My Top Ten Oils + YL Products

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Well, hey there old blog!  It has been months since I even opened this page.  But today I'm back to help all my oil girls and my soon-to-be oils girls (and guys!)

It all started for me 4 years ago when I was pregnant with Reid and was terrified of Carter (in daycare at the time) bringing home one of the many, many germs that got him sick constantly the year previously.   I wish I would have known about oils that year when I was an anxiety-ridden mess of a full-time first grade teacher and practically single parent (while Christian was working non-stop.)

But I digress.  The number one reason I gave oils a chance was for wellness so that's number 1 on my list of my top 10.

***Now I have to start by saying there's a law called compliance, which makes this more difficult, so I can't come out and blatantly say what I use the oils for, but instead have to kind of hint around it.  So if you're like, come on, just tell me the real thing- that's why I can't.  But you can message me and then we can chat more!

1. Thieves

A blend of cinnamon, rosemary, eucalyptus, and a bunch of other oils that keep us staying well!  It is amazing.  I roll this baby on my boys every.single.night year round.

My once-skeptical husband even admitted that our boys immunity was crazy after a winter of wellness!

Make yourself a Thieves roller:  10 drops Thieves and fill roller with Fractionated Coconut Oil.

Thieves somehow also helps when you're cutting onions.  Open the bottle next to you while chopping and it stops your eyes from burning.  So crazy!

2. Lavender

A few years ago I was the worst sleeper.  I would be awake for hours in the middle of the night.  Now I roll on some lavender on my chest, behind my ears and I sleep so much better.

I started out hating the smell of lavender so I mixed lavender with lemon in the diffuser at night and I loved it and then started using less lemon and more lavender and now I use it for everything.

When there's any sort of skin problem that's what I use on all of us.

It smells so good in the diffuser and is perfect for relaxation with a few drops of orange.  I love it with lemon, grapefruit, citrus fresh.

When the seasons are changing and Reid is non-stop clearing his throat I put lavender, peppermint, and lemon in the diffuser and in a roller and it helps him so much!

And add a drop or two to your mascara to help with make long lashes (and smell calming when you're rushing around in the morning!)

3. Peppermint

When you have a hangover or just need a little pep you need peppermint.  It helps when I'm scattered and need to focus and it just smells so good- like the North Pole!

My favorite is peppermint in the diffuser with any citrus.  It's refreshing and uplifting!

Peppermint in a roller with copaiba and lavender helps so much with tension too!

And you can even put a drop in hot chocolate for a festive drink!

4. Joy

When you enroll with me I give you a roller of grapefruit and joy because I absolutely love it.

I absolutely hated it at first but after reading about how it scientifically improves mood and raises your frequency I knew I had to try it.  I rolled it on my feet at first and then started to love it (just like lavender!)  Now I could bathe in it!

I apply it every morning on my neck and forearm and whenever I need a little mood boost I roll it on and breathe it in and feel better.  It's floral and sweet.

5. Digize

Another surprise here!  This is a must have.  I swear by this oil for all things tummy.  You can ingest it, (and I've heard great reviews from people who use it this way)  but I just take a drop and roll it around my belly button when I have an upset tummy and it is amazing!

You can mix in some peppermint too if the smell isn't your favorite.

6. Lemon, orange, tangerine, lime, citrus fresh, grapefruit

Give me all the citrus oils.  They are so fresh smelling and instantly make the room smell sweet and uplifting.

Mix in some peppermint or spearmint or wintergreen or lavender or pretty much anything and they will make your house smell dreamy!

Lemon in the diffuser is my go-to when my boys are sniffly or coughing.

Also when you add a drop to your water bottle you will drink so much more water and get all the amazing benefits of the oil in your body.

7. Frankincense & Copaiba

These babies will take care of your skin.  Make a glow roller for your face and your skin will feel soft and smooth.

Copaiba is from a tree resin in Brazil and is amazing for teething babies and for any sort of discomfort and for aging skin.  Who knew!?

And frankincense is a grounding oil for yoga, meditation, or just to help keep your skin looking youthful.  It also is calming for nighttime and supports your kids when they aren't feeling so good.

8. Sniffleease

Sniffleease is an oil from the KidScents line and a go-to for my sniffly/ throat-clearing 4 year old.  It's a safe alternative to RC and Raven for kids.  (RC and Raven are perfect for adults, but I'm a worrier so I stick to Sniffleease for my boys.)

When he gets the sniffles he asks for Sniffleease and goes right back to sleep.  (He's typically sniffly at night time.)

I love it because I put an aromaglide roller on the top of the bottle and roll on his chest or neck and don't have to worry about dilution or making it too strong or too weak.

9. Savvy Minerals

90% of my make-up is Savvy Minerals and I love it.

I use the foundation powder, blush, bronzer, eye shadows, lipstick, lip gloss, and brushes.  They are healthy but most importantly they look great on!  I'm all about making good choices and having safe products, but if they don't work or have other side effects (not good coverage, drying etc) then I won't use them.  I honestly love all of the Savvy products that I've tried.

The brushes are so soft and wash and dry amazingly well.  They are a deal too- only $85 for 5 brushes!

The lip glosses (embrace is my everyday fave) are smooth, not sticky, and have a hint of peppermint oil in them to plump and taste good!

10. Skincare

Ok, I'm kind of cheating because there's more than one product here, but I couldn't choose!

Wolfberry eye cream- I love the smell of this eye cream.  It's moisturing, yet light!

Orange blossom face wash- another amazing smelling face wash that leaves my skin feeling clean and soft.  (It was perfect for my summer skin and even now.  But I'm thinking in the depth of the cold, dry winter I may switch to the Art cleanser.)

Peppermint facial scrub- Love using this every few days for exfoliating.

So there you have some of my favorites and definitely not all of them- I struggled to pick just 10 and not include Thieves hand soap, Thieves household cleaner, Thieves laundry soap, and Ningxia Red and Super B supplement...and so many more.

Honestly my goal is not to make you buy things you don't need, but I have to share that I truly love these oils and products and love that they are safe.  They are formulated with plant-based products from truly good ingredients and not fillers.  I feel good about swapping out my Dove body wash full of dangerous ingredients which could lead to illness and now using and loving a safe body wash base that I can make smell any way I'd like.  Who knew that a blush I used forever had dangerous ingredients in it?  I made the switch to a Savvy blush immediately and love the results.

When you enroll to get started with Young Living with me you become a member of the best groups that help educate you on how to use oils and help you better understand the science behind them.  You will feel confident in making changes.

Message me or click here to get your starter kit and get started with oils and good, clean products!

working on wellness

Monday, January 8, 2018

I'm feeling inspired to post some things I've been working on and need to work on with some definite wellness goals in mind!

Essential Oils have been a big part of my life for the last few years, as you know.  They have brought so much peace to our family.  When in doubt, try an oil.  And most times they fix what needs to be fixed!  Love that they are natural and we rely less and less on chemical-laden products.

Being a part of a bunch of oil groups I am inspired daily to make other changes to promote wellness and make changes for our family.  In 2004 I had Melanoma removed from my arm and I am reminded of how scary that was at every doctor's appointment when she checks my lymph nodes.  Every day I'm conscious that Cancer has lived in my body and could very well come back.  I don't live in fear of it but I know there are many better choices I could make to live a less toxic life.

Last summer wellness and diet came up often during our family beach weekends.  I participated in a Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet group on FB, we watched What the Health, Food Inc. and debated best choices for diet often.  (Christian is on team Keto diet and we all learned that it's not worth even thinking of debating that with him!)

But something that made a huge impact on me was when my sister shared a link from 

Chris has a website and a series of videos of him telling about how his enormous lifestyle change cured him from Stage 3 Colon Cancer.  These videos are inspiring and informational and backed by research.  I did not have the opportunity to watch all of the videos but what I did see made a big impact on me. 

I've pretty much told everyone close to me about these life-changing videos. 

So with wellness being everywhere lately I thought I'd share some ways I am working on making better choices.  Please comment with your thoughts and suggestions!

Oils, of course have replaced candles to fragrance my house.  My diffusers are pretty much running all of the day and night!  And I do not miss candles at all!  I actually find most scented candles to be overwhelming when I'm around them.  Oils have also replaced all room freshening sprays! 

We take a lot less ibuprofen and tylenol now although I still am fine with medicine, just not unless it's totally necessary.

Lavender has replaced my prescription for meds to help me sleep (for the most part!)  I will occasionally take 1/4 of a pill if I had too much cold brew!

Switching to natural deodorant has been something I've tried unsuccessfully in the past, but I'm determined to find one that works for me (and doesn't give me a rash!)  I just started using Native this week.  I just read a whole post on detoxing from deodorant completely but I don't think I'm quite ready for that....yet.

I am loving some changes I've made in the shower.  I no longer buy body scrubs and instead make my own!  It's so cheap, easy, and smells good with no chemicals!  Organic Sugar, Organic Coconut oil, and a few drops of essential oils is all it takes and the whole shower smells so good and my skin is so moisturized!

I've switched from Dove body wash to Young Living body wash with no scent.  I add 10 drops of grapefruit and I love it!  It lathers great and only takes a little bit!  (I tried unscented castile soap but found that to be drying.)

If I take a bath I add 1/4 cup essential oil-infused epsom salts for a little detoxing.

For my face I still use Burt's Bees Sensitive face wash in the morning but I skip all of my previous R + F products now and use Young Living Satin Mint Facial Scrub at night.  I use Aveda Morning Renewing cream and Aveda Wedding Masque at night and I use Young Living Wolfberry Eye cream everyday. 

I recently started trying a few products from Savvy Minerals.  I was hesitant about the loose powders but absolutely love the blush, the brushes, and the lip glosses.  This month I'm getting the bronzer and a few eye shadows to try!  I also use It Cosmetics CC cream and really like it!

For cleaning products I mostly use Thieves cleaner but I still use a couple of not-so-natural bathroom cleaning products. 

For our laundry I'm making the switch to Thieves laundry detergent from All free & clear. 

We recently got rid of all of our calphalon pans and replaced them with greenpans that do not have the coating.  Because who wants that chemical coating in what you eat?

But that leads me to the area that I need to work on the most----food and water!  I am not a clean eater and although I feel like I know what I should be eating I have the hardest time making the good choices when it comes to food.  And drinking water?  I'm the worst.

True. The gym today was wonderful. I can leg press 240!! Idk if that impressive, but when we started going I was only at 190, so progress has been made. My legs actually haven't looked this wonderful in a long time.

So tell me, what suggestions do you have for wellness or what changes are you making?  I'd love to hear what works for you! 

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