Why Use Essential Oils?

It’s been about 3 years now since I started using Young Living Essential Oils. To be honest when I first signed up to become a member it was to take advantage of their discount program.  I didn’t pursue it in terms of growing a business. Even if I wanted to, I wouldn’t put my name on something without having experienced the benefits for myself.  I wanted to be able to share my own opinions and testimony of how Young Living Essential Oils has helped me.  Now after almost 3 years of diffusing essential oils and using them in homemade beauty and cleaning recipes, I feel I can bring something to the table and share what I have learned along the way and how I have incorporated essential oils into our home.

To begin, I have shared Young Living Essential Oils with family and a few friends but I have never really gone outside my comfort zone and shared it on social media.  I thought it would be nice to start this journey of sharing in the hopes it will bring more awareness to the powerful benefits of essential oils.  After all, sharing is caring, right? And I do care, a lot. I care that so many people still use over the counter pain relief medicine like ibuprofen, which can cause so many health problems.  I also care that people are still buying dangerous household cleaning products that contain formaldehyde, phthalates, synthetic fragrances and other toxins. I care that women are not aware of all the bad stuff that is in their cosmetics (which is pretty much the same stuff you find in household cleaners).  A lot of those ingredients can be migraine and asthma triggers and the cause of many other illnesses. I no longer take motrin for headaches. My new go-to for pain relief is in the form of a little bottle of pure peppermint oil. A drop or two massaged onto the base of my neck always brings me great relief. I ALWAYS carry a bottle in my purse and when we take family road trips, I will bring along my Lavender and DiGize essential oils too. They calm my nerves while on the road (because I am always a wreck when on long road trips and it drives my husband crazy) and ease any stomach upset.

My thought is this. If more people knew about the benefits of essential oils maybe there would be fewer sick people and fewer cancer patients.  For instance, regularly diffusing Thieves essential oils  (a blend of eucalyptus, lemon, clove, cinnamon and rosemary oils) for healthy immune function and support will give your system the ammunition it needs to fight off cold and flu symptoms.  And if you avoid inhaling toxic cancer-causing fumes by ditching your scented candles and chemical-filled household cleaners and try using Young Living’s Thieve’s household cleaner instead or make your own natural, plant-based cleaner using essential oils (you can find a plethora of recipes on Pinterest), you may lower your chances of developing an illness in the future, even cancer.  Some people will say things like “well cancer runs in my family so I’m bound to get it anyways”.  That may or may not be true in some causes where genetics is concerned. But the most important thing to remember is this saying that is sooo true…Genetics loads the gun but lifestyle pulls the trigger.  The lifestyle habits we keep and the decisions we make on how we do certain things in the home can either have a positive impact on our health or a negative one. That is really something to think about.  It really starts with you. How much you are willing to break free from using products that contain ingredients that are so bad for you.  Be the change. You can bet your family and pets will also benefit from a pure, clean and toxic-free way of living. Yes that’s right, I said pets! Your pets can also benefit from essential oils. Did you know that? More on that in a future post.

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Quick story – when I first heard about essential oils I was in my mid-20’s.  I was working as an office assistant in a pediatric rehab department where one of our occupational therapists there used oils regularly on her young patients. She applied hands-on aromatherapy to relax her patients, increase blood circulation, and even relieve their pain. Crying babies were easily put to sleep by her gentle soothing touch as she gently massaged the oils into their skin.  Parents would sit by in awe of this as their babies quieted down in time for the their therapy session to start.  She was like a baby whisperer…lol.  I remember she always shared the benefits of essential oils with the parents and even instructed them on how to apply massage aromatherapy at home to help them sleep better.  As a young 20 something year old I was impressed with how the oils helped her patients but I wasn’t inquisitive enough to ask for more details. I was young, dating my future husband and simply too busy with my social life to learn about essential oils.  She would have been a great source of information and happy to teach me if I had taken the time to ask.

I am definitely not one to regard myself as a know-it-all about essential oils or anything else. I don’t have a college degree and I am not trained in holistic medicine or anything like that.  I am just a mom and a wife who loves her family very much and will simply do what she can to keep them healthy. I enjoy learning new ways to live simply and naturally and sharing what I have learned with anyone who is willing to listen and be open to trying something new.

I hope I have provided you with some valuable information and maybe even planted a few seeds here and there. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to comment or email me.  I will be happy to answer.  If you are at all inclined to register as a Young Living member please click HERE.  If you are already using essential oils that are not from Young Living and they work great for you, then that is AWESOME! Just remember to always make sure they come from a reputable company that is focused on bringing you a product that is pure, clean, 100% authentic and created with the utmost care and the highest of standards.

(Disclaimer: This post was based on my own opinions and experiences. Please always seek the guidance of a medical professional especially if you have young children/infants.)

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Essential Oils Travel Bag

Last November we took a short 2-day family trip to Solvang and Ojai.  I was wanting to pack a few of my Young Living Essential Oils to have on hand in case of headaches, tummy aches, or backaches. I didn’t want to just throw the bottles into my duffle bag. Even though they were tightly sealed I wanted no chance of leakage so I came up with safe way to pack them.  I went to Target and found this $2.00 zipper bag which I thought was the perfect size.  I had some stretchy elastic in my stash of sewing essentials and went to work.

All I did was measure the length of elastic I needed to sew onto the inside of the bag and created six loops just big enough to hold six bottles of essential oils. You can see by the photos below it wasn’t too difficult to do.  I was able to secure the bottles in the bag and then place the bag upright in my purse.  Easy 20 minute project.

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Healing Salve

Thought I’d share this quick and easy recipe I found online.  My daughter had a patch of dry itchy skin on her arm and when the doctor looked at it she said it was eczema. She recommended an over the counter cream to apply but I thought “nah, I’ll make my own and its not gonna have any harsh ingredients either”.  So I came across this Miracle Salve Recipe at Primally Inspired and it is so easy to make.  I did have to substitute a few things since I didn’t have the exact ingredients on hand.

  • 3 Tbs Beeswax Pellets (order here)
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil (order here)
  • 1/2 up Avocado Oil (*I used a combination of sweet almond -purchased at Sprouts and jojoba oil – ordered here)
  • 2 Tbs Shea butter (order here)
  • 20 drops of essential oils (see the recipe link above for the different kinds of essential oils recommended. For this recipe I used Lavender, Geranium an Lemon because it was the closest I had to the eczema blend that is recommended in the recipe). I purchase my oils from Young Living.

Picture list of items used for this recipe.

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Instructions:

  1. Add a few inches of water in a skillet and place a large measuring cup in the middle, turn on the flame and then add the beeswax. I found that it’s best to just leave the beeswax to melt on it’s own instead of stirring it like I was in this picture. It just stuck to the wooden spoon and was difficult to scrape off the sides.

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2.  After the beeswax has melted add the rest of the oils (except the essential oils) and the shea butter.

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3.  Once everything is melted, remove the measuring cup from the water and then add your essential oils. I added about 6-7 drops of each oil.

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4.  Once you are done with adding your essential oils you are ready to pour the liquid into a 4 oz jar.  I used these jars.  Then you can place it in the refrigerator to speed up the hardening process. It’s that simple.  This recipe  makes enough to fill two jars so why not make one for a friend?

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Viola! Homemade Healing Salve – made with love!  Oh and my daughter’s eczema is gone!

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*Just make sure it is stored in a cool place with the lid tightly closed. It has a shelf life of 2 years. Enjoy!