Oily Solutions Part 2

Oily Solutions for Your Skin Care Needs Part 2

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#7 Dry Skin

Dry skin is a nuisance, but you don’t have to suffer. A few tips to keep dry skin at bay is to skip long hot showers, as this dries out the skin. Try to limit yourself to 5-10 minutes. Use a gentle cleanser that has no soap or mild soap. It’s important to pat your skin with a towel after it is wet, that way you leave your skin a little wet. Apply a moisturizer within 3-5 minutes to lock in moisture, according to medicinenet.com.

These oils are helpful for hydrating dry skin: Clary Sage, Cedarwood, Lemon, Lavender, Myrrh, Gentle Baby, Geranium, Frankincense, Jasmine, Myrrh, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Rose, Roman Chamomile, Sacred Frankincense, Sandalwood, and Palmarosa.

Dry Skin Serum

2 Tb facial oil

10 drops each of Lavender and Rosemary

5 drops each of Hyssop and Myrrh

Add facial oils to an amber bottle, then add each essential oil, place cap on tightly and gently roll bottle in the palms of your hands. Use each morning and night, focusing on dry areas.

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#8 Oily Skin

A dermatologist will tell you that the most effective way to manage oily skin is to wash your face in the morning and at night. “Always use a gentle cleanser since harsh soaps can trigger the skin to increase oil production,” says April Armstrong, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at the University of California, Davis.

Linoleic acid has been proven, when applied topically, to reduce clogged pores by over 25% in just a few weeks when used daily.

Oils that contain the highest amounts of linoleic acid are

 

Oils to help improve oily skin are: Bergamot, Clary Sage, Cedarwood, Cypress, Frankincense, German Chamomile, Lemon, Lavender, Lemongrass, Geranium, Helichyrsum, Juniper, Melrose, Orange, Sandalwood, Tea Tree, Patchouli, Peppermint, and Rosemary.

Oily Skin Serum

2 Tb Facial oil

10 drops of each Geranium and Lemon

5 drops of each Rosemary and Juniper

Add facial oils to an amber bottle, then add each essential oil, place cap on tightly and gently roll bottle in the palms of your hands. Use each morning and night, focusing on oily areas.

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#9 Normal Skin

This is the ideal skin everyone strives for! Once you get it, here is how to keep it! Oils for maintenance are: Frankincense, Geranium, German Chamomile, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Neroli, Palmarosa, Sandalwood, and Rose.

Normal Skin Serum

2 Tb Jojoba or Sweet Almond Oil

10 drops of each Geranium and Palmarosa

5 drops of each German Chamomile and Lavender

Add jojoba oil to an amber bottle, then add each essential oil, place cap on tightly and gently roll bottle in the palms of your hands. Use each morning and night.

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#10 Combination Skin

Many people have combination skin, and there are a few oils that can help. As I am sure you have noticed many of these oils pull double duties such as: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Lavender, Geranium, Myrrh, Orange, Sandalwood, Sacred Frankincense, and Patchouli.

Combo Skin Serum

2 Tb Facial Oil

10 drops of each Lavender and Orange

5 drops of each Bergamot and Geranium

Add facial oils to an amber bottle, then add each essential oil, place cap on tightly and gently roll bottle in the palms of your hands. Use each morning and night.

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#11 Mature Skin

Mature skin needs special care, and these oils take exceptional care of mature skin: Clary Sage, Cypress, Elemi, Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Gentle Baby, Geranium, Helichyrsum, Myrrh, Neroli, Orange, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Rosemary, and Rose.

Quick History Lesson: Myrrh and Frankincense come from the resin of their respective trees. You may know these were two of the gifts given to the baby Jesus, ever thought about why? Many people were taught this was because Myrrh and Frankincense were precious and expensive. I recently heard an interesting theory, they were given to help preserve his body. Long before Jesus was born, both Frankincense and Myrrh were historically used as an embalming methods. So, why is this important to us now? Both of these essential oils can help “preserve” your skin, to help keep it looking young, fresh, and radiant!

Special Note: Don’t feel like you can dish out the money for Rose? That’s ok because Gentle Baby has Rose in it!

Skin Firming Recipe (Morning)
3 drops Tangerine
3 drops Cypress
Mix with any high grade vegetable

Skin Firming Recipe (Night)
5 drops Patchouli
5 drops Cypress
5 drops Geranium
1 drop Sandalwood
Mix with any high grade facial oil. Check out post #13 for which carrier oils best suit mature skin.

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#12 Sensitive Skin

Do you have sensitive skin? Sensitive skin needs loving care too! Wondering how to deal with it when it happens? Try: Lavender, Gentle Baby, Geranium, Frankincense, Jasmine, Myrrh, Neroli, and Rose.

Young Living actually has an entire line of gentle and chemical free beauty products! I had a hard time finding a face wash that either didn’t leave my skin overly dry or not cleansed enough. I just started using Orange Blossom Facial Wash two months ago. I put 1 Tbs. of Orange Blossom in a foaming pump dispenser and filled the rest with distilled water. I still have ¼ of it left, even after using it twice a day! You can even add a few drops of your favorite skin care essential oils into the bottle for an extra boost.

Check out the ART Skin Care System … https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/new-art-skin-care-system

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#13 Carrier Oils

The next two posts are very long post, but there are many carrier oils to choose from that will best suit your particular skin needs.

A carrier oil is a vegetable oil like coconut, olive oil, jojoba or grapeseed oil, that can be used to dilute essential oils, and helps to keep essential oils from evaporating too quickly. They are important for several reasons such as, to disperse essential oils to a larger area, protect skin from sensitizing oils, like oregano, a hot ois. A carrier oil does not dilute the effect of essential oils.  “When oxidized, carrier oils breakdown and form free radicals, which, left unchecked damage cells, accelerate the aging process and have a detrimental effect on skin,” according to Dr. Scott A. Johnson in his book Surviving When Modern Medicine Fails.

All oils should be organic and unrefined. Shop for carrier oils that have been cold pressed or cold expeller pressed. This indicates that the oil has been pressed from the fatty portions of the botanical without the use of added heat. The process can still generate heat due to the friction of the method, but cold expeller pressed oils are processed under conditions that keep the heat to a minimum. Oils that simply say expeller pressed have not been processed to maintain low heat levels. When oils are processed without cool conditions, the high temperature degree and duration of the processing method can harm the fragile nutrients in the oil. When using essential oils with a carrier oil, the essential oils drive the carrier oil into your skin. You do not want chemicals entering your blood stream. Remember to keep all of your carrier oils in a cool, dark place to prolong their shelf life. Sniff your oils before you use them and if any smell “off,” it’s probably gone rancid and it’s best to replace the oil.

Carrier oils have a shelf life of approximately 6 months, unlike Young Living’s essential oils. Keep your carrier oils in a cool dark place, as they are susceptible to oxidation and rancidity. You can keep them in your refrigerator, with the exception of avocado oil, which extends their shelf life to 9 months. Before use return them to room temperature.

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Post #14 Carrier Oils Cont.

General Safety Information: Use caution when trying any new ingredient, including carrier oils on the skin or in the hair. Those with nut allergies should consult their medical practitioner before coming into contact with nut oils, butters or other nut products. Also, if you haven’t used a particular carrier oil before, have all who will be using the final product do a small skin test to make sure they don’t have any reactions.

 

  • Coconut oil is a good choice for many things, such as the discomfort cream. It serves as a protective layer, making it the perfect base for any homemade ointment or skincare product, especially diaper rash creamand lip balm. Coconut oil is also absorbed quickly by the skin and moisturizes well. It is solid at room temperature, so if that’s not what you want your finished product to be, use it with another carrier oil. Otherwise, use coconut oil as a base. It can be drying to some people, so it is not a good choice as a face cream.

 

  • Vitamin E Oil helps repair damage done to the skin and keeps skin healthy. Vitamin E oil contains valuable antioxidants that help to keep the immune system up and improves circulation to all parts of the body, including the scalp. When added to homemade products, Vitamin E extends their shelf life. This oil rejuvenates and offers protection for the scalp and skin.

 

  • Shea Butter is full of vitamins including vitamin A, which is known to help blemishes, fine lines, burns, scars, and stretch marks. It is also nourishing, healing for the skin and soothing. It is a very hydrating for skin, but not to be used on the face. The scent is easily overpowered, meaning that you can add any essential oil you like to lotions containing Shea butter and the lotion will pick up the scent of the essential oil perfectly.

 

  • Aloe Vera Gel has been identified to be an excellent carrier oil. It penetrates deep into the skin layers quickly. This makes it a wonderful carrier oil for massage therapy, because of its powerful skin penetration property. “It is cooling, hydrating, rejuvenating, tonifying, and healing to the skin.” (S. Johnson) Aloe Vera oil can carry other products into the skin quite fast, like essential oils. It is good for all skin types, especially prematurely aged, sensitive, inflamed and dry skin. It is a brilliant moisturizer for the skin. It reduces tenderness, protects the skin from free radical damage, speeds wound recovery, reduces skin irritation, and provides minor sun protection. “It contains all eight essential amino acids; vitamins A and C; and the minerals magnesium, zinc, copper, and selenium.” (S. Johnson)

 

  • Jojoba Oil is good for all skin types, oily, acne-prone, combination, sensitive, dry or aged skin, and it is non allergenic. Deeply moisturizing. Rich in Vitamin E and fatty Acids:  Erucic, Gadoleic, Oleic. Reduces appearance of pores over time, superficial fine lines and stretch marks. Very similar to skin’s natural oils and mimics collagen. It balances the skins pH and sebaceous glands and natural oil (sebum) production. Technically a wax, not an oil. Low viscosity, thin, light texture, easily absorbed, non-greasy, non-tacky. Does not clog pores. Storage: Stores well, stable shelf life. Not prone to rancidity. Used to extend shelf life of other oils.
  • Apricot Kernel is good for all skin types, including sensitive and aging skin. A wonderful oil similar to Sweet Almond, but more suitable for sensitive and prematurely aged skin. It can be used liberally in most body care recipes. High in Vitamin A, and fatty Acids: Oleic, Palmitic, Linoleic, Linolenic, Stearic. Low viscosity, light texture, quick absorption. Suitable to use on small children. I like this oil for anyone who has large pores, as it does not clog them. Good shelf life, up to one year. Stores well, avoid light and excessive heat.
  • Avocado Oil is for sensitive, irritated skin, severely dry skin, fine lines, and aged skin. “Rich in monosaturated fats, lecithin, vitamins A, B, D, E, sterol, lutein, beta-carotene, and essential fatty acids.” (S. Johnson) High viscosity, thick texture. Highly recommended to those with sensitive skin, problem skin, and other irritations that require vitamin rich oil. The darker the oil the better, a light green oil means it is highly processed. Good shelf life, up to 1 year. If you’re allergic to latex, you may also have problems with avocado oil.
  • Evening Primrose Oil is one of the most expensive carrier oils. It is also very unstable and susceptible to oxidation if exposed to heat or air. It’s an abundant source of GLA, making it helpful with dry and scaly skin. It is also recommended for mature skin.
  • Sweet Almond Oil is for normal and dry skin. Sweet Almond Oil is expressed from the seed of the sweet almond rather than the bitter almond, has a faint aroma, and is very close to the natural oils found in the skin. It was first used by the Romans in skincare preparations Current uses are for chapped, irritated skin, and to soften fine lines. This is one of the most useful, practical, and commonly used oils. It is great for all skin types, as an acting emollient and is best known for its ability to soften, soothe, and re-condition the skin.  Shelf life is 12 months.
  • Grapeseed Oil is good for oily, non-cystic acne-prone skin, and sensitive skin. It is a non-allergenic, gentle yet smoothing moisturizer, and an astringent oil. Low viscosity, thin, very light texture, easily absorbed. Fatty Acids: Linoleic, Linolenic, Oleic, Palmitic, Stearic. Excellent for blending with thicker oils to lower their viscosity, lighten texture and help increase absorption. “Grapeseed oil contains the potent antioxidant flavonoid oligomeric procyanidin (OPC), which helps protect against cellular and tissue damage.” (S. Johnson) It has vitamin E which promotes healthy circulation, cell regeneration, the healing of wounds, and supports a healthy glow. Grapeseed is especially useful for skin types that do not absorb oils too well, and it does not leave a greasy feeling. Good shelf life, up to 2 years. Stores well, avoid light and excessive heat.
  • Olive Oil is good for dry, scaly, chapped, and mature skin. It contains essential fatty acids of Oleic, Palmitic, Linoleic, Linolenic, Stearic, vitamins A and E, minerals, antioxidant compound hydroxytyrosol, and proteins. Hydroxytyrosol is said to “prevent free radical damage to cells.” (S. Johnson) Extra Virgin is most beneficial. Medium viscosity, thick, heavy texture, may leave oily or tacky residue. Excellent shelf life, stable, up to 2 years. Stores well, avoid excessive light.
  • Rose Hip Oil is good for dry, weathered, dehydrated, mature, and damaged skin. Extremely high in essential fatty acids; Oleic, Palmitic, Linoleic, Linolenic. Contains Trans-Retinoic Acid, similar to the active ingredient of Retin-A. Contains Vitamin A and E. Ability to regenerate skin cells, reduces scars, stretch marks, fine lines, UV damage, sun spots, premature aging. Considered a “dry oil”, low viscosity, light texture, easily absorbed, non-greasy. Penetrates skin layers to hydrate and lock in moisture. Can be used straight from the bottle as a moisturizer. In the winter months of New England, I mix this with Safflower Oil to keep my skin hydrated. Good shelf life, up to 1 year, if refrigerated after opening. Should be kept refrigerated. Avoid light, heat, temperature changes.
  • Borage Seed Oil is a prized oil in skin care for its noteworthy essential fatty acid content, consisting primarily of the omega-6 EFA gamma linolenic acid. It has also been used with positive results for many different skin issues, such as dry, cracked, scaly, peeling, crusty, red or irritated skin, acne, and prematurely matured skin.  Furthermore, studies have begun to show that it may be able to be beneficial for treating and preventing a malady of conditions. Borage Seed Oil is expensive and is usually blended in a small (often 10%) dilution with other carrier oils. By their nature, essential fatty acids deteriorate quickly, therefore, goes rancid rather quickly.
  • Camellia Seed Oil (Tea Oil) Camellia Seed Oil, also known as Tea Oil, is cold pressed from the seeds of Camellia sinensis or Camellia oleifera, the same trees that render the leaves used for green, white and black tea. It offers good skin penetration. The seed oil is said to be rich in anti-oxidants including Vitamin E, essential fatty acids and non-essential fatty acids including oleic acid, an omega-9 fatty acid. Caffeine is a water soluble compound. Although tea leaves contain caffeine, Camellia Seed Oil probably does not. I, however, have not been able to verify this. Shelf life is 1-2 years.
  • Do not confuse this oil with Tea Tree Essential Oil. Tea Tree Essential Oil is a volatile essential oil with a strong aroma whereas Camellia Seed Oil is a vegetable (fatty) oil from an entirely different plant species.
  •  Hemp Seed Oil does not contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) or the other psychoactive constituents that are present in the dried leaves of Cannabis sativa. Hempseed oil has the perfect fatty acid profile, possesses many therapeutic properties and reduces irritation. Exceptionally rich oil, high in essential omega fatty acids and proteins. This oil has a pleasant nutty smell, deep green color, and absorbs well into the skin. It makes a marvelous cosmetic grade oil and because of its high nutritional value, it makes a superior quality dietary oil and one that can be used as a base ingredient for skin care recipes which require healing and regenerative ingredients. Unrefined hemp oil does not have a very long shelf life. The oil quickly goes rancid, unless it is stored in dark containers in a refrigerated environment.
  • Castor Oil natural source oil from castor beans. A hard and shiny oil found in most cosmetics that acts as a barrier agent and protective medium against harsh conditions and extremes. Very soothing to the skin when included into cosmetic applications. It is often used topically to help reduce discomfort, soothe irritated skin, and suitable for oily skin. Use with other carrier oils.
  • Safflower oil suits all skin types and is rich in nutrients like vitamin E and fatty acids. Safflower oil nourishes and conditions the skin and is used to treat dry, aged and damaged skin for it is easily absorbed. I particularly like this oil because on a hot day I do not look like I dipped my face in olive oil! I am predisposed to oily and clogged skin and this one does not contribute to those issues.

These are only a few of the many carrier oils you can choose from, not an extensive list. Check out the comedogenic skin graphic below to help you further choose a carrier oil that best suits you.

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Oily Solutions for Your Skin Care Needs

This is part 1 of Oily Solutions for your Skin Care Needs!

#1 Skin Care Routine

If we are going to talk about skin care we should start by talking about your skin care routine. Our skin is the largest organ in our body, about 16% of our body weight, according to BBC Science. It absorbs everything- good or bad. So, why not put something beneficial on to it. Young Living’s products are safe, chemical free and they provide a ton of skin care oils! Here are a few steps to do each day to improve your skin (there are others like exfoliating, restoring, refining, exercising, and clean eating.)

  1. Cleanse- Wash with a gentle soap at the minimum each night, preferably morning and night. Our faces collect dirt and toxins throughout the day, and at night is when our body and skin restores itself. So without washing our face at night our body can’t restore itself as well! Don’t have a safe face wash? Check out Orange Blossom Facial Wash. https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/orange-blossom-facial-wash
  2. Tone- A toner helps to further remove residue and helps to reduce pore size and tone skin.  If you don’t have a toner you like, check out the Art Gentle Cleanser. This toner smells great and leaves your skin soothed and energized. It removes dirt, grim and impurities, and cleanses your skin. It minimizes oil shine and pore appearance, which for me is huge! The peppermint in this toner helps to energize you and gives a cooling sensation.
  3. Spot treatment with oils- After washing and using a toner, I like to spot treat any skin issues I may be having.
  4. Moisturize- Can’t say enough about moisturizing! Want to keep your skin looking healthy and young, well this is the way to do it! Moisturizer helps to hydrate, support elasticity, reduce the appearance of fine lines, supports brightening and balancing skin tone. Young Living has quite a few moisturizers to choose from if you are in the market. I happen to love Sheerlume.
  5. Sun Screen- Don’t forget to apply sun screen as we don’t want any skin damage!
  6. Exfoliate- You should exfoliate your skin at least once a week. I love the Satin Mint Facial!
  7. Drink lots of water- We have all heard to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day, and maybe only successfully drink half of that. But here is the thing about water, it cleanses our system which is beneficial to our skin. Unlike our other organs, our skin is exposed to air which can dry us out. Without enough water our skin can become dry, lose elasticity, and more importantly vulnerable to germs! Drinking enough water can actually help to prevent clogged pores! Have a hard time reaching your water goal? Try adding one drop of Lemon, grapefruit, lime, orange, tangerine, or citrus fresh in a glass bottle or cup, and the next thing you know, you’ll be fully hydrated.

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#2 Lavender- I am sure you have heard me say this before … “The Swiss Army Knife of oils” but it’s true! There is nothing Lavender can’t do! Lavender contains powerful antioxidants that can fight against harmful toxins. How can you use it for skin? Here’s a list: non cystic acne, cuts, bumps, bruises, scars, fine lines, irritation, regulates production of sebum, speeds up healing, sun bitten, bites, tones skin, maintains circulation, regenerating, dry skin, normal skin, oily skin, combination skin, mature skin, and even sensitive skin. So, yeah Lavender is at the top of the list of great oils for skin care!

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#3 Frankincense “The King of Oils” supports and maintains skin health by reducing the appearance of sun spots, stretch marks, warts, scars, fine lines, and irritation! Frank helps to protect the skin cells, aids with non-cystic acne, reduce the appearance of pores, regeneration, and supports the strengthening, toning and tightening of the skin. According to the “Reference Guide for Essential Oils “by Alan and Connie Higley, “Monoterpenes help prevent and discharge toxins from your liver and kidneys.” Which clearly bodes well for your skin!

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#4 Manuka- Is actually a new product to Young Living. Many people told me it smells amazing, I actually disagree, I think it smells like wet hay. Regardless of its smell; it is an amazing skin care oil! How can you use it? It is good for stings and bites if used immediately to avoid itching and swelling. Helps relieve dry and flaky scalp, although I prefer Melrose for this application due to the inexpensive price tag.

But here is really why I love it, it helps old scars fade. I was in a car accident 20 years ago, and this little beauty has helped to smooth and fade that old scar. The second reason I love it, is it reduces the size of old clog pores. I’ve had these white bumps on my skin so long I forgot they shouldn’t be permanent. I apply Manuka neat to these blemishes, after I wash with Orange Blossom Face wash, and tone with the Art Refreshing Toner. Over the last few weeks I’ve witnessed my old blemishes get smaller! Previous to Manuka I had tried everything to rid myself of them. Can your face cream do that without burning and peeling your skin? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

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#5 Acne

Did you know that acne is the most common skin condition in the United States?  According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “Dermatologists know that letting acne runs its course is not always the best advice. Here’s why: Without treatment, dark spots and permanent scars can appear on the skin as acne clears. More women are getting acne, not just teens have acne. A growing number of women have acne in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond. Dermatologists are not sure why this is happening. But dermatologists understand that adult acne can be particularly frustrating.”

Tea Tree and Purification are two fabulous oil that used neat can help reduce the healing time of non-cystic acne.

Tea Tree– This may not be my favorite smelling oil, but it does wonders for all things skin related. It helps with dry and flaky skin and scalp, non-cystic acne, white heads, bite buster, after sun care, and itchy feet.

Purification- This oil smells clean and fresh, and brings clogged pores to the surface. A little dab neat of this oil helps to clean problem areas.

Here are a few more oils to help with your non cystic acne: cedarwood, geranium, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, orange, patchouli, roman chamomile, rose, rosemary, gentle baby and melrose.

Beyond just using oils topically, Dr. Scot A. Johnson in “Surviving When Modern Medicine Fails,” says you can take essential oils orally to help purify the blood. In an empty gel capsule put 5 drops of each oil: Geranium, Clove, and Grapefruit, and take 2 times daily.”

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#6 Day and Night Serum Recipes

Here are two great serums to help moisturize and keep your skin healthy!

Day Serum– In a 2 oz. amber bottle put 15 drops of each oil: Lavender, Frankincense, Geranium, Palmarosa, and Patchouli. Add 50 ml (approx. 1.5 oz.) of jojoba oil. Put the cap on tightly and gently roll in your hands to mix serum. Use every morning after washing and toning your face.

Night Serum– In a 2 oz. amber bottle put 15 drops of each oil: Sacred Frank, Lavender, Myrrh, Bergamot, and Geranium. Add 50 ml (approx. 1.5 oz.) of grapeseed oil. Put the cap on tightly and gently roll in your hands to mix serum. Use every morning after washing and toning your face.

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What I did that changed my LIFE!

I wanted to fill you in on how I got started with essential oils. I was researching oils after a friend told me about her success with Frankincense for her son’s nervous system. At this time in my life, I had a host of mysterious illnesses and was at my wits end. I decided to order Peppermint for my head tension and pounding during times of stress, and RC for my respiratory health. I was blown away at how quick my head was supported by Peppermint, and how RC relieved my junkiness. I didn’t need any more research. Four weeks later, I ordered The Premium Starter Kit, and haven’t’ turned back.

When I got my Premium Starter Kit, my health was failing. I was spending too many hours in the doctor’s office, with no help as to what was going to get me feeling better. I had been constantly sick with one thing after another, for three years! I saw doctor after doctor, who didn’t know what was wrong. They were either unable to help me or tried to fix me with medicine, that clearly had worse side effects than my mysterious illnesses. I was sick of feeling like a Guinee pig. I needed support for my health, emotionally and physically, because nothing was cutting it for me.

Enter in Young Living, I took control of my health. This kit was my last resort. My deteriorating health, was effecting my entire life. I had a 7-year old, and 4-year old, with no energy to go anywhere, to do anything, and was constantly sick. What kind of life was I creating for them? They saw a mother who continuously saw doctors, who complained how terrible she felt when they asked her to play with them. I saw what this kit could do for my family! It definitely could be a huge turning point for my health, maybe even life changing!

Once I started using the kit oils, I noticed a shift in my body. I immediately started getting the support I desperately needed for so long. I turned from feeling like an 80-year-old stuck in a 30 year olds body. To a 30-year old, who felt more like my 20-year old self! Before essential oils, I was in chronic discomfort from head to toe every day, with no end in sight. I wasn’t even able to lift the laundry into the washing machine; I was so exhausted! I feel better now than I did 10 years ago!! I am able to participate in life to its fullest! I feel well, and my doctors who I do see occasionally, remark at what an improvement I’ve made over the last two years (no thanks to them!) They are all amazed at what a turn around my body and brain have made.

Essential oils are not a cure, but a way to create wellness and abundance. So, what are some of the uses of the 11 oils in the Premium Starter Kit? I will break it down for you. Emotional wellness: relaxation, fear, courage, stress, anxiety, anger, irritability, the blues, embarrassment, frustration, grief, restlessness, creating joy, gratitude, creativity, self-love, and hope. Physical: wellness, discomfort, seasonal sniffles, nausea, uplift mood, provide energy boost, helps improve focus, lip sores, canker sores, coughs, sleep, cuts, bruises, foot soak, skin, hair, teeth, gum, and nail support, supporting cardiovascular, reproductive, respiratory, endocrine, nervous, lymphatic, digestive, urinary, integumentary, circulatory, muscular and skeletal system health. Home: cleaning everything from windows to toilets, freshening the air, laundry, dishes, fruit and veggie wash, purifying the air, carpet cleaning and freshening, hand soap, hand sanitizer, linen spray, deodorizing the fridge, freshen the bathroom, neutralize orders in garbage and shoes, gardening care, pet care, and cooking too! Honestly, there is almost nothing you can’t do with essential oils! The possibilities are endless!!

Two weeks after receiving my kit I knew I had to share these remarkable oils. I couldn’t believe the amount of everyday uses these 11 oils had in the Premium Starter Kit. It has been an oil revolution in my house! My skeptical husband is even on board! I slowly started emptying cabinets and draws, one product at a time. I now walk by entire aisles in the grocery store and have even stopped going to some stores all together! By simply starting with these 11 essential oils, I have created wellness in my life. That journey has turned into an oil obsession, a calling, and a passion to share them! Here I am two years later; I am happier, healthier, living an almost chemical free life. These oils and products have kept my family well. I have to tell you this, because I can’t keep these oils to myself! I am not telling you all of this for personal gain, but because I want others to feel as good and as healthy as I do! If you are ready for a change, let me know. I can help you by starting with small changes, that have a huge impact on your daily life!

Here is a sample of how I use oils daily and they type of things I use them for.

Morning:

3 drops each of Lemon, Grapefruit, Peppermint, 1 drop each of Cinnamon Bark and Ocotea in a capsule for weight management support.

1 drop of Lemongrass and Clary Sage in the above listed capsule, for cardiovascular health, joint support and supporting my reproductive system.

2 Omegagize3 liquid capsules to support a healthy brain, cardiovascular health and joint support.

I wash my face with Orange Blossom Facial wash, then use Art Gentle Cleansing Toner. Followed by Manuka used neat on any problem areas.

And finally I moisturize with Sheerlume, that has an extra 10 drops of Frankincense and 5 drops Manuka for an added healthy skin boost.

1 drop of either White Angelica, Geranium, or Bergamot to uplift my mood and keep my positive vibe going.

Afternoon:

One drop of Look into the Future, with one drop of Magnify your Purpose layered over the top, for creativity, positivity. and motivation.

One drop of Acceptance over my liver, with one drop of Grapefruit layered over the top for mood boosting and irritability.

2 ounces of NingXia Red with Pellegrino Mineral Water for general wellness and a natural energy boost.

2-3 drops of Lavender, German Chamomile, or Gentle Baby to settle me and the kids down before bedtime.

Thieves Household Cleaner- Spray down my counters or any other areas that need cleaning. I use a spray bottle from Target, put 16 ounces of bottled water and 1 ½ capfuls of Thieves Household Cleaner.

I also use a DIY room spray daily, that I change up every time I run out. Some combinations I use is Rosemary and Lavender, Geranium and Lemon, or Rosemary and Peppermint.

Night:

I wash my face with Orange Blossom Facial wash, then use Art Gentle Cleansing Toner. I will spot treat any problem areas with Lavender neat.

I moisturize with Sheerlume, that has an extra 10 drops of Frankincense and 5 drops Manuka for an added healthy skin boost.

2-3 drops of Dream Catcher diffused at bed time.

 

Are you ready to make a change?

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The Top 10 Young Living Products I Love

Top 10 YL Products I Love … and a Few I Don’t

Please research the correct use of each oil and product as this list is not all inclusive. Check with your doctor before starting the use of essential oils. Some of these oils do have cautions associated with them, that I did not list.

I wanted to cover some of my favorite Young Living products. Not every product works for every person, there is some trial and error involved; but these are some that I have found success with. These are the products I love and a few I don’t!

  1. Sheerlume– After doing an online Beauty School, I fell in love with this silky moisturizer. Seriously, this stuff is amazing! My skin is so much smoother after one week of using it. My make-up goes on much more even too! This moisturizer also brightens and balances your skin tone.

 

  1. Manuka- Is actually a new product to Young Living. Many people told me it smells amazing, I actually disagree, I think it smells like wet hay. Regardless of its smell; it is an amazing skin care oil! How can you use it? It is good for stings and bites if used immediately to avoid itching and swelling. Helps relieve dry and flaky scalp, although I prefer Melrose for this application due to the inexpensive price tag. I just tried it for my seasonal cough, and yeah no more excessive throat clearing, yay. Apparently it can also help to boost the seasonal trio.

But here is really why I love it, it helps old scars fade. I was in a car accident 20 years              ago, and this little beauty has helped to smooth and fade that old scar. The second                  reason I love it, is it reduces the size of old clog pores. I’ve had these white bumps on            my skin so long, I forgot they shouldn’t be permanently. I apply Manuka neat to these          blemishes, after I wash with Orange Blossom Face wash, and tone with the Art                        Refreshing Toner. Over the last few weeks I’ve witnessed my old blemishes get                        smaller! Previous to Manuka I had tried everything to rid myself of them. Can your                face cream do that without burning and peeling your skin? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

      3. Bergamot- Oh boy this is one of my favorite smelling oils. I could just sniff the bottle       all day and never be sick of it. How do I use it? I purchased it because it uplifts your                 mood. It has a sweet floral and citrus smell, that just makes me happy. I love to diffuse         it with lime to refresh and calm me, while creating a mood boosting atmosphere. I wear       this oil daily over my heart for the reasons above. But there is just so much more to this       oil. It reduces sebum production in oily skin, evens skin tone, fades dark spots, soothes       tired muscles, eases occasional stress, stimulates circulation, helps to maintain proper         metabolic rates, aids digestion, maintains normal immunity, helps to give hair shine, it       tones up the respiratory and nervous systems, and promotes a restful night sleep!                 Woah, what can’t it do? *Please note it can cause photo-toxicity when exposed to the           sun. Apply it in the evening to allow for maximum absorption or a place not exposed to       the sun.

 

  1. White Angelica- I bought this oil for psychic protection. I am also an intuitive psychic tarot reader, and it contains several oils with high frequencies. Because of the high frequencies it is a great oil to wear when doing any type of healing work. But why do you care about that? Oils with high frequencies raise your frequency too, meaning that you are happier and healthier. It contains Melissa, Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood, Myrrh, Geranium, Rose Otto, and Bergamot. Which promotes feelings of protection, security and guards you against negative energy. I put one drop over my heart and one drop across each shoulder. Oh, did I mention this oils smells fabulous? *Please note it can cause photo-toxicity when exposed to the sun. Apply it in the evening to allow for maximum absorption or a place not exposed to the sun.

 

  1. Geranium- I got this one as a freebie and oh boy is it awesome! Not only does it smell wonderful; it does a terrific job with relaxing the body and the mind. It is a power house when it comes to your skin. Egyptians used it for supporting beautiful healthy skin and so do I. It is helpful with non-cystic acne, smoothing fine lines, tightens and tones, and gives your skin a radiant glow, because it’s an astringent. I wear it often over my heart when I know a stressful situation could arise. It is also beneficial for occasional nervous energy and the blues. It supports circulation, helps to maintain proper function of hormones, and is a mood booster.

 

  1. Art Gentle Cleanser– This toner smells splendid and leaves your skin soothed and invigorated. It removes dirt, grim and impurities, and cleanses your skin. It minimizes oil shine and pore appearance, which for me is huge! The peppermint in this toner helps to energize you and gives a cooling sensation.

 

  1. AromaBright Thieves Toothpaste – Why do I love this toothpaste? Let me count the ways: it is an all-natural toothpaste specially designed and has no artificial or synthetic ingredients, including no dyes, preservatives or fluoride! It actually lessens tooth sensitivity and creates and unfavorable to harmful environment in your mouth so bacteria can’t grow. Look up the ingredients on this one and see why it’s so huge! I feel as if I just had my teeth cleaned each morning.

 

  1. Tea Tree– This may not be my favorite smelling oil, but it does wonders for all things skin related. It helps with dry and flaky skin and scalp, non-cystic acne, white heads, eliminates odors, bite buster, after sun care, itchy feet, supports respiratory system, and aids in clean teeth and gums (in small amounts as you should not ingest this.) It is also useful with unwanted pests, and household cleaning.

 

  1. Magnify Your Purpose- Again this oil smells so good! I picked this oil to help me stop procrastinating, help manifest my goals, be more creative, and bring about change in my life. It is stimulating, uplifting, motivating, supports positive thinking, helps you to seize the day, boosts concentration, and supports the nervous and endocrine systems. Think of this oil as what Dory (from Finding Nemo) should wear, it heIps you to move forward. Think “just keep swimming.” I wear this daily on my wrist, but you can also apply it over your heart, temples or thymus.

 

  1. Thieves Household Cleaner– So where do I begin with this one? It is all natural and has no harmful chemicals! It has replaced ALL my household cleaners!! It is a powerhouse, that cleans my entire house from top to bottom. It is a “concentrated cleaner with 100% plant and mineral based ingredients.” Bonus: it is also biodegradable, plus it complies with the EPA standards. I use this not only as a household cleaner, but as a stain remover, oven cleaner, sharpie remover, and spray it on the pad of my steam cleaner! You can throw a capful in the washing machine in a pinch, as well as the dishwasher. There is almost nothing this bottle can’t do! Did you know that the harsh chemicals found in most cleaning products can be seriously harmful to you, your family and your pets? They are actually considered toxins, that can disrupt your brain, reproductive and nervous systems, mess with your hormones, and possibly cause cancer, according to Dr. Mercola an osteopathic physician. For those reasons I am so thankful for Young Living. Bonus: if my child accidently drank this, I wouldn’t have to call poison control. Check out this article for more info on toxic chemicals in your home. Livingraditionally.com/comet-cleanser-powder-146-toxic-chemicals-in-your-most-used-household-cleaner-and-what-to-use-instead/

My Top Kit Oils

I thought it might be helpful for you to know what my top kit oils are too. So, here we go!

  1. Lavender– This truly is the” Swiss Army Knife” of the essential oil world. It supports all skin issues, helps to relax and calm your body, aids in restful sleep, aids in a healthy complexion, non-cystic acne, reduces the appearance of aging, aids in a healthy immune system, respiratory support, helps with nausea, it is uplifting, head unclogger, pollen buster, and freshens the air to name a few of its wonders. It is safe for all members of your family, from the very young to the old, and even your pets.

 

  1. Peppermint– It another a multi-functional oil that can quickly clear your sinuses to freshen your breath. Other uses are to uplift moods, provide an energy boost, helps foster focus, pollen buster, pest spray as ants and spiders especially hate it, lip sores, cankers, cough cream, support gastrointestinal system comfort/ indigestion, promotes healthy bowel function, promotes healthy gut function, it may also support performance during exercise, and helps to relieve other head issues. *Avoid during third trimester for pregnant women. *Use caution with children under 6.

 

  1. Frankincense– Before I started using Sheerlume, I used Frankincense in my face serum to help deter fine lines. I have been diffusing it lately to help lighten the mood, boost our immunity, and support our respiratory health. It is great for cellular health, emotional grounding, nervous tension and irritability, maintains equilibrium, and supports the nervous system. I have used this oil to not only calm down my tantruming child, but when I have that overwhelming sensation that life is throwing me a curve ball.

 

  1. Stress Away– I think the name says it all, but in case you need a clearer picture here it is. Helpful in extinguishing stressful situations, occasional anxious feelings, mild mood changes, coughing, relaxes muscles, freshens the air, can aid in a restful sleep, improves mental response, maintains equilibrium, offers a peaceful, relaxed, and calm feeling when diffused (especially during yoga, meditations, and prayer.) It also may help support the circulatory system. Taking a deep breath of your favorite stress-busting essential oil can literally break the stress response, gets the lymph moving, and oxygenates the tissues and brain!!

 

  1. Lemon– Is the third oil in the pollen busting trio (with peppermint and lavender it makes the ultimate seasonal trio.) I use it to detox my body, one of the best oils for this. I just add it to my daily water and you can’t go wrong! It also aids in maintaining a healthy immune system, uplifts moods, improves focus, helps improve brittle hair and nails, removes all things sticky and is a great to help with cleaning. You can put it on wool dryer balls for fresh smelling laundry without the harsh chemicals that are in dryer sheets. Citrol, an important component of citrus oils, has been extensively studied for its ability to stimulate thermogenesis. This means the extra calories you consume that are not needed for energy are turned into heat instead of stored as fat! It also helps prevent the formation is adipocytes. (Adipocytes specialize in the formation and storage of fat.) *Lemon and other Citrus Oils are photosensitive. Do not use on skin that will be exposed to sunlight for prolonged periods of time. *Please be sure to use glass bottles/cups with lemon as it will eat through the chemicals in the plastic.

 

  1. Purification– I mix Purification with a little coconut oil and smooth it down my throat when I feel a sore throat coming on. You can add a few drops to wool dryer balls or even a face cloth, and use in in place of dryer sheets to freshen laundry. I put a drop on a cotton ball inside of my closet where our dirty laundry goes. It always smells so fresh and clean when I open the door, no matter what I put in there! I’ve also added a drop to a cotton ball and put inside the toes of stinky shoes, my children’s a sports bags, and in the trash can. You can also mix it with baking soda to make a rug freshener. Needless to say, Purification has got covered on all things stinky from kitty litter to tennis shoes! I also rub a drop on my feet to keep pests away or use it neat on facial blemishes.

 

  1. RC– This blend contains 3 different types of Eucalyptus, Myrtle, Pine, Marjoram, Lavender, Cypress, Tsuga, and Peppermint. You have no choice but to breathe easier with RC! This is my go to oil during the winter months, when everyone is stuffy. I love the gentle smell when diffused, I find it very comforting when I am not feeling right.

 

  1. Thieves– This oil really is the dynamo of oils, there is nothing this bad boy can’t do! It supports healthy teeth and gums, taste great in coffee, freshens the air, you can make your own household cleaner and hand sanitizer, balances the solar plexus, cleanses negative emotions, removes stains from clothes and fabrics. It is immune boosting powers are amazing. Did you know that, studies conducted at Weber State University in 1997 have shown Thieves to have a 99.96% success rate against airborne bacteria? The bacteria cultures were sprayed in an enclosed area, and Thieves oil blend was diffused for a given amount of time. After only 10 minutes of exposure, there was a reduction of: 82% in Micrococcus luteus, 96% in Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and 44% in Staphylococcus aureus! Wow!

Least Favorite Products

Like I said at the beginning not every product or oil works for every person. There are a variety of reasons why someone wouldn’t like an oil, the smell, the way it makes you feel, how it reacts with your body, it is not being used for what it’s intended for, maybe you need to use it topically instead of diffusing it or vise versa, not using it at all or not frequently enough. Here are a few things that didn’t work out for me.

 

  1. Thieves Laundry Soap– I really wanted to love this one, as I am a huge Thieves fan. I mean you have to know what a dynamo Thieves is! Again what can’t Thieves oil help with? But the laundry soap left my clothes smelling funky after being dried. Several people told me I needed to continue to wash my clothes with it because it takes a while to get the chemicals off the clothes. Or that maybe I used too much. I used a very small amount with each load, we finished the bottle but unfortunately, the foul smell never came out of the clothes and they had to be tossed. I hope they tweak the formula because I liked this product minus the smell. I know many people who are in love with the laundry soap and it has never left an odor, we just weren’t’ one of them.

 

  1. Mastrante– This is probably my second most hated smell! I know if you have a large reaction you may really need that oil. But no way can I go around smelling like sour pickles all day! I bought this one because I read how great it was for your skin. I will never know because they smell of it was so distasteful I couldn’t even mask it! Instead of that I use Manuka (see Top 10 List #2.)

 

  1. Dorado Azul– Again, it was the smell that made me stop using this one. I can’t even put a name to how awful it smells. It is supposed to be helpful with the respiratory system. I tried it topically and diffused with other oils. No way for me to get past the smells, so I use RC instead (see Top Kit Oils List #8.)

 

  1. Eucalyptus Blue– One may say I have a super sensitive nose, it is so very powerful and strong. Even one drop made the entire 3000 sq. foot house stink like old dirty socks. Just can’t’ do it! Instead I use Eucalyptus Radiata, which has a lovely pleasant eucalyptus smell. It is also safe for children which is a bonus since I have two kids, who like to bring germs back with them from school.

 

  1. DiGize– Yes, you guessed it, my sensitive smeller is at it again. I have a 15ml bottle and trust me we use this one often! I often layer Peppermint over DiGize to mask the smell. If I am nauseous the last thing I want to smell is this oil. If I am really bad I use Ginger instead.

 

  1. Into the Future– Has Ylang-Ylang in it which is just not a smell I prefer. This oil is pretty fabulous and I just layer it with Magnify Your Purpose. There problem solved and I am a very motivated and happy camper, buzzing through all those errands that nobody wants to do.

 

  1. Release– This is a pretty intense yet excellent oil. I got it to help with negativity and irribility. There is a whole lot more this oil does, and you should research it to find out more about it because it is well worth the read. After several weeks of wearing it, it was getting harder to put on due to the earthy smell, even on my toes.  So, instead of wearing it, now I diffuse it with Lavender. I have to say it smells pretty sweet in the diffuser, a totally different scent than when it’s worn!

 

  1. En R Gee– This is another earthy scent; I was none too pleased with. It certainly does the job, but I just couldn’t get past unpleasant odor. I do not often wear this oil, but when I do I mix it with Peppermint, and apply it on my big toe.

 

So, as you can see smell plays a big role in how I use my oils. Everyone senses are different, and just because I didn’t like it, does not mean that you won’t either. Take Valor for example, I adore its smell. When I smell it, I smell wild blueberries (blue tansy and rosewood), but when my husband smells it he picks up on pine (black spruce) and frankincense. What scent are you able to pick up from it?

I encourage you to go out and experience each of these oils for yourself. No one is the end all – be all of what works for you. What works for me isn’t going to necessarily work for you. There is some amount of experimenting that must go on, in order to find the right fit for each person. Everyone is unique and made differently, so not every oil will work the same for each person!

Have questions, leave me a comment.

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Cold Sores: How Essential Oils Can Help

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Cold Sores: How Essential Oils Can Help

 

Cold sores are an unsightly nuisances that plagued me for most of my adult life. They were terrible and huge, I got two and three at a time on my face (not just my lips!) I’ve been using essential oils for over a year now and realized I couldn’t remember the last time I had one. I had two small ones when I first started EO’s and they were stopped in their tracks; when used Thieves on one and Peppermint one the other. I happen to prefer Peppermint for the cooling and numbing effect it has. After realizing we are in the dead of winter and I haven’t had one, it got me wondering. Why is that? My health has improved dramatically over the last year from using EO’s. Could this be a happy side effect? I set out to find the answers. My hypothesis was my stress levels were down, so less to feed the virus. Here is the research I came across.

 

 

Cold sore triggers

  • Emotional upset or stress.
  • Physical stress and fatigue, including just being “run down.”
  • Illnesses. This can include conditions like a cold, the flu or an upper respiratory infection.
  • Menstruation or pregnancy. For some women, cold sores are more frequent around the time of their monthly periods.
  • Immune system weakness or deficiency.
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How often do cold sore breakouts occur?

    • 5 to 10% of the general population experiences 6 or more outbreaks per year (Rooney 1993), with some people having as many as 12 or more (McCarthy 2012).
    • Most people probably have somewhere between “less than 2” (Rooney 1993) and 4 (McCarthy 2012) per year.
      • All told, somewhere between 16 to 38% of the general population suffers with these lesions. However, the number of cold sores that a person gets typically diminishes after the age of 35 years (Opstelten 2008). To the point where by their senior years, only 20% of people continue to experience them. (El Hayderi 2011)
      • Some individuals may have a genetic susceptibility to getting cold sores. A paper by Kriesel, et. al. (2011) reported that their team identified a specific gene on chromosome 21 (gene C21orf91) as the likely source for this trait, although the mechanism by which it has its effect is not understood. They have given it the name Cold Sore Susceptibility Gene 1 (CSSG1).“We decided to look for possible seasonal trends for when people tend to experience cold sores/fever blisters the most. Our chart below shows how often people searched Google using the key words “cold sores.” (We’re making the assumption that few people have an interest in this topic unless they’re looking for solutions for their own current problems.)” (1)
      • As you can see, this activity peaks during the winter months. That seems to make sense considering that it’s a time of year when people are often stressed (such as from a hectic holiday season) or exposed to environmental conditions (cold, wind, dryness) that can result in lip chapping. (Both are known as triggers for sore formation.) Some people are more prone to developing cold sores than others, especially individuals who are exhausted, sick or exposed to excessively cold winds, sun or    heat. (2)

        Essential Oils known to Combat Cold Sores (1)

            • Tea tree
            • Lavender
            • Bergamot
            • Rose
            • Hyssop
            • Myrrh
            • Geranium
            • Lemon
            • Eucalyptus
            • Chamomile (Roman and German)
            • Peppermint
            • Thieves
            • Melissa (lemon balm)DIY Synergistic Cold Sore & Protective Lip Gloss (1)Ingredients:
            • Lip gloss base:
            • This DIY lip gloss will protect your lips from future outbreaks while also helping you to heal any current cold sores.
            • 1 ounce white beeswax
            • 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
            • 10 drops jojoba oil
            • 5 drops carrot seedMake a blend of the following ratio:
            • Essential oil base:
            • 8 drops geranium
            • 8 drops tea tree
            • 6 drops german chamomile
            • 5 drops lavender
            • 3 drops lemonDirections:
            • Combine essential oils together. We’ll later add it to the lip gloss base.
            • Melt your beeswax using a double boiler (also called Bain-Marie method).
            • Once melted add almond oil, stirring as you combine.
            • Now add jojoba & carrot seed oils
            • Add 20 drops of your synergistic essential oil blend from above
            • Let cool and add mixture to a small circular glass container
            • Apply three times daily.

My  point with all this research was to find out why I dramatically has less to no outbreaks. Obviously, I believe EO’s have changed my life but once I started researching this I realized two things. My health has dramatically improved in the last year with help from EO’s. And the three oils I use daily have actually been preventatives in keeping the virus at bay. My initial theory was my stress level is down and therefore I am no longer triggering the virus. Yes, my stress is down and my immunity is up so therefore the virus is having a harder time breaking through. What I realized while researching is that each of these oils has Geranium, Bergamot, and Rose; three oils used to treat herpes! Also included in one is Myrrh and Hyssop. Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood is also in all three oils, one of its uses to calm and ground you. So again, I intuitively chose oils to help relax me, which in turn brought my stress level down and seemingly suppressed the virus. I am not saying you should use these oils to prevent cold sores, I am saying that daily use of EO’s helped me to regain my health. You will have to do your own research to see which oils can best help you in your own unique situation.

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Daily preventative measures helping, even if I didn’t know that when I chose to use these oils daily. EO’s are adaptogenic, meaning EO’s adapt and change depending on what your body needs! EO’s can do this because they are natural, unlike medicine. That is why you will often read each body is unique and responds differently to an essential oil than someone else. Your body takes from the EO what it needs and no more, because the EO is trying to bring your body into balance. This is why I often list many oils to help with certain issues. Sometimes you may have to find the correct oil for your body.

I use two to three oils on a regular daily basis; Dream Catcher diffused at night, Magnify Your Purpose on my wrists, and on most days White Angelica over my heart. I honestly use more than this depending on the day and my situations, but these are my mainstays.

Teeth, Animated. animated-teeth.com/cold_sores. animated-teeth.com. [Online] 2000-2016.

Loren. essentialoilsanctuary.com. [Online] June 2, 2015.

Winter Hand Help

This time of year my hands are cracked, dry, and old looking. Enter essential oils and I have my Summer hands back! Today I whipped up a new batch of Spearmint Green Tea Hand Scrub and I thought I would share it again with you. I can’t say enough about the healing properties of essential oils!

This recipe is super simple to make and it makes your hands feel luxurious. The spearmint essential oil helps with circulation, lemon helps to brighten and cleanse, sugar sloughs off dead skin, olive oil helps to moisturize and protect against the cold temperature,  and green tea to help with signs of aging. Old Man Winter

Wonders of Pine EO

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I recently ordered a few staple oils, and along with it came Pine. I was surprised because I hadn’t ordered it and it wasn’t a promo item. I called YL’s customer service and it was indeed a mistake. Bonus they let me keep it!

So now I have an oil and have no idea what to do with it. After doing some research I found it was good for a variety of uses in my household.

Here are few I found! Pine EO is should not be used internally! Topically it is great for occasional discomfort of joints and muscles. Please dilute as this is a a potent oil. It can also aid in the clearing of the lungs. It works to break mucus. You could add a few drops to organic unrefined coconut oil to make a vapo rub. If you decide to put it in your diffuser start with one drop to see how you react to it. You can always add more later.

Apparently due to Pine’s strong cleansing abilities it is very useful for many skin conditions like acne, athlete’s foot, boils, and itchy. It is also useful in ridding yourself (or loved one) of lice and dandruff!

It can also be helpful in energizing and stimulating to the body and mind. According to globalhealingcenter.com,

“Essential pine oil should be used with care, as it is very powerful. If left undiluted, it may irritate skin and mucous membranes. Internal consumption may be hazardous to human health.

Usage for Essential Pine Oil
Add 4-6 drops of undiluted pine essential oil to warm bath water or dilute at 50/50 ratio with organic coconut oil or olive oil and apply to chest for respiratory distress. You can also put it in aromatherapy diffuser.”

So, clearly this was a score for me! Thank you Young Living for letting me keep this little bottle of magic.

Sleep Cream

My 8 year old daughter is going through this lovely phase I am calling tween syndrome. One day it was puppy dogs and rainbows, the next it was Instagram and posters of teen heart throb Cameron Boyce. She is testing boundaries and my patience. 😥

She announced this week she will no longer be using her diffuser and wants it promptly removed. She was rearranging her room and discarding her “baby” toys. I had no problem removing all things Frozen related, but there was no way the diffuser was going. After a small battle a compromise was made, it was just placed as far away from her bed as possible!

Neither of my kids are great sleepers, and prefer me to hang out in their rooms until they are asleep. I have no problem with this, knowing some day soon they will no longer require my presence. Tonight being the last night if Christmas vacation she had a tough time falling asleep. I patiently waited as she tossed and turned. After 15 minutes of I can’t go to sleep, I casually asked, “want the sleep cream?” Yes, she replied. Oh thank heavens I thought! I quickly grabbed my premade roller and applied it to her back. “How long will it take,” she asked? A few minutes was my reply and no more than 3 minutes later she was out! I would have given it to her earlier but I wanted her to bed ready to accept my help. Either way, I love these oils!!

Sleep Cream Recipes

Calm Kids Roller

5 drops each of Cedarwood, Lavender, and Valor, 3 drops Vetivier and remainder of a 5  ml bottle with carrier oil of your choice. I used Apricot Kernel oil. Optional: 5 drops of Peace and Calming

Sleep Roller Recipe

10 drops of Lavender, 7 drops of Peace and Calming, 5 drops Cedarwood, 2 drops Valor and top off 10 ml roller bottle with carrier oil.

Other oils to aid in a restful night sleep: Gentle Baby, Sleep Essence, Tranquil Roll on, RutaVala Roll on, Valerian, Roman Chamomile, German Chamomile, Bergamot, Sandalwood, Orange, Harmony, Dream Catcher, Stress Away, Clary Sage, Marjoram and Patchouli.

 

 

Why I love Black Pepper EO

black pepperDue to a chronic autoimmune issue, my hands are like ice cubes all winter! This month Young Living had an unprecedented Essential Reward special. One of those specials was Black Pepper EO (essential oil.) I wasn’t sure exactly how I would use this one. Well, low and behold someone in my oil group posted how black pepper can help keep your hands warm! I added a few drops of black pepper to a teaspoon of unrefined coconut oil. And rubbed my hands together. It is not instant warming, but certainly works rather quickly. I think this is going to be a much warmer winter for my hands! If you decide you like the mix, you can make a larger batch. I would say 2 ounces of coconut oil to 10-15 drops of black pepper eo.

After some research I found that black pepper is rich in antioxidants and can aid monthly cramps, muscle cramps, stimulates the digestive system, helps reduce the appearance of aging, can aid in prohibiting gas, a diuretic, aids in a healthy immune system, and helps to cleanse the intestines. Emotionally it can help with seeing things with clarity and honesty. Diffused it can soothe occasional anxious feelings or increase energy. But for me the best part is it is warming, stimulating, supports normal joint health, and promotes circulation.  Please do not ingest in high quantities as it could cause uneasiness, unrest, vomiting, irritation to the intestines. And keep it away from children, and if you are pregnant or nursing consult your doctor.

Black pepper blends well with Frankincense, Lemon, Fennel, Lime, Grapefruit, Lavender, Coriander, Sage, Geranium, Sandalwood, Ginger, Clove, Ylang-ylang, Clary Sage, Peppermint, Wintergreen, Cinnamon, Bergamot and Juniper.