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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Living Well Spending Less – Book Review

I must say I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  I came across the book Living Well Spending Less  on various occasions as I’d skim through my favorite blogs and never gave it any consideration. But when one of my favorite YouTubers, Katherine from Do It On a Dime shared her review, I just had to read it.  And I’m glad I did. I learned a lot and found it to be quite enlightening.  So here is MY review and what I thought about the book.

First off I love how Ruth Soukup was brutally honest with how she struggled with spending. I think we can all relate to her on some level and can really understand how life events can sometimes lead us down a path to financial misery.  She explained things in a way that made me go “YESSS that’s exactly how I feel”.  Another thing I love is that Ruth is a woman of faith and how she wasted no time in sprinkling in a few key bible scriptures that really called out to my heart and reminded me of how important it is to not focus so much on the material things but rather to store up our treasures in heaven.  The scriptures says it clearly, for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:21 ESV).  So in other words by placing all our attention on worldly things by storing up material treasures,  we are excluding God from the picture instead of allowing our hearts to be one with Him.  Really something to think about.

Her book touches on having an attitude of gratitude.  Funny because I would hear this often throughout my adult life. Be grateful … be happy with what you have….We often do forget to thank God for blessing us with so much. Instead we focus on the I wants and I needs by feeding our addiction to material things and our incessant need to constantly be the one with the cutest outfit or the most current phone.  We seem to never get our fill, do we?  I know I am guilty of this.

I also enjoyed the tips and advice that Ruth gave in her book.  Some of it I was a no-brainer for me but was still refreshing to read.  Eliminating temptation by unsubscribing to emails and catalogs.  For me, receiving emails with great coupon deals from stores like Michael’s, Joann’s and Kohl’s is the absolute death of me.  If you know me you’ll know that I love two things… crafts (i.e., yarn, stamps, paper) and purses. Hence, the reason why I love Kohl’s. I always get my purses from there.   But I’m proud to say that I’ve developed some restraint over the last couple of months.  After reading the book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up (you can read my review on this book Here) I became more aware of the abundance of purses and craft supplies I had and realized I just didn’t need that much.  I didn’t really use a lot of the purses I had because they were either too old or no longer my style so I purged and kept only the purses I did like. The same with all my yarn and papers and things.  By doing this I was able to see for myself what exactly I have and realized that I didn’t need more stuff. Why buy more yarn when I have a sufficient amount in my storage basket in my room?  By decluttering my home and purging stuff I have no use for, I have a much clearer picture of the things I have and feel less inclined to go out and spend money.

Ruth goes into other important aspects of how to save money by explaining how to make use of coupons and by sharing recipes to make your own all purpose cleaner and laundry detergent using natural ingredients which I LOVE to do.  She really hit it home for me when she talked about how the best things in life are free in the form of friendships, practicing hospitality and giving our time and talents.  Imagine the perspective and appreciation we’d all have for each other if we would just slow down long enough to appreciate these wonderful treasures.

I absolutely recommend this book to anyone who is trying to stay on budget and just looking for ways to cut back and spend less.  If you read this book, please fell free to leave a comment below and let me know what you think. Happy Reading!!!!

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