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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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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All Natural Oral Care Routine for Kids

28
Jul
2016

All Natural Oral Care Routine for Kids

Two weeks ago my six year old visited our dentist for a checkup. Now, I find it strange that he loves going to the dentist, but when I stop to think about it, I shouldn’t be surprised. The dentist has always been a great experience for him and let me share with you why.

He’s had no cavities, doesn’t have excessive tarter scraping, and passes on the fluoride treatment – so it’s a rather quick visit!

We began a natural oral care routine about two years ago and it has been life changing. I shared in my private essential oils education group the day we had our dentist visit about our routine and how effective it was and wanted to share here with you.

Being educated in different alternatives for your family is empowering. That is my heart and passion – to empower moms to care for their families. So let me share our routine with you.

Raw Milk

We began drinking raw milk about two years ago and I do believe it has made a huge difference in the health of my son’s gums, teeth, and overall wellness. I am no scientist but from all I’ve read and heard, the nutrients you get by drinking milk that has not been pasteurized is over the top good! We have a great local dairy that provides great raw milk. I would check into this alternative for your family if you are needing to reduce allergies, have healthier skin, and have brain support. This could be a simple solution.

All Natural, Fluoride-Free Products

We all have been jinxed by thinking we must have fluoride in all our oral care products to keep our mouth healthy and cavity free. It’s completely bogus and I encourage you to do some research. Just Google fluoride and see what comes up for hazards and why you may want to avoid it. We have taken precautions to reduce our exposure to fluoride and using a fluoride-free toothpaste is one area we’ve focused on.

My son loves his Thieves Dentarome Ultra toothpaste – it is his favorite. When he was younger, he did use the KidScents Slique Toothpaste, but he soon wanted to be just like his mommy and daddy, so he began using ours! There is also a Thieves Aromabright version, which he likes, but he prefers the Dentarome Ultra. The great thing is – I have all three types for him to choose from when it’s time to brush.

Why Do I Like These Toothpastes?  

KidScents Slique Toothpaste has both Slique blend essential oil and Thieves blend essential oil in it. This toothpaste tastes GREAT without having any chemicals and unnecessary ingredients. Just stuff to help clean your teeth.  

Dentarome Ultra Toothpaste – I love the taste, texture, and consistency…and my son does too. My husband prefers this version as well. I always get compliments on my bright smile, and I know it is no coincidence that I use this toothpaste which can help keep my teeth sparkly.

Aromabright Toothpaste is also a much loved favorite by many. It has a great consistency and is full of Thieves essential oil.

All these toothpastes have no fluoride, no synthetic dyes, and no artificial colors. Only what you need.

Mouthwash

Have you looked at your mouthwash label lately? Um…pretty darn toxic. Many have alcohol and I would prefer to not use alcohol, and I certainly do not want my little guy using a mouthwash with alcohol.  

The Thieves Fresh Essence Plus Mouthwash is packed with great stuff and no alcohol, synthetic dyes, artificial flavors, or preservatives. My husband I use this concentrated mouthwash and love it. It is great to have a fresh and clean mouth with only a tiny bit of mouthwash used. For my six year old we dilute the mouthwash by 50% with distilled water. I mix up his very own bottle and he keeps it near his sink.

A Great Toothbrush

Sonicare for KidsYou can have all the right supplies, but if you don’t have a great toothbrush, it can fail. For my son, we got him a Sonicare for Kids. It is incredible! It is effective at really helping your child brush well. My favorite part is the beeping it gives my son when it’s time to change quadrants in his mouth. He can get his whole mouth clean and has a timer all in one. It has been the best investment – and I love its ease of use, recharging capabilities, and that he likes using it. No more fighting at brushing time.

Want to Improve Your Child’s Oral Care Routine? Or Maybe You Need to Boost YOUR Efforts?

You’ve likely heard me share about my love and passion for Young Living Essential Oils, and maybe you’ve been interested but not quite enough in the oils. Well, this is your time, because you can jump in and grab some great products for your oral care, as well as your home, by incorporating the Thieves Kit into your home. I also love the Essential Rewards program where I get our items delivered right to my door each month and don’t have to run to the drugstore. I have avoided Target runs now for over two years – which we all know how that works – you run into pick up toothpaste, only to leave with $100 in your cart!

This Thieves Kit is amazing and filled with things you can easily replace in your home with a chemical free option.

Thieves Kit

This Starter Kit is ideal for those wishing to replace harmful chemicals in the home with powerful, natural alternatives.

Kit includes:

  • 15-ml Thieves
  • Thieves AromaBright™ Toothpaste
  • Thieves Fresh Essence Plus Mouthwash
  • 2 Thieves Cleaner  (great for all cleaning, including hot tub maintenance!)
  • 2 Thieves Foaming Hand Soap
  • 2 Thieves Spray
  • 2 Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier
  • 5-ml Stress Away™
  • AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment
  • 10 Sample Packets
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Business Cards
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Oil Bottles
  • 2 NingXia Red® 2-oz. samples
  • Product Guide and Product Price List
  • Essential Oil Magazine
  • Essential Edge
  • Member Resources

Isn’t that an amazing way to re-stock your home with chemical free alternatives? I love the Thieves Hand Purifier for back to school backpacks, the foaming hand soap is incredible for caring for your skin, plus you get a bottle of Stress Away oil – you will want to keep that just for you!

And I have an even better surprise for you!

If you are ready to sign up, jump over now and grab your kit to get you on your way!

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Chemical Free Hot Tub Maintenance

7
Jun
2016

Chemical Free Hot Tub Maintenance

I have been on a mission in our home to use chemical free options for nearly everything – and I do mean everything. From cleaning toilets, showers, hardwood floors, sinks, laundry, dishes, yard spray, and finally we have conquered the HOT TUB! YES!

So, I asked my husband (who is the hot tub maintenance expert in our home) to share how he’s been keeping our hot tub clean and user-friendly with no chlorine or chemicals.

Here He Is Sharing…

I’ll do anything to get my lovely bride to join me in the hot tub for a soak. One of her requirements was for me to drastically reduce the chemicals that we use on a weekly basis, hence my experiment with replacing our Hot Tub Chlorine with Thieves Household Cleaner.

Thieves Household Cleaner

Our hot tub is 300 gallons and over 10 years old – well out of warranty, but has been very reliable over the years. We refill the water and clean the filter every 6 months and we don’t have an ozonator. 

We use the hot tub 1-2 times per week and it’s filled, heated, and maintained year-round. On a weekly basis, I used to add ½ oz. of granulated spa chlorine and check the water chemistry using test strips. The pH and alkalinity usually remained in the correct range and the only chemical I added was the weekly chlorine.

Here’s the disclaimer: I’m not a hot tub salesman or a chemist. I do have extensive experience with my personal hot tub and can accurately measure and predict what is needed to maintain a stable water chemistry. Our water in the Seattle area is fairly soft, but minor hardness adjustment is required during the semi-annual refill.

The New Chemical Free Steps

So here’s how I got my bride in the hot tub more often. During the weekly cleaning, I replaced the ½ oz of granulated spa chlorine with 7-8 ml (1 capful) of Thieves Household Cleaner. If we had a lot of people in the tub for an extended soak, I would usually add another ½ capful of Thieves Household Cleaner immediately after everyone got out. 

After adding the Thieves Household Cleaner, I’d let the jets run for 10 minutes like I would normally do with the chlorine. There was some minor foaming for a minute but this quickly went away. Over the last 3 months, I’ve checked the water chemistry every few days and the only measurable that was different was the obvious lack of chlorine.

Benefits

The results have been great. No chlorine smell, no skin residue, great water clarity, and my bride joins me in the hot tub more often. On a side-note, I’ll occasionally add a 2-3 drops of Young Living Bergamot essential oil or Young Living Grapefruit essential oil and run the jets for 30 seconds before getting in for a nice chill. You might want to consider Young Living Ylang Ylang essential oil as well. (Ooolala!)

From a cost standpoint, a 2 lb cylinder of granulated chlorine usually cost us about $20.00 and would last about a year. The Thieves Household Cleaner is $22 wholesale and will also last you about a year. If you are on Essential Rewards, it will cost you even less – basically $17.60 a bottle because you’re earning 20% back in Essential Rewards points.

Thieves Household Cleaner Details

Thieves Household Cleaner: A Natural Option for Household Cleaners

Not only do I love that my husband has found Thieves Household Cleaner to be helpful to care for our hot tub, I love that I already use it for so many other cleaning jobs in our house, which means we are not buying another product to take up space!

You will find such great results by replacing your chemical cleaners with this plant-based effective cleaner and your family will love you – and your pets!

Like I said at the beginning of the post, I use the cleaner for all my household cleaning – plus outdoor uses. It truly is amazing stuff.

Thieves Household Cleaner: Ditch the Toxins

If the time if now to start ditching the chemicals in your home, I’d love to help you get started.

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