8 Amazing Facts About Essential Oils

23
Jan
2017

8 Amazing Facts About Essential Oils

The other day I celebrated a FOUR year anniversary – not a wedding or engagement anniversary, but the anniversary date of purchasing my Premium Starter Kit with Young Living.  

At that time I was looking for natural ways to support my emotions and was desperate to get a routine in place so I could be the best mom, wife, and friend I could be. I had already tried oils I purchased from Amazon and was so disappointed. I was not seeing the results others were sharing. So after doing more research I soon realized that Young Living was my next and last step.

Within three months I had a plan that supported my desired lifestyle and I began sharing right here on my blog. There were other moms who needed to hear what I shared. They wanted hope too.

So for the last four years I have sprinkled in my journey incorporating essential oils in our home, using them for so many different things, as well as ditching the chemicals we had in cleaners by using plant-based alternatives. I can’t imagine my life and what it could be today if I had not taken this step. I want to share a few facts with you about essential oils and Young Living.

#1: Essential Oils Are NOT New

Some of the oldest cultures on earth used essential oils. The Egyptians used essential oils for beauty and embalming and they were used in communal bath houses in Pakistan and Rome. There are 188 references to the use of essential oils in the Bible. Today, essential oils are considered by many to be the leading edge of natural products. Old things do come back in style!

#2: Essential Oils Are POWERFUL!

Essential oils are the most powerful part of the plant. They are distilled from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, fruit, rinds, resins, and herbs. Oils consist of over 100 different natural, organic compounds.

#3: Essential Oils Support Every System in the Body

In humans, essential oils provide support for every system in the body – from the endocrine system, to the circulatory system, to the muscular system. They support brain health, a healthy weight, are wonderful for supporting your emotional health, and are even great for sprucing up your libido! The uses are endless.

#4: Essential Oils Can Be Used in Different Methods

Oils can be applied to skin (topically), diffused in the air (aromatically), added to your bath, and Young Living’s Vitality line can be added to food and drink. I love some Lemon Vitality oil in my water bottle. It helps me get more water in during the day!

#5: They Are Absorbed Easily by Skin

When they are applied to skin, they are absorbed easily and carried by the bloodstream to every cell in the body within minutes. They can increase oxygen uptake, enhance absorption of nutrients, enhance longevity, and help our bodies detoxify. By simply inhaling therapeutic grade oils, we can uplift our mood and increase our feeling of peacefulness and well-being.

Tests have shown that essential oils reach the heart, liver, and thyroid in three seconds when inhaled. They were also found in the bloodstream in 26 seconds when applied topically. A normal and healthy body metabolizes essential oils in about 3-5 hours.

#6: Essential Oils Are Very Concentrated 

60,000 rose blossoms provide only 1 ounce of rose oil, making it one of the most precious and expensive oils on the market. However, Lavender is abundant – 220 pounds will provide 7 pounds of oil. The amount of plant material required for distilling explains why some oils are more expensive than others. And yet, since we only use a small amount of essential oils at a time, even oils that are expensive are often considered to be very economical.

#7: Purity Is Important

In the United States, there is no rating system for essential oils. The closest we get is an FDA requirement that in order to label a bottle of essential oils “pure” or “therapeutic grade,” the contents of that bottle must contain at least 5% of essential oils. When using essential oils as a natural alternative to support health and wellness, purity is absolutely critical. 95% of the world’s essential oils were created for industrial use. Many of the oils found on the market, even in health food stores, are of low quality. You will want to know the source of your oils.

Young Living offers a Seed to Seal Guarantee – and this spoke volumes to me. Young Living grows their own plants, owns their own fields, works closely with partner farms who abide by the same policies, and controls the entire process from planting all the way through until bottling. If I am going to go the extra step of using essential oils in my home, I want the best. The Seed to Seal Promise means each plant is hand-weeded, there are no pesticides used, no chemicals, and no weed killers. The plants are harvested at their peak and vigorously tested. They go directly from the farm to my home! You can read more on Seed to Seal here.

#8: Essential Oils Offer Incredible Health Support

Using therapeutic grade essential oils and oil-enhanced products every day can help us lead happier and healthier lives. My life is proof. I have been using Young Living oils for four years, and over that time have learned a lot about my body and what it truly needs to run most effectively. God did not create us to “just get by” – He created us to live FULL lives. My life is dramatically different today than it was four years ago and I can say this about my husband and my seven year old too.

How have you incorporated essential oils into your life? If you haven’t yet, perhaps you are intrigued? If you are interested, you can watch a previously recorded Facebook class HERE.

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A Year in Review: Favorite 10 Posts of 2016

2
Jan
2017

A Year in Review: Favorite 10 Posts of 2016

I love going back and doing a year in review and seeing what posts you loved the most!  

Here is the collection. I know we have new readers. It always happens when the Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner is revealed for another year! New moms discover my site and I love that blessing.

We had a year full of adventure – selling our home of 9 years and 80% of our belongings and moving to a remote beach community. You can read more on that in this beachy post (it did not make the top ten – however, it will give you a bit more info on me and my family).

Grab a cup of coffee or tea and check out a few that maybe you missed. You can subscribe to receive my weekly blog posts delivered right to your inbox if you’d like too.

7 THINGS NO ONE TOLD YOU ABOUT MOTHERHOOD

7 Things No One Told You About Motherhood

MOMMY BURNOUT: A REAL REALITY

Mommy Burnout: A Real Reality

12 UPLIFTING BIBLE VERSES ABOUT GRACE

12 Uplifting Bible Verses About Grace

CREATING FIREWORKS IN YOUR MARRIAGE BED

Creating Fireworks in Your Marriage Bed

INSANELY YUMMY #21DSD CHOCOLATE ENERGIZING SHAKE

Insanely Yummy #21DSD Chocolate Energizing Shake

TRIED AND TRUE TIPS FOR SPENDING LESS

Tried and True Tips for Spending Less

SHIFTING TO A FRUGAL MINDSET: PAYING OFF DEBT NOW!

Shifting to a Frugal Mindset: Paying Off Debt NOW!

11 ALL-NATURAL KITCHEN CLEANING RECIPES

11 All-Natural Kitchen Cleaning Recipes

BECOMING A CALM, COOL & CONFIDENT MOM SERIES

Becoming a Calm, Cool & Confident Mom Series

CHEMICAL FREE HOT TUB MAINTENANCE

Chemical Free Hot Tub Maintenance

DIY Frankincense and Myrrh Lip Balm Moisturizer

22
Dec
2016

DIY Frankincense and Myrrh Lip Balm Moisturizer

I am rushing around getting ready to leave town to visit family, but I had to post this awesome DIY recipe for you. I know if we’ve been having cold and dry weather here on the (normally rainy) Washington Coast, that you all must be dry as a bone too!

Our lips have needed extra moisture and even our skin. This powerful DIY recipe has lots of good stuff in it and nothing you wouldn’t want. A good friend of mine shared a similar recipe with me and I tweaked it. Don’t you love that about making your own recipes? You can tweak and see what works best for you. I have been applying this daily to my lips, my son’s lips, and sharing with friends.

It also is fabulous for your dog’s paws. I’ve been putting it on our dog Molly every evening. She has a tendency to chew her paws and they get so sensitive due to the cold and ice, so this has been very helpful for her.

This makes a nice batch to keep on hand and you could even make some for gifts. I made a double batch, which gave me 50 small lip containers and a larger batch for lotion.

 

Enjoy!

Homemade Frankincense and Myrrh Lip Balm Lotion
Soothing and Moisturizing Essential Oil Blend for Lips and Skin
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup Avocado Oil
  2. 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
  3. 1/4 cup Beeswax Pellets
  4. 1/4 cup Shea Butter
  5. 2 Tablespoons Vitamin E
  6. 25 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
  7. 25 drops Myrrh Essential Oil
  8. BPA-free plastic containers
Directions
  1. Put avocado oil, coconut oil, beeswax pellets and shea butter in a glass bowl, and place that bowl in a sauce pan with water.
  2. Heat stove to medium low and mix ingredients together til melted.
  3. Refrigerate the mixture for about an hour until solid.
  4. Take a knife and begin breaking up the mixture and getting it to a creamy consistency, and appears fluffy.  Add the essential oils and vitamin E and mix well.
  5. Fill your containers and store
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5 Must-Have Essential Oil Rollerball Recipes

22
Sep
2016

5 Must-Have Essential Oil Rollerball Recipes

I am sharing a few of my favorite blend recipes for my oily sisters that we constantly have on hand. I have so enjoyed learning about the properties of essential oils and combining single oils into amazing blends where they can work together to help support our bodies.  

Young Living has the most essential oils out of any company in the world – the most singles, blends, and oil infused supplements too – which blows my mind sometimes! Even still, I love to do a bit of “mad scientist” in my kitchen and blend up a few too! 

All these can be placed in a 5 ml or 15 ml bottle (I reuse my old empty Young Living bottles, but if you don’t have any empty bottles I would pick up these to use). Put the indicated drops of oil (or double it) and then add some carrier oil for the dilution you desire. For these I always dilute with at least 1-2 teaspoons of carrier oil, just for preference. I will place a rollerball topper on, and they are ready to go!

Happy Mama Blend

Happy Mama Essential Oil Blend

When you feel like you just need a little something to take the edge off, this one will do it. We all have those days where the morning gets off to a rough start or the dog throws up right when you are running out the door to an appointment. This is when you may need a little emotional support to bring you back to a happy place.

I love having this mixed up and ready to apply. I carry it in my purse. It’s a must! And do not be afraid to use it on other unsuspecting humans – like kids or husband!

Calming Zen Blend

Calming Zen Essential Oil Blend

Do you see a bit of a trend here? My original interest in learning about essential oils was all about supporting my emotions. I was in need of something to help me find calm, ease the mommy frustration, and get my joy back. So I have a lot of different blends for emotional support.  This one is especially wonderful in the evening and also for active kiddos who may be driving you crazy!

Winter Wellness Blend

Winter Wellness Essential Oil Blend

This blend packs a powerful punch. We use it almost daily in our home before my little guy heads off to school. The oils here all have amazing properties and are so soothing. We apply this to the bottoms of our feet, on the spine, or behind the ears. This one is typically diluted with 2 teaspoons of carrier oil. It’s efficient and effective!

Happy Sinus Blend

Happy Sinus Essential Oil Blend

Winter can be a drag for many – but with consistent use of this little gem, you can breath easy all winter long and even into the spring. I will apply this to my forehead or even across my cheeks if need be. I will also run it along the back of my neck or on my chest.

Breathe Chest Blend

Breathe Essential Oil Chest Blend

This will open your airways up to keep breathing easy. The smell is divine and powerful! Dorado Azul is so unique. I love it! This one must be diluted, so be sure to add at least 2 teaspoons of carrier to this recipe. Amazing when applied on the chest or along the spine.  

Mixing up blends so they are ready to apply is one of the best ways to be ready for anything. I have these mixed, labeled, and ready to go.

Which one will you mix up first?

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Is Doing Laundry Killing You?

13
Sep
2016

The Best All Natural Laundry Detergent for Your Family

Okay, I am sure I got your attention with that title. I know most moms feel like doing laundry is a slow death!

But truly (I am being serious here), this is a topic I began learning about two years ago when I made the shift to take control of my family’s health and wellness. I wanted to know what was in the products I used – not just what I put in my mouth, but what I put on my body, cleaned my house with, and more.

Going chemical free has been a game changer in our wellness journey.

Did you know the detergent you are currently using could truly be making you sick or, even worse, slowly killing you with toxins that clog your body and are very difficult to expel?

Here’s a short list of some of the most common dangerous ingredients that you will find in typical store bought laundry detergent (even brands that claim to be “green” and/or “natural”):

Ditching Toxic Laundry Detergent

Go now and take a look at the ingredients in your detergent. Even better, take a look at the EWG.org website and see how they rate the detergent you are currently using. Just warning you – it may scare you!

Um, damage to organs? No, thank you! I feel that we often just chalk these symptoms up to things we just have to accommodate – and that is so far from the truth! Allergies and headaches can all come from added toxins that we do not need.  

Why not find an alternative so you and your family can live the best and most vibrant life now?

I was so happy when Young Living developed an all natural, plant based laundry detergent that I can feel great about using in my home with my family and my pets. What a relief. No more having to read lengthy ingredients on labels or be nervous about some of the ingredients I could not even pronounce or know why it was included.

How about finding a detergent that is concentrated too? This means less waste, less storage space, and less mess. Seriously, doing laundry can be enjoyable! It truly can! I hated lifting big heavy jugs of detergent. It was hard on my wrists. Not with this little concentrated container of Thieves. It rocks because it’s so small and portable!

Thieves Laundry Soap

You get 64 loads (I actually squeak out a few more because I will tip the jugs upside down and let all remains drip out and then add some water to it and swish around to get every last bit!) with this little bottle. I love the smell after my clothes come out of the washer and I can follow up my laundry system with my homemade fabric softener, as well as wool dryer balls. Add a few drops of Lavender or Purification on them in the dryer and it is so refreshing to fold laundry – really! All completely chemical free!

Are you looking for a chemical free alternative for doing laundry? Or maybe you have never even taken a look at your current detergent? That was me two years ago. I had no idea until I began reading labels. 

Grab a bottle of Thieves Detergent or add it to your new member kit.  You can choose from several different starter kits, not just the one with essential oils. Maybe you’d rather start with reducing chemicals in your home. The Thieves Starter Kit is the best one for you! It comes with hand soap, hand purifier, household cleaner, toothpaste, mouthwash, and more. The perfect replacement for all kinds of sneaky items in your home that are filled with chemicals your body doesn’t need.  

Start feeling your best today. You will not be sorry!

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