Podcast #17 Summertime Essentials

Podcast #17

Summertime Essentials

 

Summertime is here! Let’s talk about a few ways we can be prepared this summer.

 

Quick notes:

  • You can take essential oils in your carry on as long as they fit in the standard quart size baggie
  • It is safe for them to go through x-ray
  • Apply your oils before you get on the plane, train, or whatever. Make an essential oil mustache J
  • Have a travel emergency kit

 

Some quick and easy recipes that are nice to have on hand.

 

Cool Down Spray (great for cooling down and soothing the skin- put in the fridge for extra coolness):

+ 2 oz spray bottle

+ 2 Tbsp water

+ 2 Tbsp witch hazel

+ 4 drops lavender

+ 4 drops peppermint

 

Too Much Sun:

2 oz spray bottle

15 drops of lavender (can use melaleuca/tea tree or roman chamomile as a substitute)

Fractionated coconut oil to the top

 

When we are ready for a road trip grab:

  • Cedarwood: freshen up your hotel room & get rid of unwanted critters
  • Lavender: to help you sleep
  • Peppermint: to keep you awake
  • RC: keeps you from snoring
  • Digize: helps with any tummy issues- gas, bloating, or anything digestive
  • Frankincense: helps you focus
  • Purification: for any smelly situation
  • Thieves: keeps the germs away

 

Insect Repellent

If we are heading outdoors we want to keep the bugs at bay. Young Living’s Insect Repellent works better than other natural options without the chemical junk! Some oils that help for an annoyance-free outdoors are purification, citronella, coriander, thyme, lemongrass & peppermint.

Ways to use them:

  • Diffuse them around the BBQ
  • Apply them to the arms, legs or bottoms of the feet(or try a DIY insect spray)
  • Apply to your pets too!

 

The must-haves this summer and how to use them

Peppermint:

  • Great for a throbbing head
  • Keeps you from overheating
  • Helps you stay alert
  • Great for motion sickness
  • Keeps bugs at bay
  • Keeps breath fresh

 

Thieves:

  • Use to boost your immune system- apply under the nose
  • Great hand sanitizer (by it made or DIY)
  • Apply to feet daily for immune support
  • Use on a Kleenex or handkerchief

 

Lavender:

  • Great for after being in the sun
  • Helps us to stay calm
  • Sleep well
  • Great on bug bites (make an Itch stick: 5 drops lavender, 5 drops purification, 5 drops copaiba, carrier oil to the top)
  • Amazing on cuts, scrapes, bruises, etc
  • Works to stop bleeding

 

Lemon:

  • Freshen up your room
  • Cleans up anything on the go
  • Great for cleaning residue on your fruits and veggies
  • Takes off the sticky stuff
  • Promotes uplifting feelings
  • Adds flavor to your water
  • Great addition to smoothies

 

Panaway:

  • Great for aches, pains, and muscles
  • Apply to sore muscles
  • Neck tension on road trips
  • Relief for any muscle cramping or growing issues

Melaleuca (or Tea Tree):

  • Amazing skin oil
  • Mix with vinegar to help with musty/mildew smells in the camper
  • Add to a cotton ball and use for ear support
  • Apply below the eye for gooey eyes
  • Aids with bug bites
  • Zit zapper- apply neat
  • Shampoo booster to keep critters away
  • Great for stinky shoes

 

Patchouli:

  • A little less know but great all over first aid oil
  • Aids in keeping body temperature where it should be
  • Wonderful on cuts, scrapes & bites

 

Grab a bag today and fill it with your summertime must-haves. What will you put in your summer grab bag? Will you be prepared?

 

Be grateful & have faith!
God Bless!

20 Essential Oil Hacks

20 Essential Oil HacksPodcast #16

20 Essential Oil Hacks

 

Let’s talk about 20 quick and easy essential oil hacks that can help you- Every. Single. Day.

 

#1 To remove a splinter

 

Grab 1-2 drops of clove or Thieves essential oil, drop on the affected area, wait a minute or two and watch the splinter come out of the skin. You can then grab a tweezer and fully remove!

 

#2 Freshen up Stinky Laundry

 

Sometimes we forget to switch a load quick enough and other times we just want our laundry to smell amazing! Either way, adding essential oils to a sock or rag is a great way to freshen it up. Dryer balls are also a great way to do this, they speed up out dry time as well as work as a way to effectively add essential oils to the dryer.

 

#3 Make Your Glasses Sparkle

 

Just add a couple of drops of lemon essential oil to your sink or dishwasher for clean sparkling glasses!

 

#4 Remove Sticky Residue

 

Just a drop or two of lemon essential oil to anything sticky will help remove it- like fly tape, stickers, etc. a drop or two and it rubs right off- AMAZING!

 

#5 Say Goodbye to Spiders

 

Peppermint essential oil is going to be your new friend! All you need is a 16 oz spray bottle, 20 drops of peppermint essential oil and water. Then spray inside and outside of your house to keep spiders and the likes away. You can also grab some cotton balls and place them around the perimeter as well.

 

#6 Fresh Smelling Toilets

 

No need for toxic Poo-Pourri Spray, instead just add a couple of drops of essential oils to your toilet bowl and it will freshen up the toliet and the room!

 

#7 Getting All the Oil Out

 

Grab a glass dropper to make sure that you get every last precious drop of essential oil out because we all know how those last few drops like to hide in the bottom.

 

#8 Make Your Oils Last Longer

 

Grab your empty roller bottles and some stainless steel roller filaments to turn your empty bottles into roll on’s. Simple add some carrier oil and whatever desired oils and BOOM! You now have a roll on. You can also grab some empty roll on and makeup concoctions as well. This is a great way to blend up what you or your family needs and make it ready to use!

 

#9 Stronger Nails

 

Grab a bottle of tea tree oil and apply to the cuticles to help grow stronger nails. You can add carrier oil if you would like or apply neat. This is also awesome for your toenails and anything funky you may have going on there J

 

#10 Fight Blemishes

 

Lavender and tea tree oil are amazing applied with or without a carrier oil. When you feel like you have blemish coming, just grab a drop of one or both and be amazed at how well it takes care of the issue.

 

#11 Clean Windows, Mirrors, Stainless Steel, & Fruits & Veggies

 

Grab a spray bottle (16 oz), 1 cup of vinegar and 15-20 drops of lemon or orange essential oil. This concoction will clean your mirrors, windows, stainless steel and clean your fruits & veggies (remember the sticky stuff we talked about earlier, well it also takes care of the waxes or coating on the fruits & veggies). One bottle so many uses!

 

#12 Keep Your Car Smelling Awesome

 

Wooden clothespins are a wonderful way to keep your car smelling great. Put the clothespin on your vent and add a couple of drops of essential oil to make your car smell fresh without the toxic air fresheners.

 

#13 Freshen Sticky Shoes

 

We all know at least one person that has some not-so-pleasant foot odors. Grabbing an essential oil like Purification, Citrus Fresh, or lemongrass can help. Just apply to a cotton ball and place the cotton ball in the shoes or gym bag. You can also just add a drop to the bottom of the shoe as well.

 

#14 Support Your Respiratory System

 

Grab some tissues, put them in a baggie and add a few drops of an essential oil like eucalyptus, Raven, RC, or frankincense, then when you need that extra respiratory support you can open the bag and use a tissue to support your respiratory system. This is also a great time to have a roll on such as Breathe Again!

 

#15 After too much Sun…

 

We all have the days where we forget sunscreen or just simply enjoy the sun for a little longer than we thought. Lavender essential oil in a little bit of carrier oil applied after your skin gets a little too sun-kissed works awesome at soothing the skin. If you also want to cool down the skin, apply a drop of peppermint essential oil. This cools the skin as well as drives the lavender oil in deeper for more skin support.

 

#16 Fresh Smelling Vents

 

If you would like to have your whole house smell good and get the benefits of essential oils, grab some cotton balls with a few drops of lemon, Purification or Thieves, and stick them in your vents. This is also a good time to grab you’re AC or furnace filter and add a few drops to that as well.

 

#17 Be Your Own Diffuser

 

While we can’t always be by a diffuser, we can apply our favorite essential oils to our scarf, diffuser necklace or bracelet and have it with us throughout the day.

 

#18 Clean Your Toothbrush

 

From time to time our toothbrush will fall on the floor or get just needs to be cleaned. Grab your Thieves essential oil and add a drop to the brush head- BOOM! Clean!

 

#19 Tooth Discomfort

 

When we are having a dental procedure done, have a sore tooth, someone has braces or maybe you have a teething kiddo, we have some oils that are great for supporting our oral care. Clove (or Thieves blend) essential oil work great and has a very numbing effect. For the littles or for those who do not care for such an intense feeling, copaiba essential oil works great! It is virtually tasteless and has the same results.

 

#20 Use a Mason Jar for Drinking

 

When we start drinking oils in our water like lemon, orange or Citrus Fresh, we want to make sure that we are using a glass or stainless steel container. One quick way to do this is a simple old mason jar. Add your ice, a drop of lemon essential oil and water to the top and you are ready to go!

 

What is one essential oil hack that you are ready to start using today?

 

Be grateful & have faith!
God Bless!

Time Management

Time ManagementPodcast #15

Time Management

 

We are all given the same 24 hours in a day, so how are we spending them and are we spending them wisely. Let’s take a look at the different ways that we can hone in on our day and manage our time more efficiently.

 

Before you start looking at time management, grab an oil, say a prayer, and do some deep four-square breathing to help clear your mind and see what God is calling you to do. Frankincense, lavender, stress away and clarity are all amazing choices.

 

#1 Goals: What are they and do you have any?

 

Goals are super important. Without them, we don’t honestly know what we are working towards. Our goals are ours and they can be whatever we want them to be but typically, they fall into one of these 7 areas of our life: (taken from Oola) field(work/job), finance, fitness (wellness goals), faith, family, fun(recreation), and friends(relationships). Look at what areas you feel happy in and then find the areas that need work or some balance. Write down these goals so you have a solid plan.

 

#2 Make a schedule: what are you telling your day to do?

 

If you don’t have a planned thing are bound to go amiss. Schedules can feel confining but they are absolutely necessary if we want to manage and be responsible for our time.  Can they be derailed? Can they go off course? Yes! But when we have a schedule we can hop back on at any time. We can be the best stewards of our time.

 

#3 Break down your day: Make it manageable

 

When we have our goal and set a schedule, it makes breaking our day down much easier and more manageable. We can see the goals. We can see our schedule. We are able to make sure that we have the break down to fit in all the areas we need to bring us to the life God has planned for us. When we break down our day we can see the areas that we can add the things we want and take out the things that do not serve us.

 

#4 Prioritize: What is taking precedence in your day?

 

When we prioritize our day, we are able to see, by a list of priorities, what actually needs to be done. We are then able to be more efficient with our time and energy. This can even allow us to see, what might be creeping onto the list that shouldn’t be there.

 

#5 Communicate: Tell your family or those around you what the new game plan is.

 

When we are managing our time, it is crucial that we are able to communicate this to our family, close friends or team members, so that they can help us out. They can catch that vision and actively participate in reaching the goals or helping you reach them. It also teaches your family(spouse and/or children), friends or team members to take a look at how they are managing their time. Are they being good stewards of their time or wasting time.

 

Some last minute notes:

+ Be self- aware and self-motivated

+ Stay focused

+ Manage your stress

+ Work effectively- do NOT multi-task

+ Be organized

 

Remember we all given the same 24 hours in a day. It is up to us to decide how we will choose to use them. Are we take time to watch tv or scroll on social media for an hour a night and complain that we don’t have time to read that book, workout, set a budget or make a healthy meal? If so, we might need to look a little closer at how we are truly managing our time.

 

As always, be grateful & have faith!
God Bless!

 

 

 

 

Mom & Life Hacks

Mom & Life HacksPodcast #14

Mom & Life Hacks

 

As I have gone through life, becoming a mom, running a business from home, and being the cook, chauffeur, and manager of the home, there are certain tips and tricks that I have found make being a mom & life easier.

 

Hack #1 Aloe & lavender

 

Have aloe vera (a plant if possible) and lavender essential oil on hand for all things. Lavender is the Swiss Army knife of essential oils just like aloe is a Swiss army cream for all things. Apply to cuts, scrapes, bites, etc.

 

Hack #2 Do a load of laundry every night

 

I have found that starting a load of laundry every night when I put the kids to bed and then moving it to the dryer before I get into bed, helps keep the laundry monster at bay! I then try to fold that load right away in the morning before the kids wake up.

 

Hack #3 Electric pressure cooker aka Instant Pot

 

This magic pot helps to cook everything quicker and healthier! Cooks frozen meats in less than 20 min, makes perfect rice, oats, and beans, great for making homemade yogurt and more!!

 

Hack #4 Sugar water hairspray

 

A healthier way to have a hairspray that is non-toxic and works! Just dissolve 2 Tbsp of sugar in 1 cup of hot/boiling water. I like to add some essential oils (about 10-15 drops) and sometimes a tablespoon of vodka to preserve it.

Hack #5 Wool dryer balls

 

Grab a set of wool dryer balls(4-6 are recommended). This will cut out the use of toxic dryer sheets. This also will help speed up dry time and you can add essential oils to them for natural laundry scent.

 

Hack #6 Extend the life of your natural products

 

We have found that the natural products that we use (shampoos, conditioners, body washes, cleaning products) are highly concentrated. I have found that we are able to dilute these products making them last 3-4 times longer than we would expect. Check out my facebook page to see the many ways we dilute our natural products.

 

Hack #7 Foaming hand soap

After learning how toxic hand soaps are, I needed to find a healthier way. In walked the foaming hand soap trick. Save or buy some foaming hand soap containers(7-8 oz size), grab some castile soap(3 Tbsp), and choose your desired essential oils smell(8-10 drops) and BOOM! Foaming hand soap- check! Non-toxic and super cheap!

 

Hack #8 Menstrual cup

 

This is an amazing little thing that makes that time of the month more manageable and affordable. It takes a couple of tries to get used to it but the fact that TSS(toxic shack syndrome), chemical exposer and the fact that they can hold a lot and stay in for 12+ hours (depending on flow) makes them AMAZING!

 

Hack #9 Long tank tops

 

Okay so long tanks help those of us fashionably impaired to feel more fashionable, aka the layered look, and they just make life easier by keeping all things covered. They are wonderful for nursing and go with yoga pants or jeans- WIN WIN!

Hack #10 Lettuce in Mason Jars

Lettuce is a staple in our home and we hate to waste anything especially food. So one way to keep our lettuce longer was by storing it in mason jars! We just wash, cut and then keep it sealed in mason jars and have found that instead of 3-4 day shelf life, we are able to get 7-10 days!

 

Hack #11 All in 1 cleaner in your purse/diaper bag

 

Keeping your all in 1 cleaner (aka Thieves cleaner) in my purse and/or diaper bag is a game changer. I just store in a 2 oz bottle and now have an on the go hand sanitizer, cart cleaner, spot treatment on me at all times. I also like to keep a few paper towels in a baggie so that I can spray them and have sanitizing wipes!

 

Hack #12 DIY dry shampoo/mermaid hair

 

Depending on personal preference, these 2 items are an amazing life hack for all of us who are busy… aka EVERYONE! These both help to extend the time between shampooing and are ever so helpful on days when showering is barely an option #mommusthave

I hope you found at least one new life hack that you will incorporate in to make the daily grind just a tad bit easier

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

Hormones & Essential Oils

Podcast #13Hormones & Essential Oils

Hormones & Essential Oils

I am so glad that you are here to learn about happy hormones because let’s be real, sometimes it feels like there’s a dragon roaring inside all of us, and we all can use a little support to tame that wild beast.

Thank goodness for all our oils and all the ways they can support healthy, happy, and balanced hormones!

And just a quick disclaimer—I am not medical professionals. I am not claiming that these oils can cure, heal, or treat any disease or condition. I always encourage you to run these things by your doctor when incorporating something new!

THE ENDOCRINE SYSTEM.

Since we’re going to be talking hormones, let’s quickly talk about the endocrine system! The endocrine system is made up of a network of glands. These glands secrete hormones to regulate many bodily functions, including growth, metabolism, and tissue function, sexual reproduction, sleep, mood, etc. Endocrine diseases (over or under-functioning thyroid, adrenal fatigue, etc.) are common and usually occur when glands produce an incorrect amount of hormones.

We want to make sure that we have an endocrine system that is working well! So let’s support those hormones so that they are working well!

Check out some additional information on hormones and the endocrine system from Dr. Jim Bob Haggerton!

SIGNS OF UNHAPPY HORMONES.

Increased anxiety/depression/moodiness

Low energy

Fatigue

Difficulty sleeping/staying asleep

Excessive hunger

Low libido

Fertility issues

Difficulty gaining or losing weight

Brain fog

Acne

And more. So what can we do?

PROGESSENCE PLUS.

Progessence Plus features some of our most-loved essential oils, including Sacred Frankincense and Peppermint oil, to create a serum that perfectly pampers you. Formulated specifically for women, Young Living’s Progessence Plus is a great addition to your day or nighttime routine.

Primary Benefits:

+ Naturally encourages the body’s optimal balance

+ Absorbs more quickly than other natural progesterone supplements

+ Does not require cycling of the application use

Who should use Pro Plus:

+ Menstruating females over the age of 12

+ Pre- and postmenopausal women

+ Women seeking natural balance

+ Women looking for a calming sleep aid

Do not use in conjunction with contraceptives.

ENDOFLEX.

Application:

– Many apply daily over the thyroid area, kidneys, or feet.

– EndoFlex Vitality is often dropped under the tongue or taken in a capsule.

– Both applications can be diluted if needed.

– Often very beneficial for teens and kids who are developing hormonally.

– Ladies, pair with Progessence Plus for a dynamic duo! Guys, pair with Shutran!

LADY SCLAREOL.

Lady Sclareol is an oil blend created especially for women to enhance the feminine nature and provide a relaxing experience when diffused. This beautiful blend of oils brings love to the heart. It has a wonderful scent and should definitely be used as an alluring perfume!

Use it to energize and enhance your evening with your significant other. Wear some on your wrists or neck. This is a great oil to use to support a low libido that may be due to hormone imbalance.

CLARY SAGE.

It has anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it a great one to use to support and relieve any menstrual discomfort. Supports hormone balance, insomnia related to raging hormones, heavy menstruation, hot flashes, healthy skin, and is a great oil to diffuse when we are feeling those hormonal blues—combine it 1:1 in the diffuser with nutmeg and you won’t be disappointed!!

SCLARESSENCE.

SclarEssence contains a balanced blend of essential oils that align well with common women’s wellness practices.

This oil was specifically designed to support a healthy glandular system, and therefore a woman’s overall wellbeing. This blend is also great to use for emotional support related to hormones, and even as a natural romance enhancer.

FENNEL.

This sweet and spicy oil is great to use to support regular menstruation cycles. If you have an irregular cycle, consider adding this oil into your routine for added support. Use it topically over your abdomen or on your feet. Put a drop of Fennel Vitality in your water or under your tongue. Combine it with Endoflex for an even more dynamic duo!

GERANIUM.

Use this floral powerhouse for all the moody blues that come with unhappy hormones! Diffuse it, wear it as perfume! Geranium supports proper hormone balance and irregularities in menstrual cycles. It also helps with fluid retention that may happen at different times of the month. Use it when experiencing the weariness and moodiness that comes with being a female full of hormones.

DRAGON TIME.

This oil is the perfect choice for supporting normal, healthy emotions during the female monthly cycle. Diffuse it. Put it on your feet or right over your abdomen. Inhale it like your life depends on it. We’ve all seen that dragon roar, right?! Trust me, those around you (and you especially!) will thank you!

A HAPPY THYROID.

Having a happy thyroid just makes us happier people! Our thyroid is one of the major glands in our endocrine system and is extremely vital when it comes to producing happy hormones! When it isn’t working well, there may be increased anxiety and nervousness, hair loss, missed menstrual cycles, trouble sleeping, excess energy or no energy at all, dry skin, joint and muscle pain, and more!

Check out “Taming the Dragon Within” by LeAnne Deardeuff in it she says:

“The thyroid loves Myrtle oil. Myrtle oil is found in Endoflex but sometimes it may be necessary to use more Myrtle in addition to the Endoflex.”

So adding some Endoflex, Myrtle & Lemongrass and applying them topically right to the thyroid gland (right on the throat!)

Caution, some people can be irritated using lemongrass, so be careful in the sun, and use with a carrier oil!

Thyromin is a special blend of porcine glandular extracts, herbs, amino acids, minerals, and therapeutic-grade essential oils in a perfectly balanced formula that maximizes nutritional support for healthy thyroid function. The thyroid gland regulates body metabolism, energy, and body temperature.

LOVE ON YOUR ADRENALS.

First of all, our adrenals love healthy fats. Consider a supplement like Mindwise (healthy fats and brain support!) or OmegaGize (healthy fats and immune supporting essential oils!). Healthy fats help normalize our blood sugar levels, which therefore helps increase our metabolism while maintaining stable cortisol levels! Nothing is worse than a spike in cortisol when you don’t need it!!

A great way to support your adrenals is by using nutmeg, clove, and rosemary essential oils. Combining these three together into a roller bottle has been one of the best ways I’ve been able to support my adrenals! Apply it morning and night!

If you are one of those people who doesn’t just magically pop out of bed in the morning ready to run a marathon while simultaneously cleaning the house and feeding the kiddos-aka if you wake up and struggle to get out of bed in the morning a drop of En-R-Gee on the big toes will also help to kick-start your adrenals and produce that cortisol in your body to help you get going with the day!!

SOME QUICK TIPS

**For any sort of bloating or water retention, apply fennel right on the abdomen.

**For menstrual cramping, layer dragon time with copaiba right on the abdomen.

Consider taking a bath! Add some EOs to Epsom salts and relax your troubles away! Using lavender and stress away for the moody blues, or clary sage for some cramp relief!

HORMONES FOR MEN.

We’ve spent most of this class talking about female hormone health, but let’s not forget to mention our guys! We want them to have happy hormones too! So let’s talk about Shutran!

An empowering essential oil blend specially formulated for men to boost feelings of masculinity and confidence, Shutran is perfect for use as a cologne that appeals to both men and women.

Shutran is great for the men in our lives who are looking for a boost of energy and to naturally support their hormones. Plus it smells amazing and can be combined with Endoflex for an added boost!

 

I hope that you take at least one oily tidbit from this and would love to know one way you will start incorporating some of these into your daily regimen?

 

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

More about Emotions

More about EmotionsPodcast #12

More about Emotions

Some of the most popular questions we get asked regarding oils are how to use them to help manage emotions. Let’s start by exploring the science behind oils and emotions. I want you to be in charge of your emotions and actually, use them for good! Your emotions don’t have to control you. Get ready to release some negative emotions!!!

THE SCIENCE

We’re going to start with some basic science. This is only the tip of the iceberg but when we heard this info for the first time it blew our minds. It sheds so much light on how our emotions affect us and how oils can help.
A New York University study found the only way to release fear from the amygdala (part of the limbic system) is through smell.

Essential oil compounds can actually work to repair and reprogram cellular memory!

THE HOW

Focus on your emotion and your “why.” What situation, what event, what people- what is the “why”?
Then begin to let go of the negative emotion and start focusing on the opposite side of that emotion, or how you want to feel about the situation or memory.
If you are working through a deep-seated memory, this process will take time.

Now that you understand the root of your emotions, apply your oil and inhale it deeply. Begin to shift your focus to the positive. Focus on connecting and building memories and on releasing the expectations you’ve put on yourself.
Remember, everyone’s body and emotional responses are different. So try a few different oils to see which ones resonate best with you!

 

For more in-depth information, I recommend the book, Releasing Emotional Patterns With Essential Oils.

GUT HEALTH

You might think that it’s strange to talk about your digestive system in this class. But the truth is, your gut and your brain are tightly connected and they communicate back and forth all day long! It is important for you to drink water, eat whole food and get a good probiotic like Life 9.

HORMONE BALANCING

When our hormones are not supported out emotions are affected. Progessence Plus and Shutran are wonderful for supporting our hormones.

Progessence Plus(only for women)
Apply 2-4 drops on the wrists or neck daily.
Shutran(for men & women)
Apply 2-4 drops on heart, wrists or feet.
 

NORTHERN LIGHTS BLACK SPRUCE

Helps Release Feelings Of:
Nervousness and hyperactivity
Lethargy and melancholy
Helps promote Feelings Of:
Harmony and goodwill
Relaxation and restoration
Ways To Use:
Add a drop or two to a hot bath.
Add a drop or two to your chosen carrier oil for massage.
Diffuse during prayer time, yoga, and meditation.
 

WHITE ANGELICA

Helps Release Feelings Of:
Greed
Loneliness
Rejection
Shame
Weakness

Helps Promote Feelings Of:
Protection
Strength
Comfort
Wholeness

Ways To Use:
Diffuse throughout the day.
Wear on wrists and chest.

FRANKINCENSE

Helps Release Feelings Of:
Depression
Anxiety
Melancholy
Dwelling on the past
Worthlessness
Helps Promote Feelings Of:
Freedom
Focus
Calm
Support
Ways To Use:
Apply to the forehead, temples, and back of the neck before relaxing.
Diffuse during prayer, meditation, and yoga.

JOY

Helps Release Feelings Of:
Anxiety
Disappointment
Grief and sorrow
Judgment
Helps Promote Feelings Of:
Love (both for self and others)
Balance
Confidence
Ways To Use:
Wear on wrists, the edge of ears, neck or chest. (Possible sun sensitivity).

GROUNDING

Helps Release Feelings Of:
Chaos
Feeling frozen or stuck
Overwhelming
Helps Promote Feelings Of:
Relaxation
Focus
Balance
Clarity
Ways To Use:
Diffuse throughout the day.
Apply to the back of neck or temples.

RELEASE

Helps Release Feelings Of:
Anger
Frustration
Being held back
Helps Promote Feelings Of:
Cleansing
Freedom
Harmony
Ways To Use:
Diffuse throughout the day.
Apply topically to wrists, the edge of ears and feet.

SARA

Helps Release Feelings Of:
Fear
Unmet expectations
Stress
Weight control

Helps Promote Feelings Of:
Freedom
Positivity
Release

Ways To Use:
Apply topically to wrists, ears, neck, and feet. (Possible sun sensitivity).
Add a few drops to a warm bath.

ORANGE

Helps Release Feelings Of:
Anxiety
Tension
Frustration
Insomnia

Helps Promote Feelings Of:
Happiness
Calmness

Ways To Use:
Great to add to diffuser combos.
Add a few drops to a tissue and inhale directly.
Add a drop to your water for a citrus twist.
*Possible sun sensitivity

VALOR and VALOR II

Helps Release Feelings Of:
Fear
Self-doubt – “I’m not good enough”
Defensiveness
Aggression
Persecution

Helps Promote Feelings Of:
Courage
Confidence
Self-esteem and empowerment

Ways To Use:
Apply to chest, neck, and shoulders.
Diffuse throughout the day.
Add a drop or two to your chosen carrier oil for massage.

BERGAMOT

Helps Release Feelings Of:
Depression and fatigue.
Stress and anxiety.
Nervous tension.
Helps Promote Feelings Of:
Sedation and relaxation.
Joy
Freshness
Energy
Ways To Use:
Place a few drops on a washcloth and place it over your chest while taking a hot shower.
Massage over the abdomen
Diffuse in the mornings for an energetic start or simply put a drop in your hands, cup over nose and mouth, and breathe slowly.
I hope that you have learned about at least one new way to use essential oils to support healthy emotions and if you are looking for a wonderful protocol check out the Feelings Kit from Young Living!

As always,

Be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

Essential Oils & Emotions

 

Podcast #11

Essential Oils & Emotions

Essential oils and Emotions

How can oils benefit our emotions?

Essential oils can penetrate cell membranes and cross the brain-blood barrier within SECONDS. This allows them to reach the emotional center of our brain, this is where all of our emotions are stored. Essential oils support the body to come back into balance without harmful side effects or chemical based products. They can have a powerful influence over how we think, how we feel and how we behave. Because of oils bringing balance to emotions, we can do that simply by smelling them, through scents.

The smells of nature leave me feeling uplifted and energized, even just taking a quick walk and getting a breath of fresh air. And nature is essentially what oils ARE so we are going to harness those feelings!

Where to start supporting your emotions with oils?

Let’s start with some of the basic oils. Each oil is incredibly versatile.

COPAIBA:

I add this to body butter or shaving cream!

+ Sweet, warm honey-like scent

+ Often used to improve moods

+ May help relax muscles

+ May help nervous irritability

+ May help on days you feel like you have the blues

+ May promote feelings of contentment and peace

 

DIGIZE:

At first thought, an oil blend designed for digestive discomfort may not come to mind when talking about oils and emotions. But for those who’s emotional stress plays a big part in stomach discomfort this would be a great oil for you to look into!

+ Includes oils such as Juniper which may help bring balance to emotions and the impact of stress of your digestive functions.

 

FRANKINCENSE: I could pretty much talk to you all day about my love for this oil. I use it daily.

+ Grounding

+ May to be supportive of feelings of fear, loneliness, insecure, etc

+ May be calming and relaxing

 

LAVENDER:

I can’t think of hardly anything I DON’T use lavender for!

+ May promote restful night sleep

+ Calming

+ Safe with little ones

+ May support those wanting to combat irritability and frustration

 

LEMON:

Studies have shown that just inhaling lemon essential oil can help with feelings of sadness. I love diffusing this in the morning and adding a drop to my water.

+ May help with clarity of thought

+ May be uplifting

+ May help with focus and concentration

 

PANAWAY:

Another essential oil you don’t think of right away when you’re thinking about emotions but it definitely has more uses than just helping soothe tired and sore muscles!

+ Cool and invigorating smell

+ May promote feelings of energy

+ Place one drop in hands and rub together and inhale!

+ May be uplifting to body and mind

+ May promote feelings of vibrance and ability to letting things go

 

PEPPERMINT:

It has so many uses. I love this oil to help wake me up in the morning and feeling alert!

+ Invigorating smell

+ Smells crisp and clean and cool

+ If you are experiencing emotional stress in your digestive system (ex: knots in your stomach) this would be a good oil to check out

+ May promote clarity and concentration

+ May promote energy

+ May be helpful for combatting stress

 

CITRUS FRESH:

This is one of our favorites in our home for using with laundry and diffusing to help cleanse the air but it also may have uses to help with our emotions!

+ Contains orange, lemon, tangerine, mandarin, grapefruit which may be helpful in promoting feelings of happiness

+ May promote relaxation

+ May help with lessening feelings of anger

 

RAVEN:

+ May be uplifting

+ May be energizing

+ Supports lymphatic system

+ May be helpful in feeling rejuvenated

 

STRESS AWAY:

One of my very favorite oils ever! I could sing love songs to it all day long.

+ Lime and vanilla two key ingredients

+ May be helpful in combatting emotional stress

+ May be helpful in combating nervousness

+ May help promote relaxation

+ May promote calming feelings

+ Would recommend adding your roller top to this bottle and roll it on the back of your neck!

 

THIEVES:

It has so many uses for helping to boost our immune system but may also help with our emotions as well!

+ May promote relaxation

+ Smells like Christmastime!

+ May promote feelings of clarity and focus

+ May help with feelings of uncertainty

 

When dealing with hormones and emotions some great ones to grab for are: Endoflex, Progessense Plus & Dragon Time

 

Wonderful diffuser combos for emotions are:

Joy + Tangerine.

Stress Away + Citrus Fresh.

White Angelica.

Release + Purification + Joy.

Frank + Lemon + Stress Away.

 

Every one of us is different:

Definitely try various combos topically and diffused consistently as you seek out the best support for YOU!!!!

Remember that being consistent daily is a HUGE KEY to these beautiful oils.

Thank you all so much for taking the time to join in and listen!! I hope that this little introduction to essential oils and our emotions was helpful to each of you!

For those of you who joined in tonight but have yet to take the leap into getting a starter kit- now is the time! Joining Young Living is hands down one of the best decisions I have ever made for our families wellness journey.

As always be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

He has Risen! Happy Easter!

He has Risen!

Happy Easter!

John 20:1-18

As always be grateful & have faith~ God Bless!


He has Risen!

Chemical Free Home

Chemical Free HomeSimple Blessings & Oils

Podcast #9

Chemical Free Home

We know this is a very popular topic because we ALL want to know how to clean our homes without exposing ourselves and our sweet babies to all the toxic things in the world! So let’s start with why we should avoid toxic chemicals, what chemicals we want to avoid, and what we use instead!

Chemical Dangers….The Why!

The Toxic Substance Control Act of 1976 grandfathered in an estimated 65,000-100,000 chemicals currently on the market today. What does that mean to you? Simply put: these chemicals have not had any safety testing and we know very little information about their effects. Of the chemicals tested, toxic labeling is required only if 50% or more of the animals tested with a chemical die. Scary!

Chemicals to Avoid:

There are so many chemicals in our everyday products that are harmful to our health and bodies without us even knowing. What I want to do is EMPOWER our people and EDUCATED everyone on what to avoid and how to avoid it.

Here are just a few to be aware of:

+Fragrance:

Short-term toxicity can include coughing, skin irritation, rash, wheezing, headaches, nausea, vomiting, and irritability. Long-term toxicity can include cancer, lung disease, heart disease and reproductive disorders. Found in: scented candles, perfumes, lotions, and many more just start looking at labels and you will be surprised.

+Triclosan:

Used in many formulations as an antibacterial agent to prevent or reduce bacterial contamination but has been banned in hand soaps in some areas. Sadly it is still found in many other products like soaps, deodorants, cosmetics, shave gel, first aid spray, kitchenware and children’s toys.

+Phthalates:

A low-cost endocrine-disrupting chemical that in lab studies has shown to interfere with hormone production in rats and mimic estrogen in human studies. Found in: plastic food packaging, lotions, skin moisturizers, fragrance, cleaners, glues and nail polish.

+Formaldehyde:

This is a known carcinogen and recognized as such by the Cancer Institute. Exposure can cause eye irritation, asthmatic response, skin irritation, headaches, and nausea. Long-term effects include cancer and possibly leukemia. To make things even more alarming, this isn’t an easy ingredient to find. The ingredients are often listed as it’s fragmented name. Found in: baby shampoo, pet shampoo, shampoo and conditioner, body wash, sunblocks, cosmetics, baby wipes, toothpaste, and more.

So with even just this short list, what do we use now!

I personally have slowly transitioned over the years to more and natural products as I have learned about the dangers of conventional products. I tend to love DIY recipes but the majority of the ones that I will make all are based on cleaning! Why?

1/Because they’re easy

2/Because they’re cheap….like really cheap!

3/Because they’re not dangerous to me or my family.

And that is reason enough for me!

If you took away ONE thing, I hope it’s this one! I use 6 main ingredients to clean my entire house!!! I like to boil down most recipes and use the bare minimum.

So here’s the low down on what you need:

1/Thieves Home Cleaner

2/Water

3/Baking Soda

4/Vinegar

5/Castile Soap

6/ Essential Oils

The Thieves Home Cleaner:

It is formulated with the power of Young Living’s Thieves oil blend, you can get a deep clean without dangerous or synthetic ingredients. Thieves cleaner also includes the scent of Lemon essential oil for an even more uplifting aroma. This all-purpose cleaner can be used on any surface in your home for dusting, spot cleaning, scrubbing, or any other cleaning need. Wherever you use it, you’ll feel good knowing it’s safe to use around everyone in your family, including pets.

+All Purpose: Combine 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner and 2–3 cups water.

+Degreaser: Combine 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner and 1-2 cups water.

+Glass and Mirror Cleaner: Combine 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner, 5 drops Citrus Fresh essential oil blend, 1 teaspoon white vinegar, and 3 cups water.

Who else has a love affair with the Thieves Cleaner?

Sink and Tile Scrub Recipe:

This recipe WORKS!!!! If you are new to DIYs, then you can always stick with just two ingredients, the Thieves Cleaner and the Baking Soda!! Mix in a bowl and use throughout your whole house on grimy surfaces! Use this mixture on: tubs with tough grime, toilet, sinks, & tile. Who else has tried a million natural cleaners for the bathtub with no success? Who will be trying this one soon? I will post it on the blog!

Bathroom Spray:

A fragrance is what I always want for the bathroom! I only want to smell daisies and roses and a clean tub!! Whip up this recipe to keep on the back of the toilet for your own bathroom of the guest bath!! Not only will it smell amazing but you won’t be breathing in toxic chemicals!

Foaming Hand Soap:

This is the first DIY recipe I ever made! Why? Because it was cheap! 🙂 AND I ordered every ingredient outside of the oils from Amazon! If you want a quick Hand Soap without the DIY, you can always grab the Thieves or Lavender soap ready to go in a pump in your next order! Young Living even has a large hand soap refill container. Create your own oil combination of essential oils for your hand soap- we like Thieves oil with some orange the best!

What else should can we do?

As far as cutting other chemicals out, look everywhere but some other easy DIY’s to start are things like wood polish, dishwasher soap, mattress cleaner. We can also replace things like dish soaps, fruit and veggie wash, laundry soap and more. Speaking of laundry lets not forget dryer sheets. Dryer sheets are one of the top toxins in our home and they are really simple to replace. There are DIY fabric softeners or my favorite, dryer balls! Now, all we use in our home is dryer balls and a few drops of essential oils! Order a pack of balls on Amazon, Etsy, or find it at your local natural grocer and add your favorite combo of oils!

Today I want to challenge you to start with one chemical in your home and find a way to replace it with something better. Take small steps to a healthier home, a chemical free home.

Will it be your hand soap? Your all-purpose cleaner? What will it be?

As always, be grateful & have faith!

 

Water Kefir & Kombucha

Podcast #8: Kefir water and Kombucha

Kefir water and Kombucha- what are they and what is the difference between them. Some of you may have heard of Kombucha and maybe you have even tried it but do you know why it is good for you and how easy it is to make? Kefir water is a little less know but similar.

What are they?

Kombucha and Kefir water are both fermented beverages.

Kombucha is made with a scoby(symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast), held together by polysaccharides. It looks like a mushroom but is not fungus. Kombucha is known to contain a variety of yeast and bacteria.

Kefir water is made of “grains” which are a colony of bacteria and yeast. They look like small translucent grains. The term “grains” is only used to describe their appearance. Kefir grains contain no actual grains such as wheat, rye. Etc. They also contain a variety of bacteria and yeast.

Preparation and time frame:

Kombucha is prepared by adding starter tea and a kombucha culture (your scoby) to sweet tea (black, green, oolong, etc). This Is then fermented for 5 to 30 days depending on the flavor you desire.

Water kefir is prepared by adding water kefir grains to sugar water (we add a little molasses and baking soda for added minerals). This is then fermented for 24-48 hours.

Do you flavor them?

Kombucha is tangy, kind of sweet and effervescent. The flavor varies greatly depending on how long you allow it to ferment and the tea that you use. The fermenting or culture time really determines whether the kombucha tea has a very mild taste or a strong vinegar-like taste. Kombucha can be flavored or you can drink it plain as well.

Water kefir can be sweet and the longer we let it ferment or culture the less sugary it is. It is recommended that you flavor water kefir because the taste of plain water kefir isn’t as pleasing.

Which is better?

Kombucha can aid in our digestion It also adds to our beneficial bacteria in our gut and it contains some acids and enzymes to aid in breaking down food.

Water kefir is more so a probiotic drink. It contains acids and enzymes to aid in digestion though not quite as strong as those in kombucha. Water kefir does, however, have a greater number of bacteria strains than kombucha.

Both drinks are very beneficial in aiding our natural body systems and both are great for hydration. Depending on what flavor you like and the health benefits you are looking for, consuming one or both is a matter of individual preference.

 

Kombucha Water kefir
Brew time 5-30 days 24-48 hours
Brews in Sweetened tea (black, green oolong) Sugar water(juice or coconut water can be used)
Batch size Quantity not limited by size of scoby Limited to size depending on the amount of grains(usually about a gallon)
Flavor Tart, slightly vinegary. Gets stronger as it brews Sweet. Should be flavored with fruit juice or extracts
Carbonation Effervescent Slightly bubbly(very bubbly after 2nd fermentation)
Drink it plain? Yes, but flavor is good too! Not recommended
Contains Probiotic & yeast Probiotic & yeast
Culture growth The mother scoby always produces a baby which can be given away. Grains will multiply- sometimes slower and other times very quickly.
Health Benefits Detoxifier & digestive support. General health & probiotic supplement.

 

Instructions for making Kefir Water

  1. Pour 1/4 cup sugar into the jar.
  2. Add 1/2 cup hot water.
  3. Swirl to dissolve the sugar.
  4. Add 3 cups room temperature or cool water.
  5. Check the temperature of the liquid to make sure it’s room temperature ( 68°-85°F.)
  6. Add the water kefir grains
  7. Cover the jar and place in a warm spot, 68°-85°F, to culture for 24-48 hours.
  8. After culturing is complete, prepare a new batch of sugar water, (steps 1-4 above).
  9. Separate kefir grains from the finished water kefir.
  10. Place kefir grains in the new batch of sugar water.
  11. The finished water kefir is now ready to consume, or flavor.

 

Making Larger Batches

To make larger batches, use up to 2 cups grains and use 1 cup cane sugar per gallon of water.

The best method for removing water kefir grains from finished water kefir is to use a plastic mesh strainer. Simply set the strainer on top of a clean jar and pour the entire batch of finished water kefir through the strainer into the jar, catching the grains. Transfer the grains immediately to the new batch of sugar water.

Kombucha Ingredients & Ratios:

One-Quart Batch:

  • 1½ teaspoon loose tea OR2 tea bags
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2-3 cups water
  • ½ cup starter tea or vinegar

Half-Gallon Batch:

  • 1 tablespoon loose tea OR4 tea bags
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 6-7 cups water
  • 1 cup starter tea or vinegar

Gallon Batch:

  • 2 tablespoons loose tea OR8 tea bags
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 13-14 cups water
  • 2 cups starter tea or vinegar

Instructions for Making Kombucha Tea

 

  1. Combine hot water and sugar in a glass jar. Stir until the sugar dissolves. The water should be hot enough to steep the tea but does not have to be boiling.   
  2. Place the tea or tea bags in the sugar water to steep.
  1. Cool the mixture to 68-85ºF. The tea may be left in the liquid as it cools or removed after the first 10-15 minutes. The longer the tea is left in the liquid, the stronger the tea will be.
  2. Remove the tea bags or completely strain the loose tea leaves from the liquid.
  3. Add starter tea from a previous batch to the liquid. If you do not have starter tea, distilled white vinegar may be substituted.
  4. Add an active kombucha SCOBY.
  5. Cover the jar with a tight-weave towel or coffee filter and secure with a rubber band.
  6. Allow the mixture to sit undisturbed at 68-85°F, out of direct sunlight, for 7-30 days, or to taste. The longer the kombucha ferments, the less sweet and more vinegary it will taste.
  7. Pour kombucha off the top of the jar for consuming. Retain the SCOBY and enough liquid from the bottom of the jar to use as starter tea for the next batch.
  8. The finished kombucha can be flavored and bottled, if desired, or enjoyed plain.

Ask on your local crunchy mom’s Facebook group or check out www.culturedhealthforlife.com to purchase kefir or kombucha supplies.

Have you tried either? Which drink are you ready to try? What is your favorite flavor?

As always be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

 

Gut Health

Gut HealthPodcast #7

Gut Health

All disease starts in the gut ~ Hippocrates

Your gut is the cornerstone of your health and overall immunity.

  • The gut is known as our 2nd brain
  • Gut bacteria 10:1 from human cells

Why is our gut health so important?

  • Gut bacteria assist in the breakdown of our food
  • Without the right balance of bacteria, our digestion and assimilation is sub-optimal

All of this has powerful implications for the health and vitality:

  • Immunity & protection from food allergies & intolerances
  • Cognitive memory & brain health
  • Natural detox pathways and so much more

 

Our gut acts as the frontline for our immune system and contains our amazing microbiome. What is our microbiome?

It Is the collection of microbes that live in and on the human body known as microbiota. Our microbiome refers to the complete set of genes within these microbes. These microbial genes significantly influential to how our body operates. We each have a unique microbiota and microbiome. The role of the microbiome is so central to the body’s operation that it actually acts as an organ. It impacts aging, digestion, immune system, mood and cognitive function. Research is also showing a huge relationship between the brain and the gut called the gut-brain axis. Our microbiota also interacts with our central nervous system to regulate our brain chemistry and mediates our stress response to things like anxiety & memory. We are first exposed to microbes during birth. This is why we see a difference in the gut health of those born vaginally vs. via c- section. Babies born via c- section are know being swabbed with mom’s vaginal bacteria to optimize babies all over health.

Gut bacteria is absolutely essential for proper digestion.

What does it mean to have a healthy digestive system and a healthy gut?

Your poop- How often do you go? Do you have discomfort-diarrhea, constipation, bloating, headaches, unusual cravings, or pain? These can be a response to stress or specific foods, so watch for and avoid triggers. Sometimes things might not be as noticeable but still signs of an underlying issue like a weakened immune system, trouble concentrating, mood swings or emotional upset.

 

Some of the common reasons that our gut health is off:

  • Poor nutrition- eating more processed foods and less fresh or fermented foods
  • Stress- mental, heavy metals and environmental toxins
  • Modern medicine- over use of antibiotics, synthetic drugs, contraceptives, etc.

So, what do we do and where do we start?

Watch what we eat- read labels, cut out processed foods, add more fermented, raw and natural food choices. Since we know that by changing our gut health we can improve our immune & brain function, reduce feelings of sadness & anger, obesity, toxin levels in the body, fatigue, allergies, and more.

Here are some easy steps to improving it today:

  • Probiotic-rich foods- kefir, sauerkraut, etc.
  • Prebiotic-rich foods- garlic, onions, etc.
  • Probiotic supplements- Life 9 from Young Living is amazing and works synergistically
  • Cut out sugar & processed foods
  • Enzymes- amylase, cellulose, lactase
  • Digize essential oil- contains the blueprint for your enzymes
  • Ningxia Red- fills in your nutritional gaps
  • Digest & Cleanse- balances gut & supports healthy digestion
  • Open windows-indoor air affects our microbiome
  • Stress less- #1 cause of disease in our bodies 95% of the time
  • Laugh more- improves gut flora
  • Limit use of medications
  • Exercise regularly
  • Get enough sleep (7-8 hours recommended)
  • Don’t be a clean freak
  • Garden

What is one change you are going to make to improve your gut health?

Remember the 4 R’s: Remove, Repair, Restore & Replace.

All disease begins in the gut and so does your health!

Remember to be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

Essential Oils & Kids

Podcast #6 Essential Oils & Kids

Essential Oils & Kids

Let’s talk about kids and essential oils

I am not a doctor, I am just a mom here to share how I have used essential oils successfully.

 

Throughout history, wisdom has been passed down from generation to generation especially when it comes to natural remedies and even essential oils. Essential oils date back to the Bible and were often more valued than money because it didn’t matter if you were rich and sick, without your health, you had nothing. Things like elderberry syrup, onions, & pickle socks are all wisdom passed down from other moms and relatives that care.

 

One way to a healthier family is detox baths

Detox baths: 1 cup Epsom salt, ½ cup baking soda, 5-10 drops of essential oils. Add to the bathtub or foot tub to pull toxins from the body.

Not all oils are created equal check out www.seedtoseal.com and find me on Facebook to learn why Young Living is our oil of choice.

Essential oils support healthy kids- behavior, digestive, skin, immune & mood

Speaking of mood, orange oils is amazing for the mood. It is known as the “let it go” oils. Drinking, diffuse, or apply topically. It is also in our Happy Roll-on: 3-5 drops each of orange, lemon, grapefruit, citrus fresh and filled to the top with a carrier oil of your choice.

So what are the ways to use them with kids?

Topically:

Using the vita flex chart, I love to apply to the bottoms of the feet or area of discomfort.

Aromatically:

This is a quick easy way to start introducing kids to oils. A drop or 2 in the diffuser and then working your way up to get the benefits and desired results.

Internally:

We love to flavor our waters with essential oils and use them frequently in recipes while cooking. This is another way to support their health and well-being. In our family, citrus oils like lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, lime, citrus fresh, and orange make our water a bit less boring and more delicious. Great way to support their immune system!!

Be an empowered parent!

Read, learn and trust your gut. Do research and make informed decisions. Some books I love are Gentle Babies by Debra Raybern and Evidence-Based Essential Oils Therapy by Dr. Scott Johnson. Also making sure that you find a doctor or practitioner that is well versed in natural alternatives like homeopathy and essential oils.

 

Dilution ratio for kids:

Always check labeled recommendation and then dilute accordingly.

Ages 0-1

: 1/8 labeled concentration

Ages 2-6: ¼ labeled concentration

Ages 7-11: ½ labeled concentration

Ages 12+ : full labeled concentration

Grab a high-quality carrier oil for dilution. We love coconut oil and jojoba oil!

General safety guidelines for kids:

  • Do not ingest for babies
  • Diffuse start low and go slow
  • Spot test on kids especially when sensitive
  • Using essential oils in the bath with Epsom salts so that they do not sit on top of the water
  • If babies/kids are new starts out by wearing the oil or diffusing it in a large room

 

As always be informed and trust your gut!

So when in doubt…

  • Start slow
  • Use the bottoms of their feet for application
  • Diffuse on a large area
  • Apply with a carrier oil

 

Some oils to use caution with when using with small children are:
  • Idaho Tansy
  • Hyssop
  • Sage
  • Clary Sage
  • Wintergreen
  • Eucalyptus

Do your research and know your comfort level

 

When 800 moms were asked…

What were there must have essential oils- these are the ones that made the cut!

  • Lavender~ diffused at night for calming and sleep, great for skin support and relaxing to muscles
  • Thieves~ diffuse during school to cut down the crud, apply to the bottoms of the feet for a wonderful immune support, great for oral care
  • RC~ supports all things respiratory and congestion, great diffused for a healthy respiratory system as well as applied topically to the chest and bottoms of the feet.
  • Peace & Calming~ great to support relaxation and calming the stress of the day. Apply to the feet before bed to unwind
  • Purification~ great for anything that itches, any kind of odors, and for an annoyance-free outdoors
  • Frankincense~ one of my favorites for immune support, grounding, and sleep
  • Stress Away~ this one is great for helping to soothe a child’s tough day and helping moms feel more in control when life gets crazy
  • Copaiba~ this is the amplifier, it magnifies other oils 10x, helps with inflammation, and is great for all over health and wellness

 

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to naturally supporting your children’s health and well-being with essential oils.

Do you use essential oils?

Are you ready to start? And if so- how do you use essential oils for your family? I challenge you to look at an area in your family’s health that could use some support and give essential oils a try.

 

As always, be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond – part 2

Simple Blessings & Oils Podcast #5

Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond- part 2

Pregnancy, birth & beyond with essential oils

Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond part 2

Let’s talk about birth & beyond

Birth can be exciting, scary, & somewhat unknown. What we need to realize is that pregnancy and birth are also natural and God created our bodies for this amazing process and new life. I want to talk about the many ways that we can support our bodies and our babies when it comes to pregnancy & birth. When I was having our 6th baby I had used essential oils throughout my pregnancy and really just steered clear of the hormonal oils. I love when people ask about the safety of essential oils but do not consider the safety of the products that they are already using- shampoos, deodorants, lotions, make-up, household cleaners and more. Pregnancy is one of the most important times to really take a look at what you are using, the chemicals it contains and how it could impact you and your baby. It only takes 26 seconds for what you apply topically to enter your bloodstream.

 

I also want to state that I am not a doctor and I am not here to treat, diagnose or prescribe but instead share tips on things that I have used and learned through the years and pregnancies. I am also only talking about Young Living essential oils as they have the Seed to seal guarantee for quality and purity. If you so choose to use others, I cannot guarantee they will have the same effect.

So what are the oils to use for this amazing process…

Lavender essential oil-  This oil is amazing especially towards the end of pregnancy and during the birth of your baby. I love this oil to support your round ligaments, during those pesky Braxton Hicks

Contractions. Also great for relaxation, sleep, and super gentle for both you and baby.

Frankincense essential oil: It is holy oil! This is great for supporting our immune system, it is very grounding, aids in relaxation and promotes happy feelings, and is wonderful during times of prayer. I love to anoint my newborns head with this while saying a blessing over them.

Sleepy roll-on: 2 drops frankincense, 2 drops lavender, fill with a carrier oil in 10 ml roll on.

Olive oil is wonderful and should be added to your birthing supplies! This is amazing to apply during diaper changes, it makes the meconium wipe off their newborn bottoms super easy and works wonderfully as a non-toxic way to clean and not dry out your newborn’s skin.

Gentle baby essential oil: Very relaxing for both mom and baby. Wonderful for relaxing baby when they are fussy. This is also a wonderful oil to rub on mom’s abdomen while in labor to aid in progression. It is a very calming oil.

Tea tree essential oil: Wonderful to add to your perineum bottle in the hospital/home for cleaning your bottom after delivery. Helps to keep everything smelling and feeling fresh down there after delivery.

This is also a wonderful oil to add to a Tushy Spray(also cloth diaper safe): 2 oz spray bottle, 4 drops lavender, 4 drops tea tree and 4 drops myrrh essential oil and fill to the top with a carrier oil such as coconut oil.

While we talk about down there…

Claraderm Spray: This works phenomenally for preparing the perineum before delivery and helps with healing after delivery. Some women start this spray around 34 weeks and continue until the baby arrives and then as needed after delivery.

DIY PeriSpray: 2 oz spray bottle, 4 drops myrrh, 4 drops frankincense, 4 drops lavender, 4 drops tea tree, 4 drops Roman chamomile(German can be used), 4 drops helichrysum, coconut oil to the top of the bottle.

Popsicle pads(padsicles): Heavy flow pads, Aloe Vera gel, witch hazel, tea tree essential oil, and lavender essential oil. Apply to the pads and stick in the freezer to use postpartum.

Valor: This great for confidence and fear. It is also amazing to help you get solid sleep and it helps you to hold your chiropractic adjustments. It has been coined “Chiro in a bottle.”

Sacred Mountain: This is a high-frequency oil and is wonderful for creating feelings of strength, empowerment, grounding, and protection. It is known to one of the most helpful essential oil blends emotionally which is why it is so powerful for during labor and after.

 

These are just a handful

of the essential oils that can be beneficial for you, baby and those around you during this amazing part of life. What oils do you feel would benefit you the most? What oils have you used in the birthing process? I hope you found value and learned something new!

 

As always be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

 

 

 

 

Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond- part 1

Simple Blessings & Oils Podcast #4

Pregnancy, birth & beyond with essential oils- part 1Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond Part 1

Most people are open to the use of essential oils until they become pregnant…. Then they hesitate. Are they safe? Can I use before, during and once my baby is born?

There are lots of question and after much research and questions myself, I am here to share things that I have found to support your body during this amazing time in a woman’s life.

I also want to state that I am not a doctor and I am not here to treat, diagnose or prescribe but instead share tips on things that I have used and learned through the years and pregnancies. I am also only talking about Young Living essential oils as they have the Seed to seal guarantee for quality and purity. If you so choose to use others, I cannot guarantee they will have the same effect.

So, let’s talk application.

Topical:

When you are pregnant and new to essential oil, the feet are always the best place to start. Not only do our feet contain over 2,000 pores but they also contain the Vita Flex points to every system in our body. The skin is also the thickest on our feet and this is the farthest area from our mucous membrane, which can be more sensitive. The feet are also a great place for application on children as well. You can also apply areas to the area of discomfort as well, such as the head for head discomfort and the lower back for sciatica support.

During pregnancy and nursing when applying essential oils topically a 1% dilution is recommended in general (1 drop of essential oil to 1 Tbsp of carrier oil). This is not a hard and fast rule but when one is sensitive or new to essential oils, it is a good guideline.

Diffusing:

Diffusing is another wonderful way to experience the amazing benefits of essential oils. A good place to start is 2-3 drops in a diffuser and adjust accordingly.

Internal:

Ingesting essential oils can be a hot topic and everyone has an opinion. Research shows that in order for an essential oil to be toxic you would literally have to dump bottles of it into the body. This is not how essential oils are ever meant to be used. When using Young Living’s pure therapeutic grade essential oils I personally do not hesitate to add to my water, food or vegetable capsule but every person will have to make this decision and be comfortable with it. Just also know that there are other ways to use the oils without ingesting if you so choose.

Don’t be so Emotional

Supporting out emotions while pregnant is a huge and our ears contain the amazing Vita Flex emotions chart. So when dealing with the crazy hormone fluctuation during pregnancy and post-partum, the Vita Flex chart for the ears can help us keep our emotions more manageable.

Fertility~

When one is trying to become pregnant it is a good idea to find a holistic doctor or midwife, who will run various tests from your hormones to a full thyroid panel and sometimes even a stool sample to check your gut health can be hugely beneficial in a healthy pregnancy.

As far as essential oils to support fertility and hormones naturally, a great blend that I recommend is Endoflex. It is very hormone supporting and balancing. This oil has many testimonies from people who have experienced support with balancing their hormones, thyroid, and adrenals due to stress or cycle changes simply by using this oil regularly.

I would also recommend observing your menstrual cycles. This can contain clues as to how we need to balance our hormones. Do you get headaches before your period and after ovulation? Have you ever had hot flashes? Are there certain times during your cycle that you notice more hair loss? These can all be signs that your body needs some additional encouragement. Clary sage & Dragon Time blend can both be beneficial in supporting these issues. Apply to the outside, inside and on the top of the feet to stimulate the reproductive Vita Flex points.

If you have heavy periods, clots and cramps, these can all be a sign of low progesterone or estrogen dominance. Aging, stress and other factors can take a toll on our bodies natural cycles. Many have found support and relief form Progessence Plus serum created by Dr. Purser. This is a natural progesterone-type supplement that can help benefit many of us who want to promote the best results when conceiving and sustaining pregnancies. Some have reported complete turnarounds in their cycles- from heavy/crampy/PMS to very manageable, from acne ridden to a pimple free. Bonus its natural so it will not have the effects that synthetic hormones are known to have on the body.

Lastly on fertility, consider citrus oils like lemon, grapefruit & citrus fresh. Our liver’s function is to process and eliminate irregularities, toxins, and imbalances in our bodies. With that being said promoting a healthy liver and lymph system, in turn, supports our fertility. You can apply these oils directly to the liver area, diffuse, add them to your water to drink or apply to the Vita Flex points. Some other livers supporting supplements are dandelion root, milk thistle, and red raspberry leaf tea. Ylang Ylang essential oil is also a great “catch-all” for supporting hormonal health.

Where do you start~

I highly encourage you checking out the book Gentle Babies by Debra Raybern and Evidence-Based Essential Oil Therapy by Dr. Scott Johnson. What areas of your fertility are you wanting to take charge of? What action steps are you going to take to ensure that your body is functioning as God has intended it to? Is it time to take a look at another health care provider that is willing to look at your whole health and not just one area?

Join in next time as we look at essential oils to support a healthy delivery and wonderful start for your new baby!

As always be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!

 


The content of the Simple Blessings and Oils Podcast post or page, including text, graphics, images, or information contained in text or audio, or other content, is offered on an informational basis only. No content is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. You should always seek the advice and guidance of a qualified health professional before: Changing or making any adjustment to any medication or treatment protocol you are currently using.

  • Stopping any medication or treatment protocol you are currently using.
  • Starting any new medication or treatment protocol, whether or not it was discussed on the Simple Blessings and Oils Podcast show, page or post on this website.
  • Information on this site is informational and not as specifically applicable to any individual’s medical problem(s), concerns and/or needs.
  • These products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to treat or prevent disease.

In each audio remedies are recommended. We are not claiming that the product will cure any of these problems or disorders. We are merely reporting that people have used the product to aid these conditions.

What are Essential Oils?

What are essential oils?Podcast #3: What are Essential Oils?

So, let’s talk about essential oils! The first question that most people ask is what are they? Essential oils are subtle, aromatic and volatile liquids extracted from the flowers, seeds, leaves, stems, bark, and roots of herbs, trees, and shrubs through distillation. They have been used for thousands of years as a way to keep your body healthy. They are mentioned in the Bible directly or indirectly over 1100 times.

This was a perfect fit for our family on our journey to wellness.

Note– I am not here to treat, diagnose, or prescribe anyone or any condition, I am just a mom sharing what has worked well for me and my family and the only oils that we use are Young Living. Anyone wanting to obtain these oils can go to my website: www.simpleblessingsandoils.com and click on the link on the right-hand side.

 

 

Some general rules when using essential oils:

  • Everyone is a snowflake, what works for one person might not work for the next. Just like medications, peanut butter or shampoo, if you try one and do not get the results you expected then try another
  • Never place essential oils directly in the eyes or the ears. They can cause irritation. If you do (which we have just grab some carrier oil, NOT water, and wipe the area.
  • Use caution when using citrus oils when going out in the sun as they are photosensitive.

You can find oils just about everywhere these days which is actually scary because not all oils are created equally. For our family, purity and quality are very important. This is why we chose Young Living. They have the Seed to Seal guarantee and you can learn more at www.seedtoseal.com.

Why are purity and quality important?

  • 90% of oils you find are classified as perfume oils- Young Living is 100% therapeutic grade, no synthetics or extra stuff added
  • essential oils can penetrate and carry nutrients through the cell walls
  • when placed on the feet, they will distribute to every cell in the body within 21 minutes

How do you use essential oils?

  • Aromatically: diffuse, inhale directly from the bottle, add a few drops to a cotton ball and place in a vent
  • Topically: apply “neat” or diluted with a carrier oil, roll on or apply directly from the bottle
  • Internally: some oils may be ingested (check labels to be sure), great to add to water, food or a capsule. Only ingest oils that are labeled to do so.

 

Essentials oils are a wonderful way to support your overall health and wellness. They are an important part of your daily wellness regimen!

 

As always be grateful & have faith!

God Bless!


The content of the Simple Blessings and Oils Podcast post or page, including text, graphics, images, or information contained in text or audio, or other content, is offered on an informational basis only. No content is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. You should always seek the advice and guidance of a qualified health professional before: Changing or making any adjustment to any medication or treatment protocol you are currently using.

  • Stopping any medication or treatment protocol you are currently using.
  • Starting any new medication or treatment protocol, whether or not it was discussed on the Simple Blessings and Oils Podcast show, page or post on this website.
  • Information on this site is informational and not as specifically applicable to any individual’s medical problem(s), concerns and/or needs.
  • These products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to treat or prevent disease.

In each audio remedies are recommended. We are not claiming that the product will cure any of these problems or disorders. We are merely reporting that people have used the product to aid these conditions.

A New Year, A New You!

A New Year, A New You!

Podcast #2: A New Year, A New You!

Essential oil for this podcast: Oola Grow was specially formulated to help people work toward their goals for wellness, purpose, and abundance with a dash of vitality too. It Is a powerhouse essential oil that contains 23 single oils to help you feel grounded and confident, it is uplifting, empowering, inspiring, calming, harmonizing, relaxing and envokes positivity!

Welcome to 2018, a new year brings new resolutions!

Do you make resolutions?

Do you keep them?

Most resolutions are made and maintained for only a short period, most quit within the first month of starting them. I want to share some ideas or ways that we can make them stick.

 

  • Create a list of monthly 2018 goals. Each month you commit to trying a new restaurant, read a book, set a budget, etc.
  • Do a 30-day challenge. Something that will gear you to accomplish 12 small goals through the year. They say 21 days to create or break a habit.
  • One yearly challenge
  • Create a list of things to look forward to- a wedding, graduation, retirement, new book, movie, TV show, or gadget.
  • Track or measure one thing- spending, time, weight, food, etc
  • Pick a word for the year. What is something you want to accomplish? Or something you want more of? Fun, simplify, organize, freedom, etc
  • Reboot an area of your life
  • Do a 365 project- photo a day, bible reading a day, new word every day, short story/inspirational reading every day

 

My call to action for you is to spend some time and figure out:

* What area or areas of your life that you would like to see change?

* What change or resolution strikes a nerve with you?

* How will you stick to this goal?

 

Next, make your plan & be the you that you want to be!

 

As always be grateful & have faith!

God bless!


The content of the Simple Blessings and Oils Podcast post or page, including text, graphics, images, or information contained in text or audio, or other content, is offered on an informational basis only. No content is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. You should always seek the advice and guidance of a qualified health professional before: Changing or making any adjustment to any medication or treatment protocol you are currently using.

  • Stopping any medication or treatment protocol you are currently using.
  • Starting any new medication or treatment protocol, whether or not it was discussed on the Simple Blessings and Oils Podcast show, page or post on this website.
  • Information on this site is informational and not as specifically applicable to any individual’s medical problem(s), concerns and/or needs.
  • These products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to treat or prevent disease.

In each audio remedies are recommended. We are not claiming that the product will cure any of these problems or disorders. We are merely reporting that people have used the product to aid these conditions.

 

Podcast #1 Introduction to Simple Blessings & Oils

Introduction to Simple Blessing & Oils

so it begins…

Welcome to the Simple Blessings and Oils Podcast!

A little bit about me~ My name is Amanda Filla. I am the crazy mostly crunchy mom of 8 kids, wife of farmer and volunteer firefighter, who homeschools, has a passion for healthy living and essential oils 😊

Things started for us on somewhat the other side Introduction to Simple Blessings & Oilsof the spectrum but through the years, the kids and all of the learning, we do things much differently.

I am here to share my journey and encourage you along yours.

In the words of Pope Francis~ “Always remember this: Life is a journey. It is a journey to meet Jesus.”

So excited to share, teach and inspire others on this crazy oily journey that God has brought into our lives!

Find me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/simplyoilsmama/

or at www.simpleblessingsandoils.com 

Always be grateful & have faith!
God Bless!


The content of the Simple Blessings and Oils Podcast post or page, including text, graphics, images, or information contained in text or audio, or other content, is offered on an informational basis only. No content is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. You should always seek the advice and guidance of a qualified health professional before: Changing or making any adjustment to any medication or treatment protocol you are currently using.

  • Stopping any medication or treatment protocol you are currently using.
  • Starting any new medication or treatment protocol, whether or not it was discussed on the Simple Blessings and Oils Podcast show, page or post on this website.
  • Information on this site is informational and not as specifically applicable to any individual’s medical problem(s), concerns and/or needs.
  • These products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to treat or prevent disease.

In each audio remedies are recommended. We are not claiming that the product will cure any of these problems or disorders. We are merely reporting that people have used the product to aid these conditions.

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