil
  • Optional: 10 drops Lemon essential oil
  • Optional: dried lavender, rose buds, rosemary

Add to a glass jar and mix well. If gifting or storing add ¼ cup baking soda or Himalayan salt to help prevent clumping.Use this spicy-sweet blend to make DIY Beeswax Candles to fill your home with the warmth of the season – and make a few for your friends and neighbors!Dilute and apply to the bottoms of your kids’ feet in the morning and for a great day at school.Add a few drops to your dishwater or dishwasher to eliminate odors and boost cleaning.Use Thieves + Orange to make the Scented Pinecone Fire Starters above!Add a drop of Thieves to a cotton ball and place it in a zip top bag with holiday cards to infuse them with the scent of Thieves.Make Oil-infused Bottle Brush Trees with Thieves oil!

  • Large pitcher or jar (big enough for your trees)
  • Distilled water
  • Witch hazel
  • Thieves, Christmas Spirit, Pine essential oils
  • Bottle brush trees
  • Fill the jar or pitcher almost full of water and add a splash of witch hazel. Add about 20-30 drops of oil and stir with a silicone or metal spoon. Hold your tree upside down for about a minute in the water, then take it out and let it air dry!

Make any of the DIY Cleaning Recipes above using Thieves or a mix of Thieves, Pine, R.C. or other favorites.Add 3 drops of Thieves to organic wool dryer balls for festive laundry!Add a drop of Thieves (Vitality) to coffee grounds before brewing for festive coffee or to hot cocoa for a spicy twist. (*Thieves Vitality and Thieves are the same oil.)

Make a Thieves Tea to sip on before bed for an immune boost:

  • Large mug
  • Line with honey
  • Add a drop of Thieves Vitality*
  • Optional: add a drop of Lemon Vitality*
  • Pour warm water over and stir gently.

*Note: Thieves Vitality and Thieves oil are the same. Lemon Vitality and Lemon oil are the same. Diffuse this spicy-sweet blend all season long, and especially during and after gatherings!

  • Fresh Air: Thieves, R.C., Tangerine or Orange
  • Sleep Tight: Thieves, Lavender, Vanilla
  • Lemon Cake: Thieves, Lemon, Vanilla
  • Blueberry Pie: Thieves, Valor

Frankincense (400PV) Add Frankincense to your on-the-go wellness kit for the literal bumps in the road and make this simple, but effective ‘Pavement Spray’. The best part about this is that you don’t have to rub it in onto tender skin!

Pavement Spray | To a 2oz glass or stainless steel spray bottle add:

  • 10 drops Lavender
  • 10 drops Frankincense
  • 5 drops Myrrh or Helichrysum
  • 5 drops Tea Tree or Melrose
  • Fill with fractionated coconut oil
  • Spray onto knees, elbows, any skin that needs some TLC.

Aromatically, it encourages spiritual awareness and is uplifting, making it a wonderful addition to morning prayer, meditation or other mindfulness practices. Diffuse with Frankincense and Tangerine. Apply a drop to the wrists and over the heart. Apply a drop to the crown of the head. Make a Meditation Roller to use during spiritual practices or even to help focus the mind | To a 10mL roller bottle add:

  • 15 drops Frankincense
  • 10 drops Cedarwood
  • 5 drops Peppermint
  • Fill with a carrier of choice. Apply over the heart, back of the neck, on the wrists liberally and frequently.

Add to your favorite skincare products! Frankincense is an incredible skin oil. Add to your Orange Blossom, Bloom or Art Light moisturizer.

Make this DIY Glow Up Beauty Serum:

  • 4oz glass dropper bottle
  • Jojoba or argan oil for carrier
  • 30 drops Frankincense
  • 30 drops Blue Tansy
  • 10 droppersful CBD Beauty Boost (optional)
  • Any other skin-loving oils: Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood, Myrrh, Manuka, Rose

For extra glowy skin, add a roller top directly to your Frankincense and roll it over your face every evening before bed! (Note, if you’re very new to essential oils, we’d recommend diluting a bit.) There is a reason Frankincense was given to Jesus (and Mary!) upon His birth. Frankincense is an incredible oil for supporting skin and tissue during times of injury, and such a gift to new mamas. Use this oil for a relaxing and healing bath (or sitz bath) no matter whose skin needs some help. Healing Bath Soak | To about ¼ cup epsom salt add:

  • 3 drops Frankincense
  • 3 drops Myrrh
  • 1 drop Helichrysum
  • Optional: 1 Tbsp organic arnica oil
  • Sit and soak for 30 minutes or as long as desired

Make and gift (or keep and use!) the Gardener’s Hand Salve (recipe above!) to anyone who works with their hands. Add a drop of Frankincense to Thieves Mouthwash for excellent oral health or add a drop of Frankincense to 1 Tbsp of organic coconut oil for oil pulling.

Make a daily perfume or cologne roller with Frankincense:

  • Frankincense, Tangerine, Jasmine
  • Frankincense, Lavender, Tangerine, Vanilla
  • Frankincense, Vetiver, Bergamot

Make a daily Gratitude Roller:

  • 10 drops Valor
  • 7 drops Orange
  • 5 drops Frankincense
  • 5 drops Joy
  • Top with a carrier oil and roll on liberally + frequently!


Subscribe to Save is your very own custom “monthly wellness box”! Fill it what YOU want, ship it when YOU want. And earn Rewards when you shop monthly! (Those rewards points are turned in dollar for dollar!)

S2S Explained

Subscribe to Save is flexible and makes for the BEST way to buy your Young Living products


You’re in charge. You can change your ship date, the frequency, and the products you add every month, with no minimum order. (But honestly, I’m going to suggest you maximize the rewards here – so I’ll share some tips!)

Need it sooner than scheduled? Easy. Need to wait for later? Ok. You can do that. You’ll love being able to customize exactly what comes to you each month based on the needs of your household.

Here’s the tip on maximizing your dollars – you will earn Loyalty Rewards of 10-25% back to spend like store credit on whatever you want, when your monthly order is 50pv or more.

Once you start switching out all your personal care and cleaning products to the non-toxic YL version you’ll be getting rewarded for keeping your family healthy.


S2S is truly the best way to get clean, safe, and effective essential-oil infused products into your home, at the best value possible!

Where to start?

I’m glad you asked! Head on over to www.youngliving.com, log in, start shopping, and click “Subscribe” for each item you want to add! You can manage your box from the Subscriptions section, and adjust the frequency of your items (Need Thieves Cleaner every 3 months, but Lavender every month? Easy! You are in control.)

Diffuser blends for December!

Ready to have essential oils in your home but not a member of Young Living yet?

Let’s talk about the best way for you to have your own wholesale account. Order what you want online, and start stocking up on life-giving products that are safe for the whole house and effective as heck.

The best bang for your buck is to start with any of our starter bundles. The “Premium Starter Kit” (with your diffuser of choice) is the bundle that about 90% of people start with – but there are other options. Become a member today: https://yl.pe/lori-tisdale

Join our team. And then join our online oil community.

I’m passionate about sharing HOW, and WHY, and WHEN, and WHERE to use essentials oils. You are not alone.


Essential oil friends (or essential oil-curious friends) – I made these DIY images to share with my tribe. And wanted to pass them along to anyone else who likes to #seizetheDIY

Have fun with this DIY recipe card dump! Looking for stocking stuffer ideas? Or for Teacher gifts? Co-worker gifts? Need gift exchange ideas? Find more fun (and free) recipes shared at MoxieOilSupplies VIP Community

Need stickers? https://etsy.me/2V77RPt

Who knew?!

Here are some fun facts:
1. Essential Oils can bypass digestion. Unlike using nearly anything else, your body will experience positive changes from using essential oils whether your gut is perfect or not!

2. Essential oils are fat soluble. Your skin soaks them up and pushes the oils deep into the bloodstream.

3. Essential oils cross the blood-brain barrier. So their wonderful power can flow deep into your system neurologically, and affect every system of the body – quickly.

4.Essential oils work off frequencies. Every single living thing has a different vibrational frequency. Oils stimulate and support certain parts of your body to create specific changes in frequency.

5.Essential oils are adaptogenic. They do for my body what MY body needs, and will do for your body what YOUR body needs.

6.Essential oils work in therapy localization. By applying an oil directly to the area you want support, you’re stimulating the nervous system intensely. Your brain tells your whole body to focus its energy there.

7.Essential oils clean receptor sites. When there is junk on the receptor site, the brain can’t send a signal to the body to tell it what to do or the brain can’t process the information that your body is receiving.

8.Essential oils are safe and easy to use. Period!

9.Young Living Essential Oils can be used through multiple applications.

Apply them! Diffuse them! Ingest them (the Vitality oils)!

(For safety purposes, follow the instructions on the bottle label.)

Holiday Starter Bundle

Convinced yet that this is a good investment for you and others in your home? Let’s talk about the best way for you to have your own Young Living account and start stocking up on life-giving products that are safe for the whole house and effective as heck.

You’re going to want your own account – and the best way to do that is with any of our starter bundles. This is the bundle that about 90% of people start with – but there are other options. Become a member today: https://yl.pe/lori-tisdale

Join our team. And then join our online oil community. I’m passionate about sharing HOW, and WHY, and WHEN, and WHERE to use essentials oils. You are not alone.

Why diffuse essential oils

Hey oiler friends… chime in.

What’s your favorite “why” when it comes to diffusing oils? For me sometimes it’s focus. Sometimes it’s to neutralize the air. Sometimes it’s for my foul mood. Sometimes it’s for focus… oh wait. 🙃😝🤣

Today it’s because this new VANILLA is AMAZING in almost every blend I add it to. I’m curious what it is for YOU!

Thanksgiving diffuser blends

Thanksgiving is almost here! Freshen up your home and create an atmosphere of warmth and connectedness with these diffuser blends.

Convinced yet that this is a good investment for you and others in your home? Let’s talk about the best way for you to have your own Young Living account and start stocking up on life-giving products that are safe for the whole house and effective as heck.

You’re going to want your own account – and the best way to do that is with any of our starter bundles. This is the bundle that about 90% of people start with – but there are other options. Become a member today: https://yl.pe/lori-tisdale

Join our team. And then join our online oil community. I’m passionate about sharing HOW, and WHY, and WHEN, and WHERE to use essentials oils. You are not alone.

It’s so much more…

It’s so much more than ditching the candles for me.

I ditched the pill popping, the negative self-talk, the harmful drinking… and other self-destructive patterns for coping. And they were replaced with some amazing tools + resources… these right here, plus so many other great things including a community of people who cheered me on towards my true potential.

These choices in front of me have literally changed the trajectory of my life. (And if you’d like to know how – I’d LOVE the opportunity to share that with you.) And you know what? I’d be using them and relying on them whether or not I had made a career of helping others with all of these things.

They have quite literally been my joy and my life line. What have these gifts of nature done for YOU?