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!

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 & 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!

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!


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