Essential Oils for the Winter and Holiday Seasons

It’s been awhile since I posted but that does not mean I have not been using my oils.  As a family we still use them on a daily basis and I am still, even after all these years, amazed by all that they do!  Below is a summary of my favorite oils to use for the fall, winter and holiday seasons.  Stock up now, before you need them.  I’ve learned this lesson the hard way.  (Sigh). 

 

Thieves 


A powerful blend of cinnamon, clove, rosemary and lemon oils.  You know when one person comes home sick and soon the rest of the family follows?  Wouldn’t it be super awesome if there was a way to stop that from happening?  At the first sign of a sniffle in the house I start diffusing thieves.  It helps the person that’s sick but it also helps to make sure the rest of us don’t get whatever they have.  Total win – win.  
 
Seasonal uses:
  • Feeling unwell?  Diffuse and rub on the bottom of your feet.  A couple of drops on each foot.  Repeat as needed.
  • Rub on a sore throat and/or you can gargle with a drop in a glass of water.  Thieves is strong so start with one drop and add or dilute with water as needed.  
  • My husband and I also put 3 or more drops in an empty 00 capsule and take internally.  Please note, I only recommend using Young Living Oils when taking them internally.

Other uses:

  • Oral care.  I have eased sore gums and sore teeth by applying thieves to the area that hurt. 
  • Diffuse to kill germs before anyone gets sick.  Get’em before they get you!
  • Rub on feet, kids and adults, during flu season as a preventative measure.

 

Peppermint 

It’s amazing how much I use this oil.  This is a must have all year long, especially if you live in the desert like I do. 

Seasonal uses:

  • Fever –  I find that a few drops on each foot help to bring a fever down quickly.  Peppermint is a natural coolant, which is why it is always in my water bottle during the hot desert summers.  
  • Stomach pain – Put one drop in at least 12 oz or more of water ( use glass or stainless steel – not plastic)  and drink (dilute with more water if needed).  You can also rub on the stomach to help relieve stomach pain, including indigestion, gas, bloating, etc.
  • Sinus relief -put one drop in the palm of your hand.  Rub hands together, bring them to your nose and inhale.  Whew, what a rush!  It opens sinuses and clears out the cobwebs in one fell swoop. 

Other uses for peppermint:  I keep an old glass juice bottle (about 32 oz) filled with water and 2 or 3 drops of peppermint in my fridge for the following uses…

  • As a natural appetite suppressant.  
  • It is great for digestion.  Too much turkey?  Have a glass of peppermint water.  It’s amazing how quickly it works.
  • Need a pick me up?  Have too much to do?  Peppermint is great to help clear the mind.  Inhale/diffuse if you need to have a bit more clarity or focus in your day.
  • Nausea – inhale as needed.

Lavender

This is another year round must have at all times oil.  I use lavender everyday and start to panic if I get a little low! 

Seasonal uses:

  • Use a drop or two on cracked hands.  If my hands get so dry that they crack/bleed I put on some lavender then layer with a salve.  Repeat as needed.
  • Cooking in the kitchen sometimes means getting a cut with a knife (my husband did this just last night) or a burn from the stove.  Run, don’t walk, and get the hurt area covered in lavender stat!  The faster you get it on the faster the healing will begin.  If it is a serious burn please seek medical attention.  I have used lavender on so many burns, cuts and bruises and each and every time I am stunned by how quickly the area heals.  
  • A natural antihistamine.  I never had allergies until I moved to the desert.  Once I figured out that I had them I took lavender in a capsule internally and my symptoms cleared up.  I also use it on my face, around the sinuses, being careful to avoid the eye area.  

Other uses:

  • Use on the face for blemishes
  • As a sleep aid
  • To reduce stress
  • Air freshener.  A few drops in a glass water bottle is a great way to freshen the air, sheets, bathrooms, car, etc. 

Peace & Calming

This is the oil that changed the way I looked at essential oils.  One night I watched as it transformed my almost 3 year old son from not wanting to settle down and go to bed into cooperating with us,  getting dressed and into bed and asleep in minutes.  It was miraculous!  I wanted to order a lifetime supply right then and there.  Peace & Calming is a blend of tangerine,orange, ylang ylang, patchouli and blue tansy.

Seasonal uses:

  • Stress & Anxiety.  The holidays are great but are also a time of year of added stress and anxiety.  Peace & calming soothes, calms and relaxes.  It works on adults as well as children.  
  • Sleep aid.  I would rub my kids feet with this blend before bed and they would easily drift off.  I would then have to wash my hands because if I didn’t I would find myself getting sleepy!   It is a great oil to have when you need to settle down and get a good nights rest and of course there are no side effects in the morning.

Other uses:

  • I know people that use Peace & Calming when they have a big presentation.
  • Anytime you want to ease a stressful situation.
  • I used it on my dog who gets stressed out when meeting other dogs.  Which stresses me out so it helped both of us!
  • Over active kid or kids.  Put it on yourself and walk around the kids to calm them down. 
  • Can be helpful for those with mental disabilities.

Joy

This is the oil that started me using essential oils.  It is a blend of bergamot, ylang ylang, geranium, rosewood, lemon, mandarin, jasmine, Roman chamomile, palmarosa and rose.  I use this oil everyday and I love it.  Once I started using Joy I had to give away my best perfumes because I could no longer tolerate the synthetic chemicals in those products.

Seasonal uses:

  • Depression.  People don’t like to talk about depression around the holidays but it happens.  A lot.  There is so much going on.  This time of year demands more of our time and our finances which can be overwhelming.  Throw in some crazy family members and it can all be just too much.  A few drops over your heart, behind your neck, and or on your wrists will help to lift your mood.
  • Seasonal mood disorder.  The lack of sun can be a problem for some people and this oil can help ease those tough months.

Other uses:

  • I use this blend, with valor, harmony & white angelica everyday.  It’s my favorite combination of oils and I do believe it helps to support my emotional well being.  I often get comments of "You smell so good".  I will never forget the first time I actually noticed as it transformed someone before my eyes.  I watched as her face changed from scowling to relaxed and smiling after one whiff! 

 

Please note all of these recommendations are for Young Living Essential OIls.  If you chose to use another oil you may not get the same results.  Please do not take any oil internally unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to do so.  I only use Young Living Oils and  would personally never use or take any other essential oils internally.  

Essential Oils precautions -

  • Keep oils away from the eyes.  If an oil does get in your eye you can flush with olive oil if needed.
  • Use a fatty oil, like olive oil, if you need to dilute an oil.  Do Not use water.  Water pushes an oil in.  Fatty oils, dilute.
  • When essential oils are used wisely you will enjoy better health, naturally.

 

Francine Smith blogs about using Young Living Essential Oils at Young Living Life.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bugs are Smart!

They have a pretty good track record of surviving harsh environments, plagues and what not so I think it is safe to assume that they really know how to adapt to new situations.  Although I can admire bugs, in a National Geographic kind of way, I still don’t want them in my house or on my body.  Ick!  

That is why I am concerned about our over use of antibiotics in this country.  Patients expect something to relieve them of their ills and, unfortunately, doctors over prescribe antibiotics as a modern day cure all.  What we have done is given the bugs the answers to the test.  If we gave our kids the same exact test day after day, year after year, eventually they would know all the answers really, really well.  They would even be able to give us the answers before we gave them the test.  That is what we are doing with antibiotics.  The bugs know the answers and they are no longer waiting for the test they are now in the process of changing the test.  They have gone from students to teachers because now we are the ones trying to catch up.  Anyone that has experienced an MRSA infection or knows someone that has knows that this is not only a real problem it is one that is growing. I’ve done other posts about this problem and you can use the search box found at the upper right hand corner of this page to find those articles.

What to do?  It’s really so simple – stop using antibiotics for everything!  I heard this story on NPR this morning.  In it they discuss how antibiotics are used for sinus infections even though those infections are viral not bacterial.  Studies have shown that antibiotics are not effective in treating a virus and yet 1 out of every 5 prescriptions are for sinusitis.  The study mentioned in the story used 166 patients with sinus infections.  Half were given a placebo and half were given antibiotics.  The results found that by day 3 there were no differences between the groups.  The people on the placebo had the same outcome as those taking the antibiotics.  Where does that leave the patient with the symptoms?  Suffer it out? Not at all.  Of course there are over the counter meds but I have my concerns about those as well.  There are always ways to ease symptoms with safe, effective and natural remedies.  My family and I have successfully used essential oils for sinus infections and we would never use anything else. 

Which oils to use?  For any kind of infection, either bacterial or viral,  I always use first thieves.  I diffuse it and I put it on the bottom of my feet.  Thieves is a remarkable blend that will help you get back to feeling better quickly.  For sinus pressure I often use peppermint. I put a drop on my hand, rub my hands together, cup them over nose and inhale.  By the way, that’s awesome to do even if you don’t have a sinus infection.  Clears the passages and the mind!  It’s quite the rush!  

Breathe Again roll on is also amazing for sinus relief.   It quickly relieves sinus pressure and opens passages.  Many people are familiar with eucalyptus but you could also use Raven, R.C. or Melrose.  Inhale directly, like the peppermint or in a diffuser.  You can also apply to the area of discomfort.  One note of caution is to be careful to avoid the eye area.  I like to put a small drop of either Breathe Again or peppermint right under my nose to help clear nasal passages. I’ve also gargled with thieves and if by chance I don’t have thieves or if I want to change it up a bit I use tea tree oil.  I love alternating oils – good to keep those bugs guessing!

Do you have any favorite home remedies for sinus infections?  Post below in the comments or on my facebook page.

 

Francine Smith is a stay at home mom who blogs about using Young Living Oils for better health, naturally.  You can find more posts at www.younglivinglife.com.  She also loves vintage and has an Etsy shop, Hot Cool Vintage.  You can contact her at younglivinglife@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Um.. Hi! Remember Me?!

 Ok, so it’s been a while since I’ve lasted posted.  Back in October I was planning on making some changes to the blog but then life sort of got in the way.  A very good friend of mine came for a visit and by the time he left I had decided to open an Etsy store selling vintage items.  My love for vintage got re-ignited and I’ve been having fun filling the shop with great vintage finds.  I grew up going to antique shows and flea markets and when I lived in Manhattan I was just blocks away from the famed 26th St. Market. I still have treasures from there where the above friend and I would spend many Saturday mornings going from booth to booth looking for something that caught our eye.  There is a link on the sidebar to see some of the items in my shop or here is a link to HotCoolVintage if you want have a peek.

I’ve also just started pinning!  OMG, very fun and highly addictive (you’ve been warned)!  Are you scratching your head and wondering what is pinning?  I just joined Pinterest (Pin Interest) and have made a few boards.  My favorite so far is my Young Living board.  I just love having a place to collect all the amazing things I find around the web including YL oils and my Etsy shop, as well as the places I’ve been and where I want to go.  I’ve just started but I know I will be filling in many more boards to come.  I’ve added a link on the sidebar so you can follow me or here is a link to my home page if you want to check it out.  You can follow all my boards or just my Young Living board.  

Ok, enough about all that other stuff lets talk oils!  Of course, just because I haven’t been blogging does not mean I have not been using my oils.  Not a chance!  Actually, I’ve got loads of tips I want to share but I’m just going to talk about Di-Gize & M-Grain today.  I’m fairly new to Di-Gize and so I haven’t used it that much.  Di-Gize is one of those oils that I have on hand for when we need it.  It is to be used for digestion, upset stomachs, bloating, gas pains or nausea.  Recently, I woke up feeling just ick – headache and upset tummy. Ugh.  Later that day my daughter and I were scheduled to participate in our Girl Scout Troop cookie booth.  Being cookie Mom for our troop I had all the cookies, the table and everything else we needed.  I was at the point where I was walking around with a bucket hoping that I would throw up soon!  Finally, it hits me Di-Gize!  I put a couple of drops on my stomach and hurrah, nausea cleared.  Di-Gize saves the day!  So ridiculously fast and easy.  I used  M-Grain for my headache and my daughter and I were able to do the cookie booth after all.  Simple, effective, easy!

 

   I’ve used Di-Gize on my kids and even though they don’t like the smell it does soothe their tummies.  I like to sneak beans into my tomato sauce.  My son, who would never in a million years eat a bean unless it was well disguised, is not used to them.  He usually gets a bit of gas afterwards so I use a drop of Di-Gize to relieve the discomfort quickly.  Works every time.    It can be used on young or old and it can be diluted with the V-6 if needed.  Di-Gize can also be taken internally to relieve digestion discomfort.  

M-Grain is one of my favorite headache remedies.  It really depends on where I’m standing and what’s in reach when I realize I need relief. I’ve had this bottle of M-Grain for years.  Like over 10 years!  Still safe and still effective even after all that time ( a m a z i n g)!  M-Grain was formulated specifically to help relieve migraine and stress headaches.  If I don’t have M-Grain in reach I use Pan-Away.  Both work well for me but if I didn’t have either of those on hand I would use peppermint or lavender or stress away.  That is why these oils are just so amazing – one oil or blend can wear many hats.

 

Questions?  Leave a comment or contact me at younglivinglife@gmail.com (younglivinglife at gmail dot com)

Ready to start using safe, natural essential oils for better health naturally?  Go here to learn more about how to order.

Francine Smith blogs about how to use Young Living Essential Oils for better health naturally at www.younglivinglife.com.  

 

 

 

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Head Lice…….Eewwwww!

Head lice – eewww, yuck, gross.  The only thing nice we could say about head lice is that it’s not dangerous and it’s an equal opportunity pest.  Lovely.  We could also say that it’s disgusting and annoying.

Now that school has begun, it is just a matter of time before head lice start making the rounds.  Our school year started one month ago and there have already been a couple of cases of lice reported, which prompted me to do a little research.  I know that there are chemical-laden products that I can buy at my local drugstore but that’s not really my style.  Since getting rid of lice usually takes repeated treatments I do not want to use harsh chemicals over and over again on my kids’ heads.  I’ve read that the over-the-counter treatments don’t always work.  Parents are then left with using an even stronger prescription chemical to kill the lice called “lidane.”  I came across this article that contained this quote: “According to the FDA, lidane products can cause serious side effects for many reasons, even when used as directed.”  And we all know that everyone reads and follows directions very carefully, so no worries there.  I also thought this was interesting…..

The pesticide [lidane] has been targeted for worldwide phase-out since 2009 by the Stockholm Convention, a global treaty that targets some of the world’s deadliest toxins. The U.S. has not ratified the treaty , and has no imminent plans to ban lidane for head lice.

Since 2006, lidane can no longer be used here on crops or cattle, or for any other purpose regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency. A so-called “second line” treatment – meaning it’s only to be used if other methods fail – for head lice and scabies, lidane has been linked to cancer, seizures and deaths, according to the FDA.

 

We can’t use lidane on cattle but the FDA says I can use it repeatedly on my child’s (developing) head.  No thanks.  There have got to be better alternatives than that.

When we lived in Brooklyn, I heard about this woman who calls herself the Ladybug .  She has a booming business but she never advertises. She gets the job done and she doesn’t use over-the-counter pesticides.  Here is a NYT article about her.  But what if you don’t have a professional nit-picker in your neighborhood and you don’t want to use pesticides?

I searched the oil-testimonials.com website to see what worked for other people and found these testimonials on lice.  My essential oil desk reference recommends tea tree, lavender, peppermint, thyme, geranium, nutmeg, rosemary, cinnamon.   It also gave this recipe…

  • 4 drops thyme
  • 2 drops lavender
  • 2 drops geranium

You may apply single oils or blends neat or diluted, depending on the oils that are used (thyme is “hot” so I would dilute).  Add 1 tsp. of oil diluted 50/50 to shampoo and massage onto entire scalp. 

  • Cover with a disposable shower cap and leave on for at least 1/2 hour.
  • Rinse well using 1 cup of Thieves Fresh Essence Plus Mouthwash massaged into hair and scalp.  Leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing out.

I would also add combing the hair with a special nit comb.

Of course I also wonder if there is anything I can do to prevent lice?  There are no studies, which is not a surprise, but I am using lavender and peppermint on my kids daily.  One or two drops on my hands which I then massage into their scalps.  It certainly can’t hurt and it may make their hair inhospitable to lice looking for a new home.

As I have mentioned before, all essential oils are not created equal.  When you use an essential oil make sure it is a pure therapeutic grade oil.  If you purchase an oil from your health food store and it doesn’t work, don’t blame all essential oils, it may just be that brand.  If you really want to see results don’t waste time or money on oils that may be diluted and/or adulterated.  Essential oils are effective when they have been made well.  Just like many other things in life – you get what you pay for.  Invest in your family’s health; it will truly pay off.

Ready to get started using pure therapeutic grade essential oils?  See my “How to Order Young Living Oils” page or just go here.

-Francine

 

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Back to school! Friends, Field Trips, Projects……..Germs!

As kids are heading back to school this week, many mothers know it is just a matter of time before the first sick day arrives.  Here, in the desert, we’ve been back at school long enough that the initial excitement has worn off and our new routine no longer feels new.

School is great.  So much to learn, so many ways to grow, so many germs  to be shared.  In these few short weeks, I’ve already heard of both teachers and students taking sick days.  These school germs are all business.  We know that eating a balanced diet and getting enough rest helps all of us stay healthy.  The thing is …… have you met my kids?  If you have, then you probably know that one is a picky eater (I’m still not sure how that happened) and the other rarely sleeps past 5 am (seriously, not joking!).

Even though I work at home, the last thing I want is a phone call from the nurse telling me my kid is sick.  If you work outside of the home, I bet you get that phone call minutes before you are about to start a meeting.  Is there really anything we can do that can help prevent illness?  Well yes, I know there are things we can do to keep our kids healthy amidst the onslaught of school germs.  You know where this is going, right?

Essential oils!  They are my not-so-secret weapon.  Really, if they were a secret I certainly would not be blogging about them would I?  My kids get doused daily in as many ways as I can get the oils on them or in them.  To start, thieves is a mother’s best friend.  No mother should be without a bottle of this amazing oil.  You know how one kid gets sick, then the next, then it’s the adults turn?  That usually doesn’t happen in my house.  Wouldn’t it be better if when one person gets sick, you have something to kill airborne germs so that the entire household does not fold like a house of cards?  I know, silly question.  Of course we all want that.  There you go, thieves is your answer.  Diffuse it, wear it, ingest it and get on with your life.  It’s amazing!  So, step 1 is get thieves and use it.  Put it on their feet before school or put it on them before bed.  Just get it on them.  If my kids so much as sniffle, out comes my therapro diffuser (see here for the most awesomest diffuser ever and it comes with a 15 ml sized bottle of thieves – yay!).  Diffusing gives the kids a great dose of thieves while they are doing their homework or watching tv.  At the same time I’m killing airborne germs; it’s a total win-win.  Studies have shown that thieves kills lots of bad stuff.  Now I love studies but I know from experience that thieves works.  Proof is in the pudding and all you need is to be sick once and then feel better after using an essential oil as powerful as thieves to know this oil is the real deal.  You can see my testimonial page for how others have used thieves.  I can go on and on about thieves, actually I have!  If you put thieves in the search bar lots of posts will come up that go more into how I’ve used theives for cleaning, strep throat and much more.

Keeping sickness at bay is a good thing to start with but essential oils can do more than just that.  We use peppermint and lemon to help “wake up” their brains and to help them focus.  There are days when one or both of my kids do not like sitting down to do their homework (I’m sure they are the only ones out there with this problem).  I started using peppermint in the afternoon and it has really helped them focus so that they can get their work done much faster.  What a gift for all of us!  Studies have also shown that peppermint helps us to retain information. That will be handy come test time.  My daughter also loves to put lemon oil and orange oil in her (stainless steel) water bottle.  I love that because both oils will give her immune system a bit of a boost.  Take that, yucky germs!  My son (the picky eater) would never let me put lemon or orange oil in his water bottle but he does love Ningxia Red.  I freeze the individual packets and stick those in his lunch box.  Ningxia Red is a juice blend jam-packed with antioxidants and other nutrients that are a great support to the immune system and gives him a little energy boost for the rest of the afternoon.

In addition to all the wonderful, amazing, remarkable oils mentioned above I also like to give my kids something else to support them during the day.  Now, even though my kids are brilliant (I’m their mother, remember?) they have their off days – don’t we all?  Before they get on the bus I give each of them a drop of an oil called highest potential.  It is a great way to start the day.  I have seen my kids go from cranky and not wanting to leave the house to first one out the door with a drop of this oil.  Now that is a valuable tool to have at your disposal.  They each also have their favorite oils.  My son likes valor, which is a great oil, very grounding and perfect for a little boy in a big school.  My daughter loves stress away and joy.  Depending on her mood and what’s happening at school she usually picks one of these.  Stress away is great when she has to deal with challenging social moments and joy is just a great blend to enhance happiness.

There you go – thieves, peppermint, lemon, orange, valor, highest potential, stress away, joy,  ningxia red and don’t forget that awesome therapro diffuser.  Once you start using a diffuser you will wonder how you ever got by without it.  By the way, these oils are not just for the kids.  Oh, no!  Use them yourself and enjoy days with a little less stress and a little more energy.

Ready to get started?  You can see my “How to Order Young Living Oils” page or just click here.

Francine Smith blogs about Young Living Essential oils.  You can find more posts at www.younglivinglife.com  You can contact me at www.younglivinglife@gmail.com

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Allergies and Young Living Essential Oils

Yay, spring!!  For those that live in more seasonal climates it is a time for new leaves on the trees and flowers to start blooming.  About a year ago my family and I moved from Brooklyn to Tucson.  As this past winter wore on and I would hear of one big snowstorm after another I would feel quite content with our new desert environment. But now, knowing that spring is on its way I do feel a tug at my heartstrings just a bit.  I miss the first green on the trees, the first flowers showing off their shiny new colors and I really miss a certain tree in my old neighborhood that would smell soooooo good in the late spring/early summer.

For some, with spring comes allergies.  I never had allergies and at 43 I thought I was safe from ever getting them but apparently that might not be so.  I’m not sure if it’s because I am not used to these desert spores or just my body changing with age but this fall and now this past week I have had some allergic symptoms. I’m often asked what oils work well for allergies and I have personally found lavender to be amazing.  I had a bit of a runny nose the last couple of days and when I finally had the  oh-this-might-be-allergies- realization I put about 3 drops of lavender in a capsule.  That cleared up my runny nose for the day with no adverse side effects like some over-the-counter medicines can have.  I first tried lavender for allergies this fall when I realized that a desert weed was the cause of what I thought to be a never ending cold.  I was using my oils, and they helped, but when I used the lavender internally it was like magic how quickly my never-ending-cold finally ended.

Here is a link to the essential oil testimonial website page about allergies.    And below are a couple of posts that I found interesting…

“I have several friends with children who have allergies/asthma that come and visit my farm. Normally after 15 minutes in my barn, and around my animals, they come out with swollen eyes, stuffy noses, red faces, and going to Mom for Benadryl, or inhalers, or what have you.

I got rather frustrated so made a rule that if these children wanted to be in my barn, they had to use two oils before entering! First I had them put Lavender on the palm of one hand, rub their hands together, and then wipe their hands on their faces, necks, and arms, and anything not covered. I had them do the same with Peppermint, but only had them inhale this from cupped hands over their noses, but not wiping it on themselves.

Now these kids can spend hours in the barn with no ill effects – no runny noses, no swollen eyes, ect. I was amazed and delighted because now they can spend time with the animals which they love.”

And this one as well…

“I used to use steroid nasal inhalers every late summer until the first killing frost for my allergies. I no longer need to because I’ve discovered Lavender oil. I put a few drops on the bottoms of my feet, chest and throat, every morning. I experimented and stopped doing it once, and by the 3rd day the allergies were back. Once I resumed, they were gone again within 24 hours.”

There are also many other oils that can help relieve symptoms.  R.C. is great for any chest congestion and Breath Again roll on really helps clear nasal and sinus passages. I have also heard that Sulfurzyme and Ningxia Red are great supplements to add to your diet.  Both will give your immune system support and will help to get some relief from allergy symptoms.

Want to try something new this allergy season?  Great!  See my “How to Order Young Living Oils” page for more details.

Francine Smith blogs about Young Living Essential oils.  You can find more posts at www.younglivinglife.com

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A Natural Apothecary with Young Living Essential Oils – Part I

My husband had just left with the kids to run some errands, at least that was what I thought, when the door opened and  he came back in.  He had accidentally closed the car door on his hand which left a big gash on his thumb.  My first thought was to grab my oils and I ran for my lavender.  I could see he was in pain and the gash was nasty.  He rinsed his finger and put some pressure on it.  He was a bit resistant about using the lavender but he finally did relent and immediately I could see he felt some relief.  We put a few drops on, bandaged him up and off he went.  When he took the band-aid off later that day he was amazed at how nicely his wound was healing.  His comment to me was something like you need to tell everyone about this stuff!

This post is about using oils every day as an at-home apothecary for boo-boos and wrinkles and everything in between.  I invite you to leave comments about your favorite oils and how you use them.  All of these oils are safe to use on children unless otherwise noted.

I know I say this in every post but quality really does make a difference.  If you want therapeutic results than you have to use a therapeutic grade essential oil.  Otherwise, you may have a nice smelling oil without the therapeutic benefits.

From the Young Living website:

“The process Young Living uses when planting, cultivating, harvesting, and distilling a batch of oil is crucial to retaining its vital compounds. Without the exact blend of naturally-occurring plant chemicals, an essential oil can lose its beneficial properties and fail to produce the desired effect.

Young Living Therapeutic Grade (YLTG) means that every essential oil Young Living distills or sources has the optimal naturally-occurring blend of constituents to maximize the desired effect. Young Living is able to make this assertion because of our strict cultivation process—illustrated by the Four Ps—that guarantees the optimal potency of every Young Living essential oil.”

The four P’s are – Plants, Preparation, Purity, Potency.  By planting the right plants, in the right place, distilling them at the right time and in the right way, testing every batch to insure purity and using the highest standards to maximize the effectiveness of the oil.  See this link for more details on YL’s four P’s.

Lavender – I have to start here because it is my go-to oil for injuries.  When in doubt, use lavender.  Lavender was used in WWII in field hospitals to relieve pain and speed up the recovery process.

  • Cuts, scrapes, bruises, burns – apply as quickly as possible and as often as needed
  • Calms the nervous system, aids better sleep, may help prevent snoring – rub on the back of the neck, the chest, the wrists or feet
  • Great for skin, stretch marks
  • Wrinkle recipe – 1 drop lavender, 1 drop lemon, 1 drop frankincense – use at night directly on face

Thieves – is a Young Living blend that has clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus radiata, and rosemary.  It is an antimicrobial, antiviral, antibacterial combination that has been shown to kill mold more effectively than more traditional cleaners, like bleach.  What’s more, it’s not toxic.  Use to boost immunity and to prevent sickness.

  • Take internally when you think you might be coming down with something start with 3 drops in a capsule – add 2 drops of oregano if available
  • Rub on the bottom of the feet for general immunity
  • Take a drop on the tongue or add a drop or two to a small glass of water and gargle for a sore throat
  • Drop on the thumb and press to the roof of the mouth for a headache
  • Apply directly to warts or nail fungus

Valor - has become one of my favorite oils.  It is a great grounding blend and is known to support energy alignment in the body.  It can also quickly reduce swelling caused by injuries.

  • One drop on wrists or one on each foot to help align the body
  • Use with Harmony, Joy and White Angelica as part of the mood elevating protocol
  • Use as much as needed as quickly as possible on injuries like broken bones or “goose egg” bruises.  When my son broke his nose valor was the first oil I was able to put on him and I noticed a visible difference in the swelling after applying.  It’s truly remarkable to see.
  • also good to use for trauma, postpartum or grieving

These are just 3 of the 9 oils that are part of the everyday oils collection and of course, these are just a few of the ways you can use these oils to enhance a healthy lifestyle.

Can’t wait to get started using Young Living Oils?  Great! See my “How to Order Young Living Oils” page for more details.

Francine Smith blogs about Young Living Essential oils.  You can find more posts at www.younglivinglife.com

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Just go green now!

I read this post on CNN and watched a clip of Dr. Sanjay Gupta addressing the Senate Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health.  I’m excited that the Senate is finally hearing about this very important issue.  I feel that our environment is overloaded and overburdened with toxic chemicals.  Unfortunately, this is happening because having “regulations would infringe on profitability” for the manufactures!!!!  Ok, I’m holding back on the rant at the moment, but really??  UGH!?

There are things we can do right now to get toxic chemicals out of our lives.  Believe it or not our home environments are among the most toxic.  Start with your cleaners and air fresheners and toss them out.  It is easier and cheaper to make your own.  White vinegar, cinnamon oil, lemon juice all can be used to clean just as well as your store-bought name brand cleaners.  And of course I love my Thieves cleaner.  It smells good, it’s safe and it’s effective.  In my September 9th post  “How dirty is your Soap?  Young Living Essential Oils can help you clean up.” I talk about this subject with links to studies and other websites.

This quote from Dr. Sanjay Gupta really resonated with me, ” What we don’t know can really hurt us and there is a lot that we don’t know.”

Here is the link to the CNN article, “Everyday chemicals may be harming kids, panel told”

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Last Night a Raindrop Saved My Life (sung to "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life")

Ok, so I wasn’t on death’s door so to speak BUT it kinda felt like it.  And, I don’t mean a raindrop as a drop of water falling from the sky, but I’ll tell you more about that in a bit.  My cute, adorable, charming son (aka darling germ magnet) came home with a cough last week that just did not want to leave no matter what I threw at him.  I pulled out my big guns, immupower, thieves, R.C., and while they helped he still went on to SHARE his new friend – lucky me!  So, now I have this lovely cough.  Now, you must understand one thing.  When I get a cough it is not pretty.  Really, not pretty.  If, and I pray, pray, pray that I don’t, but if, I cough in a public place I immediately clear a large area around me.  It’s a neat trick!  And, I get very concerned looks.  Very concerned.   I don’t blame them at all.  I sometimes look around after a coughing fit to make sure I haven’t lost a lung or something.  So I have this cough, and any time I want to breathe it’s not so fun.  But, hey, I’m an oiler and I’ve got the best stuff.

I start with R.C. for the congestion and it helps a bit.  I use immupower on my feet, man, can you say STINKY!  I’m sure the germs hightail it just to get away from the smell! Then I grab the thieves and oregano.  I put a couple of drops of each in a capsule to ingest and that helps.  In less than half an hour I feel better – yeah team oils!  Then horror of all horrors I realize I am out of thieves!  What?!  When my darling germ magnet began coughing I started diffusing it and putting it on everyone’s feet (everyone being the kids, obviously my feet missed the thieves boat this time around).

Ok so now I have a secret for you (don’t tell anyone, k?) – even us oilers get sick!  I know, that is just crazy, but it’s true.  But here is the really crazy part, since it doesn’t happen that often I always forget what to do!  I would like to say it’s because I’m sick and I have a couple of kids running around but it’s probably because I have always had a very laid back approach when I’m ill.  A sort of less is more, I’ll ride it out, the drugs are usually worse than the illness, kind of approach.  But, now that I have all these fabulous oils around, the trick is knowing how to use them.  That really is the key – using them.  Even though they sure do look pretty all lined up on my counter it’s about getting them in or on me that really makes the difference.

After having to hang up on a friend that I had not spoken to in years because of a scary sounding coughing fit I knew it was time to try something else.  I’d like to say that the raindrop idea was all my own, well I could, and no one would know any the better (except me of course), but it wasn’t.  I was on Facebook and Dr. Shelton (see Young Living Essential Oils and Pets for more on her) noted how after having a similar persistent cough a raindrop with lots of oils did the trick for them.  So when my husband walked in the door looking like CRAP and feeling worse I told him he was getting a raindrop.  Isn’t he the ever so lucky guy?  One of the reasons I love Young Living is that they have great promotions.  Every month if you buy a certain amount of product you can qualify for the free product for that month.  That is how we got our Raindrop Kit.  I have only done a raindrop on him once before so I am far from an expert.  But I have heard that the most important part is getting the oils on so that they can get to work.  So that is what I did.  I followed the directions in the Essential Oils Desk Reference guide and got them on him.  Of course he was super relaxed when it was all done and I felt a wee bit guilty asking him to throw the oils on my back but he did  (thanks, sweets!).  And you know what, we were better in the morning.  He looked better and he felt better too. I was able to take a deep breath without  it being followed by a 20 minute coughing fit and I am also getting rid of lots of lovely stuff.  I know, ewwww, soooo gross, sorry for the details.  So, yeah, it definitely helped.  I bet by now you are really wondering what is a raindrop?  Well, as you may have figured out (cause you are a clever one, aren’t you), a raindrop is sort of like a massage with essential oils.  Well, kind of.  The raindrop technique was developed by Gary Young and includes 9 different essential oils (oregano, thyme, basil, marjoram, wintergreen, peppermint, cyprus, aroma seiz, & valor) as well as a vegetable oil, like Young Living’s V-6 blend.  The oils are dropped along the spine and lightly worked into the back.  The oils used are highly antimicrobial and antiviral.  In my experience the effect of a raindrop can be very cleansing, sort of like a detox.  I highly recommend getting and giving a raindrop, they are unlike any other massage I have ever had.  I noticed as I was giving the raindrop I was feeling better just by handling and inhaling the oils. Even though we are not 100% yet, we are getting there.  I am also using a combo of oregano and thyme in a capsule with a drop of extra virgin olive oil and that gave both of us some quick relief as well.  I’ll do some more of those tomorrow and I’ll do another raindrop and hopefully we can kick this cough to the curb by the weekend.

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New Promotion: NingXia Red singles, buy 2 get 1 free!

In our last order I decided to try the NingXia Red singles.  I was surprised at how handy they are and how often we used them.  They are perfect to put in the kids lunch boxes so they get an extra antioxidant boost midday.  I also take one with me to the gym.  My brother-in-law (Hi, Steve!), who is a bit of a fitness guru, has told me that after a workout your body is primed to absorb and benefit from all the fabulous nutrients that NR has to offer.   My husband takes them to the office and gets a mid-afternoon pick me up.  Here are the details of the promotion.

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NingXia Red Singles: Buy Two Get One Free

For a limited time, get a free box of NingXia Red Singles whenever you buy two at the regular distributor wholesale price—but only while supplies last.

The busy holiday season is upon us—holiday shopping and entertaining will soon be a reality. Keep your energy, health, and spirits high with NingXia Red® Singles. The powerful antioxidants found in NingXia Red support immune function, liver function, and eye health. In addition, the natural amino acids, trace minerals, and vitamins contained in the wolfberry juice are reported to increase energy.*

The attractive and tough one-ounce packets protect the powerful benefits of the Ningxia wolfberry, and are an ideal pick-me-up when you’re on the go! They are also an easy way to introduce friends, family, and potential new members to Young Living.  Throw them in your purse or backpack and enjoy anytime, anywhere.

Item No. 3168 30-pack
Item No. 3169 100-pack

Additional Details:
  • NingXia Red Singles 30-packs have an expiration date of December 10, 2010. NingXia Red Singles 100-packs have an expiration date of March 1, 2011. BOGO offer applies to these NingXia Red Singles packs only.
  • Offer valid 12:00 a.m. MST October 15, 2010, to 11:59 p.m. MST November 15, 2010, or while supplies last, whichever comes first.
  • The two purchased NingXia Red Singles must be reached within a single order to qualify customer for the free pack. Partial orders placed throughout the qualifying period cannot be combined in order to receive the promotional product(s).
  • No limit per customer.
  • Offer available to Young Living Independent Distributors, preferred customers, and retail customers.
  • Valid on phone, Essential Rewards, and web orders only.
  • Offer does not apply to Essential Rewards point redemption orders.
  • PV not earned for free product.
  • Customer responsible for shipping costs associated with free product.
  • Offer valid in the US and all NFR markets, except where restrictions prevent promotional product(s) from entering your country.
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