Essential Oils & Kids “Out of the Mouths of Babes” & Bedtime Favorites! Post #3

THE PREMIUM STARTER KIT OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES

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When it comes to essential oils, there is fun for everyone! The Happy Oilers group asked some Little Happy Oilers to tell us how they use their favorite oils. And it’s a really good time.

Without further ado, we present to you….. Kids Say the Darndest Things: Premium Starter Kit Style!
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PEPPERMINT:

(Vitality for internal use)

“If you played too hard, and your tummy feels funny, you could put it on.”

“In the heat, sometimes our heads feel tight from all the water and sun. So we make sure to have Peppermint with us all the time.”

“If you’re in Disneyland or something and do too many teacups, you might get nauseous. But use Peppermint for it. That’s all “

“For school, maybe if your parents let you bring some oils to school (or when you’re doing your homework), you could use Peppermint to help you focus.” –

“If you’re going somewhere fancy, you could use peppermint to freshen your breath!”

“If you’re holding in your farts at school, and you don’t want to embarrass yourself by farting, just use some Peppermint.”

“Helps keep the spiders out of our house. We should put it outside too!”

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THIEVES:

(Vitality for internal use)

“Thieves helps keep us healthy.”

“You could use it for cleaning cuz it’s really good at cleaning. On the walls, the toilet, the floors, the sink, the windows, the toys, the TV, the shelves, the doors, the dishes, the laundry…anything!”

“Thieves helps our immune system. And our immune system helps us to stay healthy. If we don’t stay healthy, then (gasp!) our teeth will break. Just kidding, but we will miss out on school. And missing out on school is bad.”

“Thieves helps our respiratory system too! Respiratory system is how we breathe. And, well, if we don’t breathe, we’ll die.”

“We put it on our feet, because it’s safe for kids there. And then it goes through our skin, into our blood, and all through our body to help us stay healthy!”

“Helps you stay healthy and also feel better. You can spray it in your mouth.”

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DIGIZE:

(Vitality for internal use)

“It supports our digestive system. That’s why it’s called DiGize. It helps us to digest our food…..which is kinda gross.”

“If you can’t poop sometimes, that’s called constipation. I think that’s very gross. But DiGize helps you poop regularly, which is also gross.”

“It also helps you have a healthy tummy, which is awesome.”

“DiGize is really good for our immune system, and that’s important so we can stay healthy.”

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FRANKINCENSE:

(Vitality for internal use)

“You can rub it on your feet to help when you’re doing something new.”

“Doctors are learning a lot about its health benefits.”

“It was given to the baby Jesus when he was born in the manger!” 

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“I rub it on my chest to help me breathe good, and it helps me feel brave!” 

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LEMON:

(Vitality for internal use)

“Lemon is my favorite oil. It’s good for my — what’s the word, mom? — nervous system! It cleans our body and is good for our noses, too. And my mom cooks with it and drinks it in her water.”

“It smells good. It tastes good in my red juice.” (Ningxia red). 

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COPAIBA:

(vitality for internal use)

“It would help if you get hurt by making your body do what it does best.”

“Copaiba helps remind your body to fight when you get sick.”

“If you don’t have Stress Away, you can use Copaiba to help get your stress AWAY!”

“It helps you look younger on the outside if you swallow Copaiba, the Vitality kind.” 

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LAVENDER:

(Vitality for internal use)

“Lavender makes where you are smell really good.”

“It helps you calm down before bedtime so you aren’t wild.”

“Put it in the diffuser and it’ll help you calm down and feel comfy.”

“Put it in hair gel, body wash, conditioner and shampoo and lotion to help you smell good.”

“Put it in the diffuser and it’ll make it not smell yucky anymore.”

“You can use it for lots of different things.”

“Lavender is really awesome on my skin after I play outside!”

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PURIFICATION:

“Purification makes the air smell good.”

“It can help you feel happy and concentrated.”

“If you have dry skin sometimes.”

“It can make stuff smell good even with the toughest stink.”

“Use it to wash your dirty face.”

“Put a few drops in shoes to make them smell not so stinky after playing soccer or sports.”

“Put some on a cotton ball and put it in your air conditioning in the car, especially if you have baby diapers in there.” 

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STRESS AWAY:

“I put Stress Away on my wrists before bed to help me sleep good and not have bad dreams. If I don’t put it on, I wake up a lot. It smells good too!”

“My mom needs Stress Away a lot because I think having kids is kinda tough sometimes. But that’s okay!” 

“Stress Away smells delicious! And it works real good!” 

“It makes you not stress!”

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PANAWAY:

“PanAway helps you feel good after exercise and football and scoring touchdowns.”

“It helps to keep you feeling strong after you play baseball.”

“It helps your legs after you run fast or ride your bike a lot.”

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HEALTHY HOME FAVORITES

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Having little ones means exposure to more yucky things! We want to help our kiddos stay healthy and feeling great so they aren’t always missing school and we aren’t missing work! Young Living offers oils and household products to help you with just that!

Because healthy kids are certainly the most fun! We’ve put together a few recipes to boost immunity and stay as healthy as possible. Let’s dive right in!

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IMMUNE BOOSTING & PURIFYING:

Recipe #1

4 drops of Thieves*

4 drops of Purification*

4 drops of Lemon*

Combine in a 10ml roller bottle, fill the rest with carrier oil and shake well. Apply to bottom of feet and down spine each morning and at bedtime.

Recipe #2

20 drops of Thieves*

10 drops of Lemon*

2 oz distilled water

1 oz witch hazel

2 tsp Vitamin E

Combine in a 4oz spray bottle and shake well before each use. Spray on anything that needs a little sanitizing!

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SEASONAL SUPPORT:

5 drops of Lemon*

5 drops of Lavender*

5 drops of Peppermint*

Combine in a 10ml roller bottle, fill rest with carrier oil and shake well. Apply to bridge of nose and behind ears.

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RESPIRATORY SUPPORT:

4 drops of Lemon*

4 drops of Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)**

Combine in a 10ml roller bottle, fill rest with carrier oil and shake well. Apply to back of neck and upper back.

OR 

8 drops of R.C. blend 

Combine in a 10ml roller bottle, fill rest with carrier oil and shake well. Apply to back of neck and upper back.

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HAPPY TUMMIES:

Mix 5 drops of DiGize* or Peppermint* in 10ml roller bottle, fill with carrier oil and shake well. Apply around belly button. You guys, this is a game changer for my family!!!

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FOR BIG KIDS AND MOMMIES (Daddies, too!):

Thieves & Lemon Tea:

In a mug, add one drop of Thieves or one drop of Lemon to a tablespoon of honey. Pour 8-10 oz. of hot water over the honey mixture. Stir together and enjoy with your favorite snack!

BEDTIME FAVORITES

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To, it’s super important for parents and kiddos to get some restful sleep! I know from personal experience what happens when you don’t…

These are our favorite ways to use oils to encourage great sleep for moms and kiddos. AKA – we know you’re desperate and we are here to give you a virtual hug and a helping hand. You’re welcome in advance!

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SLEEPY CREAM

-3-4 T virgin coconut oil

-8 drops Lavender essential oil

-8 drops Peace & Calming essential oil

-In a small glass container with a lid (like a small Ball canning jar) whip the coconut oil with a fork. Add lavender and Peace & Calming essential oils, whipping well after each addition. At bedtime, give your sweeties a gentle foot rub with their special sleepy cream.

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NIGHT NIGHT SPRAY

-3 oz distilled water

-1 oz witch hazel (can be purchased at local drug store or shopping center in the health and beauty section)

-3 drops Lavender

-3 drops Gentle Baby

Mix all of your ingredients together in a 4oz glass spray bottle. Shake well. Just before bedtime, spray one or two sprays on pillows, blankets, or crib sheets. This is a great one to let bigger kids try for themselves and teach them about the importance of having great sleep.

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MONSTER SPRAY

-3 oz water

-3 drops lavender

-10 drops valor

-mix in 4 oz glass spray bottle

-shake before each use

-spray under the bed, in closets, and on pj’s

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Secret weapon for moms: Having a rough day where your head hits the pillow still swirling with thoughts even though you’re exhausted? Add three drops each of Lavender and Stress Away to your diffuser and let it run throughout the night. Sweet relaxation!

Essential Oils & Kids. Toxins in the home. Post #2

WHAT’S LURKING IN YOUR HOME?

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Let’s chat about some mind-blowing facts about what is lurking in our homes. I had no idea there were harmful ingredients in the things I used on my skin daily, and so if you are in this place, or anywhere near it, please know that this is a judgment free zone! All of us in here are on a wellness journey and you are invited, exactly as you are, and at whatever stage you are in!

  1. Store bought soaps contain sodium laureth sulfate, a toxic chemical used to remove car grease off of garage floors. This can be damaging to the skin, as well as disruptive to immune health and hormonal health.
  2. Both adult and kid shampoos contain phthalates, a toxic chemical that has been banned in children’s toys, but is still found in body cleansing products. It is known to be an endocrine disruptor, and very hard for the body to break down when used consistently during bath time.
  3. The main ingredient in candles and home sprays is formaldehyde, which is the number one cancer causing chemical, and is what we get embalmed with at the morgue. They say inhaling scents from candles or sprays is the equivalent to inhaling second hand smoke, which is even more dangerous than actually smoking the cigarette itself.
  4. Store bought household cleaning products contain 2-butoxyethanol, which is a toxin known to cause sore throat, narcosis, and severe liver and kidney damage.
  5. Store bought laundry detergents and dryer sheets contain alpha-terpineol, benzyl alcohol, and camphor, which are all toxic ingredients that cause central nervous system disorders, loss of muscular coordination, central nervous system depression, headaches, nausea, and vomiting.
  6. Many baby products contain the listed ingredient “fragrance,” which is simply a broad category that hides hundreds of toxic chemicals behind that word itself. Companies are not required to reveal the actual chemicals that are within the “fragrance” category, hence keeping the public in the dark about the true toxicity of the products we use on our little ones. This can cause huge hormone disruption.
  7. Women apply over 300 chemicals to their face and skin per day, including talc, bismuth, parabens, lead, mercury, and mineral oil. These chemicals are all found in store bought skin care and makeup products, which can disrupt the endocrine system, are highly carcinogenic, and have even been found in tumors.

When we use these products on ourselves and our children on a daily basis, the toxins build up and accumulate within our bodies – a process called “bioaccumulation.” This means that the more we expose ourselves to these toxins, the harder it is for our bodies to break them down. Because of this build up, it causes both minor and major health issues, that otherwise could be prevented if we simply quit using those toxins. Even if these issues aren’t apparent right now, they will be apparent later on down the road.

What’s even scarier to know, is some of the most popular “organic” products can still contain some the ingredients above. Even if you think you’re making a better decision about going organic instead of conventional, there is still a probability that your organic product is still highly toxic for yourself or your little ones.

Don’t believe me? Visit the Environmental Working Group website at ewg.org, plug in the ingredients of your products, and see how high it is rated in toxicity. Or, download the “Think Dirty” app on your smartphone, and look at the toxicity levels. The results will shock you, and will make you want to throw those products in the trash.

 

WHAT TO USE INSTEAD:

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Young Living products have NONE of the chemicals listed above and only contains the purest of plant based ingredients. While they are an essential oil company, they are also a fully-equipped natural products company. They have supplements, beauty products, household cleaning products, stuff for kids and babies, home purifiers, bath and shower products, oral care, and yes – even makeup! This makes it easy to simply ditch the products you’re currently using, and replace it with something Young Living has instead. It is your one-stop-shop for all things you will need for yourself, for your home, for your children, and for your health!

Simply put, the only thing inside their essential oil bottles is the plant itself – no additives, fillers, synthetic fragrances, preservatives, or dyes (which is NOT the same for store bought essential oils, hence why other brands can be dangerous and highly toxic). The same goes for all of their products – the only ingredients within the products are the ones listed on the label, and they are all plant based. Not one single ingredient is synthetic, toxic, or chemically derived!!!

BUT IT’S TOO EXPENSIVE….

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Some people have a misconception of thinking that using Young Living products in their home and on their family is a new or added expense. WRONG! It’s not! Instead, it’s a shift in spending. Everyone spends money on products every day, every month, every year – whether the products are good for you or not. With this route, instead of going to the store for all of your products, you are getting them from Young Living. I personally LOVE online shopping and HATE going to the store! I have also found it to be true that I use a smaller amount of product than I’m used to with other brands. High quality simply goes further and lasts longer. Since you don’t need to use as much to get great results, it doesn’t cost as much! Let’s talk about 5 ways you can so totally afford Young Living.

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  1. Get a Wholesale Membership!

This is the route that 99% of people go when they want to start using Young Living products. With this route, you get wholesale pricing on everything they have instead of retail pricing, which saves you 24% on every single item they’ve got! If you’re here, chances are you already have one of these babies!!! Just log into your VO and get to shopping!!!!

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  1. Get on Essential Rewards Immediately!

Another cool thing about Young Living, is they give cash back to frequent buyers. There is a super incredible program called Essential Rewards, which acts as a “monthly box” that you can customize and get shipped to you every month, filled with products you are needing for your family or in your home. Over time, you can earn up to 25% back in points for your orders, and those points you can use towards getting products for FREE. With Essential Rewards, you can also take advantage of the FREE monthly promotions that Young Living has, cheaper shipping options, and the option to cancel at any time. So, basically, Young Living pays you to order their products through this program. Name another store that will do that for you?! NONE!

This program also gives you a means of affordably ditching and switching, which can be a process to do. So, this month, you can order everything for your kiddos, next month household cleaning products. And the next month, you can order beauty products, baby products, or supplements, or essential oils, or makeup, whatever you need – so on and so forth!

With all of these perks and benefits of the Essential Rewards program, it’s only a minimum of 50 PV in products for each monthly box, which can be the equivalent of $50. Now, before you think that’s a lot, it’s TOTALLY not! We all spend well over $50 a month on products every single month. All this is, is shifting that spending from the store to something natural instead. Even people with the most minimal budgets can do Essential Rewards!

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  1. Get FREE products with Young Living’s monthly promotions!

Young Living has this cool tradition, where they give away an assortment of products to members every month for FREE. For anyone who orders over a certain amount in a single order, Young Living will include some free products in the box for you. Normally, there are 4 different ordering tiers – 100, 190, 250, or 300. If you order over any of those amounts in one single order, they will automatically include the FREE monthly products, which could add up to hundreds of dollars in stuff you didn’t have to pay for. Cool, huh?!

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  1. Create DIY products yourself!

Some people find even more ways to pinch pennies and reduce toxins in their home by creating DIY products with Young Living’s essential oils and products. There are literally thousands upon thousands of recipes out there to create chemical-free options for yourself and your family. When you add Young Living’s essential oils to your DIY products, the powerful plant properties will add natural fragrance, be soothing to the skin, act as a natural purifying agent, and will support your overall health at the same time, all depending on what you’re making. Basically, adding oils to your DIY recipes will make them even better for you than if you didn’t add them at all!

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  1. Share Young Living with friends, get paid for their referral!

When we say Young Living literally pays you back, they not only do that when you order, they also do that whenever you refer friends. For every friend you refer, if that friend creates a wholesale account and orders a Premium Starter Kit like you did, you can get $50. So, if you refer 3 friends to Young Living, it could pay you back for the Premium Starter Kit you initially purchased for yourself! Also, if you keep referring friends, it could get your monthly Essential Rewards orders paid for, too, that way you will NEVER pay for your products! Talk about a money saver! What other stores (ahem… Target where you at!?) deposit cash in your bank account for referring friends? NONE!

THE BEST WAY TO GET STARTED

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There are hundreds of uses for each essential oil. And Young Living offers HUNDREDS of oils to choose from.

But remember how I talked about how a wholesale membership is the way to GO when it comes to kicking toxins out affordably? Well thankfully Young Living has curated the PERFECT kit of essential oils to get you that wholesale membership. The kit is valued at over $330.00 if you were to purchase everything separately without your wholesale membership, but they’ve priced it at only $160.00. A savings of almost 50%!! The kit they’ve curated is PERFECT because it includes 11 oils and a diffuser giving you hundreds of uses for the most common things you’d need to use oils for! We’ll let the kids break down the uses in the next post 😉

Essential Oils & Kids Safety Post #1

WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS?02

If you aren’t familiar with essential oils, you might be wondering what in the world ARE THEY!? You’ve probably heard your friends talk about them, so let’s break it down!

Essential oils are the aromatic, volatile liquids distilled from plants. The oil can be obtained from the roots, seeds, shrub, flowers, leaves and trees and bring health and healing to the body. The chemistry is extremely complex and may consist of hundreds of different and unique chemical compounds. EO’s were mankind’s first medicine and are in fact mentioned throughout Scripture. The oils are very complex and very powerful which is why they are able to reach every part of our bodies on a cellular level.

The fragrance of the oils work on the limbic system in the brain where emotions are stored and can help relax and clear the mind as well as release emotional trauma. They can have profound physiological and psychological effects which you heard a bit about in our intros. The EO’s from Young Living are all therapeutic grade oils that can be diffused, applied topically or ingested. An all-natural way to help your body stay healthy, the way was intended to be.

ESSENTIAL OIL SAFETY

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Safety is important when it comes to using essential oils. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all of the information available, but using common sense and starting gradually will help ease any sort of intimidation you might feel as you begin using essential oils in your everyday life, on yourself and your family. Due to the fact that Young Living’s purity and grade of oils is so high, they should be used with knowledge and respect. It is important — so important! — that we protect our kiddos and use oils properly.

I personally have chosen to use oils during my pregnancy, postpartum recovery and for Gavin since the beginning, even with his tiny body and all his considerations. I have had zero problems and lots of benefits but I also educated myself first and then made that call as his mom. You’ll need to decide what works for you and your kiddo’s! If you are diffusing around children or applying oils topically you need to understand and research what oils are safe to be used around kids and what dilution ratios you need to use. This is quite simple as most oils are fine to be used on and around kids and there are a lot of great references out there that can help you too!

Generally, once a child hits 10 years old they are able to process any oil an adult can. Prior to 10 there are oils that need to be used with caution, and dilution will be your best friend!

Here’s a few of their suggestions…

  1. When storing essential oils (EOs), it’s important to keep them in a cool, dark place with lids tightly closed (and always out of reach of children). You’ll also want to keep carrier oils (like coconut, olive, vitamin e, sweet almond oil, etc.) on hand for dilution. Always use and store EOs in glass containers, especially when drinking them in water, since most plastic products contain chemicals that can be broken down by the oil. Ingesting oils properly does not harm your body because we are made of organic cells, not toxic material.
  2. Most EOs are generally safe for use during pregnancy, but need to be used with common sense. As with any health program, you may want to consult with a health care professional beforehand. A great resource is the book Gentle Babies. I love this book!
  3.  Citrus oils are photosensitive and when applied to skin, they may cause a rash or dark pigmentation on skin exposed to UV rays or direct sunlight within 1-2 days after application.
  4.  Keep EOs away from eyes and never put them directly into the ears. Should irritation or accidental contact with eyes occur, never use water to clear the EO (they are not water-soluble). Instead use a V6 vegetable oil complex or other carrier oil (such as coconut oil or sweet almond oil) to cleanse the area and reduce discomfort.
  5. Epileptics and people with high blood pressure should use extra caution when using EOs with high ketones like basil, rosemary, sage, or tansy.
  6.  For people with allergies or sensitive skin, it’s best to test a small area (like the inside of the upper arm) then wait 30 minutes before applying to other areas. In general, the bottoms of the feet are safe for topical application.
  7. Direct inhalation (not the same as diffusing) can be a deep and intensive application method, particularly for respiratory congestion and illness. This method should not be used more than 10-15 times throughout the day without first consulting a health care professional.
  8. When adding EOs to bath water, start with 5 drops first mixed with Epsom salt to help disperse the oil. Never use more than 15 drops in one bath. If a dispersing agent is not used, serious discomfort can be caused because the oil tends to float undiluted on top of the water.
  9. Young Living states right on the bottles if an oil is able to be consumed as a food additive or not. They have a separate line called the Vitality line which is all safe for consumption. The Vitality line oils all have a white label and it is also OK to ingest an oil that is part of the vitality line but does not have a white label. (For example, Lemon oil with a yellow label is the same oil as lemon oil with a white label). DO NOT use any Essential Oil internally that is not specifically indicated for that purpose.

 

WHY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE YOUNG LIVING?

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We care about what we’re putting IN our bodies so shouldn’t we care just as much about what we’re putting ON our bodies? Young Living owns their own farms to grow their own plants all over the world. Most of the other oil companies buy from farmers. Young Living distills 100% of their own oils. That means YL can stand by their quality from beginning to end. They call it the “seed to seal” guarantee, which means a lot if I am going to be putting them on my body and my kids’ bodies. They can say with a 100% guarantee that they know what is in those precious little bottles and that they are 100% pure. From the time the seed is sourced until the oil is sealed in the bottle, they apply the most rigorous quality controls possible to ensure that you are receiving essential oils exactly the way nature intended. YL has been around for over 20 years and they are clearly the leader in the industry. So they have had the opportunity to learn from mistakes or change what isn’t working.

YL is more expensive compared to other brands and oils you can purchase at Whole Foods or on Amazon. Aromatherapy has become quite a fad, and an ever-growing number of marketers, seeing its money-making potential, have jumped on the essential oil bandwagon, looking for an easy way to make a lot of money. They’re finding innovative ways to sell anything they can call aromatherapy. Mostly, what you find are cheap imitations: some sort of oil base to which they’ve added synthetic chemicals to create a fragrance.

If you buy cheaper oil, chances are you’re not even getting what you pay for. You must remember that aromatherapy is about more than just the smell. The $5.00 to $10.00 bottle of Frankincense you get at the health food stores might smell fine to you, but there’s no way it will provide you with the therapeutic benefits of YL’s Frankincense oil. And I guarantee you there will be an expiration date on that bottle but not on any of Young Living’s bottles. Pure oil does not expire.

While some of these so-called aromatherapy products present a pleasing fragrance, can cover unpleasant odors, and may have some limited value in relaxation, they have no real value for true aromatherapy. In some cases, these products can create serious health problems, from allergic reactions to irritations to chemical burns and they should definitely not be ingested.

There are at least 200 different companies marketing essential oils in North America. However, there are many grades of essential oils, and most essential oils available in the United States are of the lowest grade and quality. Only when using Young Living 100% pure-therapeutic-grade oil will you see significant benefits.

 

Family Portrait

I have a very talented friend who does prophetic paintings. She recently did this portrait for our family saying that we are strong and courageous.

What an awesome honor! It reminds me of a time when all of the many doctors were saying that Gavin’s health would be filled with serious problems. Even though it was really hard, we trusted God to take care of our family. It also encourages me to continue to believe that God is with us, wherever we go!

Pets and Essential Oils!

Our animals certainly deserve the most natural care, just like we do! Sometimes it’s hard  to know if certain oils are safe or exactly how to go about making an oil safe by diluting it. Thankfully, my sister created this very helpful post with some fun recipes to help us out! Just click the link and enjoy! 

I once saw my sister put a few drops of oil on her crazy hyper boxer/ lab/ pitbull mix and I was shocked to see Bailey calm down in maybe a minute. I had never seen anything like it, and I had been close to this dog for a long time. That moment was when […]

via Essential Oils for Dogs — How To Be Myself

Good dog!

Since Gavin was born, Bailey really has been getting the short end of the stick (you know, the one no-one has thrown for her). She does get some reprieve from her life of boredom with the new baby with frequent trips to Grandpa’s house but that’s honestly the highlight of her life right now.

Bailey’s life before the baby:

With that being said I really feel like she deserves some attention and praise for what a good dog she has been through this life change!

Just like ours, her whole life changed overnight and she has handled it like a champ. I am so proud of her!

Bailey sharing the attention:

She loves her new baby brother so much and always uses caution around him. She’s been patient and sweet but I know she’s really looking forward to the day he starts throwing her some good scraps from his high chair!

100 miles!

I’ve taken it pretty slow when it comes to getting back into shape after having Gavin. I’ve cosistantly done “something” when it come to occasional exercise but honestly, for the last 9 months, my main goal has been to survive.

I was however, inspired by an unusual event last fall. I had woken up at 6am to pump milk for Gavin (again). When I was done, I tried going back to sleep for half an hour and it just wasn’t happening.

That’s when I realized I was insane and I was wasting a perfectly good chance to go for a morning run by myself! I instantly jumped up as quietly as possible, tip toed past the baby, the dog and the husband like a stealthy ninja, grabbed a shot of Ninxia/Nitro, a couple drops of EN-R-GEE oil and practically got dressed in the garage out of fear that I might wake one of them up and ruin my chance!

As I excitedly opened the garage door, (why does that have to be so loud?!) my hopes and dreams were instantly smashed with the realization that it was raining. Hard. Why had it not occurred to me that it could be raining outside? Seriously. Stupid rain was trying to ruin my chance to go running with out dragging a stroller, dog, picnic basket and overnight bag along! (okay, the last part is an exaggeration but sometimes it feels like it might not be). Nope. Not gonna happen, I decided that though i am sweet as sugar it’s unlikely that I would melt and I went anyways. (so proud of myself!)

In the end, it stopped raining, I got my best distance and time since before I was pregnant and the sun was even out part of the time!

After that, I decided I wanted to go 100 miles in the fall. Walking and running both count. I just have to get in the steps! I loved the goal because it was attainable yet challenging and I ended up making it down to the 1/4 mile with only 8 hours to spare! I felt quite accomplished and loved that I was able to use this “movement” goal to balance all my fitness so decided to make it a regular thing. That’s right. 100 miles per season. I can do that! Right? Well, Winter started December 21st, right before Christmas and my baby had surgery on December 26th so I’m getting a late start… I don’t know if I can do it this season but I did get some cute new shoes for motivation.

You see, I believe in setting yourself up for success 😉

How to place your Young Living order after you have already become a member!

There are a two different ways that you can place your young living order after your initial sign up. You can either place an Essential Rewards Order (ER) or you can place a Quick Order (QO). Both are designed to benefit you differently, according to your needs. The most important thing is getting you your order, the way you want it and I’m going to help you get the best benefits along with it!

Ordering on Essential Rewards for the first time? Most wholesale members enroll in a program called Essential Rewards (ER). This makes a ton of sense for you if you are ditching all the toxic products in your life and switching to a more healthful lifestyle, if you are going to place an order at least once a month or if you just like to get free stuff!

Ordering on ER truly is the best bang for your buck. You get a percentage of what you spend back in points to redeem for more products. I earn 25% back on everything that I buy which means that I can use the young living products I know and trust in place of most of the household products that I would normally be buying anyways! Transfer buying, as they call it!

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How to place an order on Essential Rewards:

  1. Sign into your virtual office account using the login info that you choose when you became a member.
  2. On the left hand side, click Essential Rewards and then click join now.
  3. Add the products that you want to order and click save monthly order.
  4. Check your total personal volume (PV), NOT your total dollars spent and make sure it is what you need it to be in order to qualify for the promos you want (if you want any this month!)
  5. Select your payment/shipping method and DONE!

It really is that simple! Your customized order will ship on the same day each month and you can choose/change it at your will.

When you are enrolled in the Essential Rewards program you get a monthly box of whatever products you choose. There is a minimum order of 50 PV per month required to stay active in the program. PV value is different than dollar value. Each product has a PV value but generally speaking, the PV value and the dollar value are about the same on most products.

As an Essential Rewards Member, you:

  • Get reduced shipping rates
  • Qualify for free monthly promos
  • Get discounts on products that are exclusive to Essential Rewards members.
  • Earn reward points which you can cash in for free products (this alone is like gold to me)!
  • Can cancel it anytime, for any reason
  • Have no membership fees
  • Get additional loyalty gifts, based on how long you are enrolled.

If you are ordering as a wholesale member then there is literally no reason not to jump on this program. Even if you don’t plan on ordering monthly, you have nothing to lose some pretty cool things to gain! (you do have to call and cancel if you decide you want to- but that’s easy)

PV Assistant:

Once you are enrolled in the Essential Rewards program, I highly recommend that you turn on the PV Assistant. It’s a tool that allows to you to set the minimum PV that you want to hit each month. It helps you by adding products of your choice to your order, should you go under your preset minimum PV. This is helpful in the case that something in your ER order goes out of stock before your order is shipped. This has happened to me before and it is very sad. It will lower your PV which could affect any promotions you were planning on getting that month and if you go below 50 PV then it will take you off essential rewards all together, causing any reward points that you have accrued in the past to disappear.

PV Assistant is located in your Virtual Office on the left hand side under Essential Rewards. Just set your PV assist to send you whatever items you tell it to as replacement items. It will not change, add or replace anything you have in your current ER order unless something goes out of stock!

I personally like to fill mine up with everyday must have oils that have a variety of price points. I also like to add common oils that I can give away as gifts but let’s face it, I’ve never received anything that I didn’t want to keep for my self 😉

Changing your ER order each month:

  1. Login to your virtual office account using the login info that you choose when you became a member.
  2. Go to Essential Rewards, my monthly order, change order
  3. Choose the products that you want, save monthly order
  4. Check your PV total, NOT your total money spent and make sure it is what you want it to be in order to qualify for the promo’s that you want.
  5. Select your payment/ shipping info and done!

Reasons to order on Quick Order:

  • If you are not enrolled in Essential Rewards.
  • You are redeeming your Essential Reward points.
  • You want to place an additional order in the same month that your ER order has already been placed. (people might do this if they forgot to order something, if there is a sale or if they want to qualify for the monthly promotional items twice!)

To place a Quick Order:

  1. Login to your virtual office account using the login info that you choose when you became a member.
  2. Choose the products that you want
  3. Check your PV total, NOT your total money spent and make sure it is what you want it to be in order to qualify for the promo’s that you want.
  4. Enter payment/shipping info and done!

You can still qualify for promotional items based on the total PV that you order in your quick order so watch for the monthly promotions!

I hope this was helpful, please let me know if you have any other questions!

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Gavin’s Healthy Heart!

During one of the high-definition ultrasounds that I received while pregnant with Gavin, they had discovered that he had a VSD (Ventricular Septal Defect). That means he had a hole in the wall of his heart which seperates the ventricles. Congential heart disease.

VSDs come in a variety of sizes, each with specific attributes that may or may not require surgery. They did several EKGs (Echocardiogram’s) on him while I was pregnant and knew he would likely need surgery but we would have to wait to do an EKG when he was born for definite answers. Sometimes VSDs can close on their own and cause no problems so we were hoping for that prognosis!

At that point, we did not know that he would be premature and that we did not have as long to wait as we had originally thought. As soon as he was born they rushed him off to do all sorts of testing with different specialty departments and one of the things they did was an EKG, confirming that he would need heart surgery but they would have to wait until he was bigger.

This was right after he was born when they took him to see the specialists, Gavin is somewhere in all that equipment!
This was right after he was born when they took him to see the specialists, Gavin is somewhere in all that equipment!

His first goals would be 1. Stomach repair/function (he was born with Duodenal Atresia and was not able the digest food), 2. Stability in all the areas where prematurity cause instability, and 3. weight gain.

Once we were home from the NICU, we began taking all measures to fatten him up. I would take a portion of the breast milk that I had pumped, wait for the fat to settle on the top (about 24 hours), siphon only the fat (hindmilk) off the top and add it to the regular breast milk. Then I would add avocado oil and vitamins to each bottle. Lucky for us, he couldn’t tolerate formula when we tried adding it to his bottles for extra calories so we had to think outside the box. People would see me making bottles and comment that it was the most complicated and time consuming baby feeding process they had ever seen!

Siphoning the fat from the milk

Gavin’s VSD was causing his heart to work extra hard to keep him alive and it was burning extra calories while doing it. We were playing catch-up in every area while still battling feeding issues related to prematurity (Preemies have to learn to coordinate the suck, swallow, breath technique in sync without choking and causing a Brady episode which means their vital stats bottom out, they turn blue and they have to be stimulated in order to breath) and a severe tongue tie. Other things his doctors told us to do were to not let him cry because it burns vital calories and to not let him get sick.

We took our job very seriously. Our house was pretty much on quarantined lockdown, used as Gavin’s personal healing sanctuary with round-the-clock skin-to-skin for most of the summer.

I still remember the day that he hit 5 pounds like it was yesterday. We worked hard for that gain and we were thrilled! Throughout the summer we had regular visits with his team of cardiologists and even though he was gaining weight, they consistently said his condition had not improved. They said his weight gain was not enough, he needed surgery but he would not be able to handle it until he was bigger.

We had been praying for healing all along and at each visit we hoped they would say the hole was closed and he didn’t need surgery, but it kept not happening.

They would let us listen to his heart for ourselves and each time we heard the whooshing of blood flowing through a hole so big that our layman’s ears could hear it was still there.

We were honestly disspointed and a little angry but we never stopped hoping.

One night stands out in my mind, I was standing over him as I put him to bed in his swing (he slept sitting up because he had reflux from being premature). I remember starting out praying a typical prayer for his heart to be healed but this time was different in the fact that I got the clear realization that he would be healed, whether it was through surgery or through God’s hand alone. I remember saying and really believing “I know he’ll be okay, I trust that he will make it through this but it would just be so much easier and better if you would simply use your power to heal him without surgery. I know you can”. There was power in that moment and several others along with it.

Moments like the time we were at my Grandmother’s Memorial (sadly, she had passed away while we were in the NICU but my family decided to wait until we were home to have a service). Someone was talking with my husband about Gavin’s upcoming heart surgery and he boldly replied, “I believe he’s not going to need surgery”.

Us at my Grandma Gladys’s memorial

It wasn’t instantaneous, we had gone to a few appts where the cardiologists said he would still need surgery and we started declaring his healing and believing for it daily. We even came to terms with the real possibility that we would need to walk through heart surgery with him and were very grateful to have an awesome team of doctors that God had given us who could bring him healing through medicine. After all, healing is healing, however it comes.

“Is this the same kid?”

At his next “routine” heart check up, August 28th, Gavin was almost 5 months old and had been steadily gaining weight. We went in for an updated EKG and to set his surgery date. We knew the drill and were just going through the motions. I’m embarrassed to say that we were honest-to-God caught off guard when it was time to hear the report of findings and his cardiologist told us the hole had closed, he would NOT need surgery and they were taking the failure to thrive label off his chart!

Getting his EKG

She looked a little unsure and confused when she said, “let me re-check his chart. Is this the same kid? No really, is this the right kid? I can’t believe it! What did you guys do to him?” Then she made us wait so she could have two other cardiologists check him out. They were all dumbfounded and said they just couldn’t believe it. I remember how happy my husband and I felt, I remember looking at each other and saying, “We can believe it”!

Today, we CELEBRATE!

My mama heart was so relieved and overflowing with joy for my sweet baby boy and all I could feel was thankfulness. Thankfulness for healing and all the people who believed with us! So if you were one of those people, we thank you from the bottom of our healthy hearts!

Update: We recently had an EKG done at 9 months old and his heart still looks great!

Gavin’s first tooth!

Thank God Gavin finally got his first tooth! He’s had symptoms of teething since he was 2 months old! Now, 7 months later, he’s got his first tooth and the second one is not far behind!

He’s had to work hard for this victory and it’s probably no coincidence that we read him my very favorite childhood book about a girl and her tooth last night. It’s called Airmail To The Moon. It was written by Tom Birdseye. Have you read it? It’s one fun book and it was super precious to see my husband reading my well loved (it’s even signed!) copy to our son!

Anyways, I guess it’s a good time to find him a dentist and help him learn to take care of all those beautiful teeth!