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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Isn’t it a Pyramid Scheme?

When some people hear that Young Living is a network marketed company they start shaking in their boots.   Basically they think it is a pyramid scheme.  It isn’t.  It never has been and never will be.  The problem is they are letting their fears and what they think they know about network marketing get in the way of using remarkable products. They deny themselves, based on misinformation, these products that have tremendous health benefits.

Not only is this video funny it will hopefully clear up any confusion on what network marketing really is.  

If you have any questions about how Young Living works, any of the products or how to get started you can contact me at younglivinglife@gmail.com or leave a comment below.

-Francine

 

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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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Young Living Sacred Frankincense and Breast Cancer Pub Med Study Results

On October 7, 2011 I posted a video with Dr. Mahmoud Suhail describing results from cancer studies using Boswellia Sacra (Sacred Frankincense) on cancer.  See this link for the video.  The results are amazing and now there is a Pub Med study reporting those findings.  Click here if you would like to read the study.  Below are the conclusions.

"Similar to our previous observations in human bladder cancer cells, Boswellia sacra essential oil induces breast cancer cell-specific cytotoxicity. Suppression of cellular network formation and disruption of spheroid development of breast cancer cells by Boswellia sacra essential oil suggest that the essential oil may be effective for treating advanced breast cancer. Consistently, the essential oil represses signaling pathways and cell cycle regulators that have been proposed as therapeutic targets for breast cancer. Future pre-clinical and clinical studies are urgently needed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Boswellia sacra essential oil as a therapeutic agent for treating breast cancer."

 

Amazing, right?!  What Bosellia Sacra does is kill cancer cells, what it does not do is kill healthy cells!  That is exactly what medicine should do.  Simple I know, but true.  Last October I wrote a post, "Breast Health Awareness Month"  have a look for more ideas on natural cancer prevention with tips from Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Andrew Weil, and Vicki Opfer, a Young Living Crown Diamond. 

Dr. H. K. Lin who was a part of this study as well as others on frankincense and cancer has suggested that taking frankincense as a preventative would be a good idea.  I personally use frankincense daily.  If I had a history of cancer in my family it would be a definite.  Why wait until it’s too late?  

A new year is just around the corner.  Make it a healthy & happy one and get started with Young Living today.  So many different options to choose from too!  If you want to jump in (the best way) then start with the essential oil starter kit.  The kit includes one 5 ml bottle of frankincense as well as eight other delicious and amazing oils.  If you would rather start with a toe in the water then you could try one or two oils like lavender or sacred frankincense.  Go here to order. Feel free to contact me at younglivinglife@gmail.com (younglivinglife at gmail dot com) if you have any questions. 

Francine

 

 

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Smoothiliciousness (or the Appliance that Stole my Heart).

I am not ashamed to say that I am in the midst of a full-on love affair with an appliance.  My husband is well aware, and in fact quite supportive, of my new love. Actually, I think he’s got his own crush going on as well.   I am not one to "fall" for anything with a cord you know.  I like my refrigderator and I tolerate my oven.  I thought I was in love with my washer and dryer but  I now realize that was a mere school girl crush.  Honestly, seeing my new blender on my counter makes me swoon just a bit.  

I wish I could say that I am exaggerating a little bit but I’m not.  If anything I am restraining myself from gushing even more.  This blender has changed my life!  Dramatic I know, but so true.  I have always been a fruit and veg kind of girl.  I was a vegetarian for over 20 years and if there was no such thing as bacon, I would probably still be one today.  I now consider myself to be a flexitarian.  Which means I can eat meat (bacon) with just a little bit of guilt.  Even though I love my veggies, cleaning them, preparing them and cooking them takes time and effort.  At least that was before my new love showed up.  Now all I have to do is throw a bunch of veg and or fruit in my blender, hit a button, and in a blink I have a fresh, yummy, nutrient-rich drink.  

A M A Z I N G!!   

You may be wondering how a blender has anything to do with essential oils?  As you may have noticed this site is called Young Living Life.  When I found Young Living Essential Oils it became quite clear to me that I had found a company that supported the type of lifestyle that I had been looking for.  I found a way to take care of myself and my family with safe & natural products that healed our hurts and supported a healthier way of living.   As a mom, really as a human being, I feel like part of the deal of living on this earth is to be always wanting more.  Not in the sense of the latest this or that but more life out of life.  Better health, more vitality, more fun, more joy…….I want more of those for myself and my family.  Young Living is the only company I have ever found whose products support my family in that way.  The products enhance our wellbeing.  That is really quite something.  This blender is just one stop that I’ve made along the way that also supports my goal of better health for myself and my family.

Of course the two mix in another way.  I have been using 1-2 ounces of Ningxia Red in my drinks which adds a great taste as well as an extra antioxidant boost and I’ve added orange oil to a mixed berry smoothie.  I’ve also used peppermint oil to make a chocolate mint ice cream.  Definitely yum! 

Below is a recipe from Dr. Oz.  He is a big believer in the power of the green smoothie.  I recommend using either a Blendtec blender or a Vitamix blender.  Yes, these machines are expensive but they are absolutely worth the price.  You will use them over and over and they will do things a "normal" blender just can’t do.  For instance I was able to make "ice cream" for my kids after school today.  I added heavy cream (yes, I know but it is ice cream after all), whey powder (sweetened with stevia), unsweetened chocolate, agave, vanilla and 1 cup of spinach!  The first question my son asked was if I put anything green in the ice cream.  Of course I lied.  My picky eater ate it all up and said it was the best ice cream that we had made yet.  Which it was (just don’t tell my husband that).  

I half this recipe and I only added 2 stalks of celery.  This is a very green drink if you haven’t tried a green smoothie before add more apples or other fruit like grapes to sweeten it a bit.  I loved it and plan on having it every morning.  Also, please use organic produce.  Celery is on the dirty dozen list and I recently read how "dirty" (covered in pesticide residue) parsley is.  Core the apples but leave the skin on.

Make the breakfast drink that Dr. Oz swears by! This "green drink" is high in fiber, low-calorie and rich in vitamins. 

Ingredients
2 cups spinach
2 cups cucumber
1 head of celery
1/2 inch or teaspoon ginger root
1 bunch parsley
2 apples
Juice of 1 lime
Juice of 1/2 lemon

 

 

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a blender. This makes approximately 28-30 ounces, or 3-4 servings.

 

 

 Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe?  Please share!

 

-Francine

 

 

 
 
 

 

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Dr. Mahmoud Suhail on Frankincense

 

Below is a new video from Young Living that features Dr. Mahmoud Suhail discussing  his current research using Boswellia Sacra.  Young Living is the only essential oil company that bottles Boswellia Sacra (as Sacred Frankincense).  

About halfway through Dr. Suhail cites two different cancer cases from pre-clinical trials happening in Oman and Northern Africa.  The results are very exciting.  In one case the carcinoembryonic antigen was 210.  A reading of 10-20 is high (mostly likely that you would have cancer).  A reading of more than 20 would indicate metastases for certain.  Carcinoembryonic antigen went from 210 -18 in less than 21 days and the primary tumor disappeared in an additional 3-4 weeks!   So many people are affected by cancer.  Please watch this video and share it with others.  

-Francine

 

 

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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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I’m feeling frisky!

Why am I feeling frisky?  Maybe it’s because triple digit weather has finally left the desert. I never would have thought that temperatures in the 90′s would be a relief!  Maybe I want as many people as possible to know how good Young Living oils are. Either way, I’m doing something that I’ve never done on the blog before.   Ready?  Anyone interested in a free (FREE!) bottle of Deep Relief?  Yes?!!  Oh good.  Here’s the deal. Anyone that subscribes to www.younglivinglife.com via email will be entered to win.  


 

If you like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and/or leave a comment on any post you will receive an additional entry.  That means you could have 4 entries!  If you already follow us on any one of those other outlets let me know and I will give you another entry.  Sound good?  Good!  All entries submitted between now and September 30, 2011 will be added to the pot.  Good luck to all!  Oh, and don’t forget to check your email to confirm the subscription.

If you are a current subscriber to younglivinglife.wordpress.com then you need to create a new subscription over at www.younglivinglife.com. to qualify.

A bit about Deep Relief.  It’s an amazing blend that helps to reduce pain and inflammation.  It comes in a handy roll on that you can take with you and apply easily.  I use it on sore muscles, tight shoulders, & headaches.  I bring it with me when I run at the gym in case my ankle feels sore afterwards. It’s one of my staples that I keep on hand with me all the time.  Some of the oils in deep relief are peppermint & wintergreen which soothe sore muscles and copal & helichrysum both of which are know to reduce inflammation.   See the pdf for more information.

Here’s to better health, naturally!

Francine

Can’t wait?  If you want to get started using the best essential oils on the market please see my “How to Order Young Living Oils” page for more information.  Or just go here.

 

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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.

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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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