Stop the Faucet

kleenexSo this was me for the past 3 days. Blowing my nose nonstop. Banned to the couch to sleep elevated. Desperate for sleep. Desperate to stop the constant running faucet on my face, that was a nice shade of pink, painful to the touch, and now covered with dry peeling skin. You know what I’m talking about. Oh it’s so miserable!

I was desperate to avoid using synthetic remedies. I don’t do that any more!! I threw them all out. I hate the side effects and possible harm to my body! Some of them gave me night terrors and left me feeling “high” for days! No joke! Personally, I don’t know why anyone would pay good money to feel that way, but that’s none of my business! ūüėČ

I did everything I could think of. I do use Young Living Essential Oils, and normally they help me return to normal rather quickly. But this time was different!

So… two Kleenex boxes and a roll of toilet paper later… it hits me… NASAL SPRAY! Normally I’m not one to use it because it always burned my sinus cavities terribly. I searched for a recipe to make my own! This is what I came up with.

I found an old saline nasal spray bottle (2 oz) of my husband’s, washed out of course. (You can get a nice nasal misting bottle at your local health food store or on Amazon.) I first added a pinch of Himalayan salt. Why? ¬†Well, the salt will help oils absorb better in the water solution and not sit on top of the water. You will still need to shake before each use though. Also, he salt to this solution will moisturize¬†the mucosa and supports its natural regeneration, making it more difficult for the bacteria and viruses to nest and develop into an infection. Why Himalayan salt? Because it’s REAL salt with the minerals our body needs. I do not recommend the useless white table salt for this recipe. (You may wish to research the benefits of Himalayan salt vs the pretty white table salt.)

I then added 6 drops Lavender, 4 drops Frankincense, and 3 drops Tea Tree oil – all of which help to support a healthy nasal and respiratory system, and can help with seasonal relief as well. Think spring! Next I topped it off with distilled water. You want water free of any impurities, especially since you are spraying it into your head!

Recipe below.

Let me just say this……… WOW! Oh. My. Word. My nose was doing the happy dance! Why did I not do this sooner!!?? I must be a glutton for punishment and suffering!! With the first use I immediately felt 50% better. BONUS: It did not burn! It was comforting and soothing. I sprayed again just before bed. I actually slept… with my mouth shut… and no need to stuff my nose with tissue to stop the “running faucet”! TMI, I know.

I learned the hard way. Don’t do that! Make this up and get ahead of it! From now on I’ll just spray once a day, every morning, as part of my morning routine. Think preventative maintenance. It’s smart, says the gal that went through all that!! <kicking myself still>

Oh.. by the way, Lavender and Frankincense are in the Premium Starter Kit! I would recommend purchasing Tea Tree Essential Oil as a future purchase.

LIGHT BULB!! This¬†just popped in my head! If anyone reading this blog post purchases the Premium Starter Kit through my link from now, 3/31/16 to 4/15/16, I will send you a bottle of Tea Tree Oil FREE! That’s a $34.21 retail value! You might want to jump on that before I rethink it! J/K! Killer deal, seriously! I just really want you to try this recipe! ūüėČ

Here’s the above recipe:

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The Vitality Line… it’s here!

 

vitalitylineI am so incredibly excited to tell you about Young Living’s new Vitality line of essential oils! They were created to¬†enhance the company’s essential oil offerings and expand usage opportunities and possibilities.

The new Vitality line of oils offers the same 100-percent therapeutic-grade essential oils Young Living has been distilling for more than 20 years. The line up of oils are listed below, which include 27 of¬†Young Living’s most popular essential oils in four distinct categories: ¬†Herb, Spice, Citrus, and Supplement, with plans to expand and add additional oils in the near future.

The 27 Vitality oils are in 4 categories are:

1. Herb Vitality dietary essential oils: 
4. Supplement Vitality dietary essential oils:

This Vitality line is intended for dietary supplement and culinary use, and provides the freedom to share and explore some of Young Living’s best-loved essential oils in a variety of nutritious and delicious applications.
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If you would like to get started with Young Living, please Contact Me Here!¬†If you are ready to jump in… that’s great!! I would love to have you join me and the amazing group that I’m in, that offers support, continuing education, online classes, webinars, and so much more! Click¬†GET STARTED¬†to order your Premium Starter Kit… which is 10% off for this entire month!

Enjoy Vitality, and add to your life!

My Salad Hates Me

So I went to a local Young Living class last night in a town not too far from me. They held the class at a restaurant. I decided to just get a salad from the salad bar… keep it light was my plan.

I chose spinach as the base and topped it with a few add ons… egg, onion, chickpeas, carrots, sunflower seeds, and a few croutons. Just a few! I drizzled about a large tablespoon of Ranch Dressing on it. I love Ranch! ¬†(I know… not the most healthy choice, … but it was better than pizza or a burger and fries, right?).¬†

Half way into this small salad I started to get some major discomfort in my belly, and by the last bite I was flat out miserable! ¬†I love salad… but it sure didn’t love me back last night! ¬†I don’t get this response upon eating salad every time, but occasionally. Was it the spinach? Any way… I was feeling so… so… gassy!! Ok, I’m sorry… but don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about! LOL! ¬†My belly instantly felt full and extended… and if it weren’t for my Spanx you would have thought I was 6 months pregnant! Oy!

Well let me tell you what I turn to for digestive system balance wellness, and comfort… Young Living’s fabulous Essential Oil blend, Digize.

Per Young Living’s website, “DiGize‚ĄĘ is one of Young Living’s exclusive and proprietary dietary supplements. This unique blend contains Ginger, Anise, Fennel, Peppermint, Tarragon, Lemongrass, Patchouli, and Juniper essential oils, and includes naturally occurring constituents like menthol, citrol, and zingiberen. Use DiGize with every meal, along with Essentialzymes-4‚ĄĘ (a supplement YL offers, equally amazing. We should all be taking a digestive enzyme by the way), to support a daily wellness regimen*.”

Ingredients: 

Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus)† leaf oil, Ginger (Zingiber officinale)† root oil, Peppermint (Mentha piperita)† leaf oil, Juniper (Juniperus osteosperma)† aerial parts oil, Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)† seed oil, Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus)† leaf oil, Anise (Pimpinella anisum)† fruit oil, Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)† leaf oil

‚Ć100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oil (I ONLY use YL EO’s! I did three months research before deciding on YL as my source of EO’s. Do your own research. Don’t settle for junk oils with chemicals and fillers! This is why YL is the only source for me:¬†http://www.seedtoseal.com)

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You should consider trying Digize. I recommend keeping it on hand when you are out and about. I especially love that Young Living now makes it available in the Premium Starter Kit, along with 10 other most commonly reached for oils, and more!

For complete details of the Premium Starter kit simply click this pic!

I can’t wear perfume anymore

Since I starting using essential oils a little over one year ago, I can’t wear perfume any more. I threw it all away, including all the Bath & Body lotions & potions too! (TOXIC!! But that’s a blog post for another day.)

I have noticed that my “sniffer” has changed it’s “smeller”… lol! Corny, I know, but seriously… I can no longer tolerate artificial fragrances, including most candles. Not bashin’ the candle-lovers out there! I was one too! But now they just highly irritate me and send my sinuses into orbit!

There were a few essential oils I could NOT stand when I was first introduced to Young Living. Over time I have realized that the oils I hated I now LOVE!! … or at least like a whole lot better! One such oil – Cedarwood. I cringed when smelling it and at that time agreed with a few people I know when they described it as “cat pee”. However, after reading in several essential oil reference books on the amazing benefits of Cedarwood… I kept trying it, mixing it with Orange EO or Lavendar EO.

Guess what…? I LOVE CEDARWOOD NOW! It’s deep and earthy, like fresh cut wood in a forest. I just adore it! I’ve heard it said that if you despise an EO you probably need it. I would say I agree with that.

So… what’s a gal to do about smelling good? What does one wear if they can no longer wear or tolerate perfume? Make your own!

I got these super cool green (my favorite color) glass roller ball bottles in bulk on Amazon. Click here to see the bottles I ordered. Good to have on hand to whip up all kinds of blends for many different needs! FCO stands for fractionated coconut oil.

Yes, I made my own fragrance today. I typically use Young Living’s JOY blend as my everyday perfume, which I ADORE, but I was looking for something different, something new. So I came up with this concoction.

I call it my “Feel Good” Fragrance. I know, not real original. I was in a hurry to label it as I didn’t want to get it mixed up with hubby’s seasonal mix.

I must say, it REALLY smells good! My 18 yr old daughter loves it too! And it’s so much more than just smelling good here too! Another huge bonus to using essential oils vs artificial fragrance!

I’d love to go into great detail on everything I’ve learned about each Young Living Essential Oil I put in this fragrant blend… but I’m not legally able to do so. I highly encourage you to get your hands on some good reference materials and look up the benefit of each on your own.

What I can say about each oil is this:

Ylang Ylang is extremely effective in calming and bringing about a sense of relaxation. It may also help with releasing feelings of anger and assist with getting rid of negative feelings. In addition, it has a long history in skin- and hair-care products‚ÄĒparticularly in Asia, where it is used to promote luxuriant hair.

Frankincense includes the naturally occurring constituent boswellic acid, and has a woodsy, warm, balsamic aroma. Diffuse Frankincense during meditation for grounding and purpose. Applying this oil topically may help smooth the appearance of healthy-looking skin, and is excellent to use for massage after activity. (Oh my, this description doesn’t do this oil justice! Please know that NOT all EO’s are the same!! Many are adulterated with synthetics, watered down, and not distilled correctly and the FREQUENCY is not at it’s highest, such as with Young Living’s. Do your own research!)¬†

Vetiver has a heavy, earthy fragrance similar to patchouli with a touch of lemon. Vetiver oil is psychologically grounding, calming, and stabilizing. One of the oils that is highest in sesquiterpenes, vetiver was studied by Dr. Terry Friedmann for improving children’s behavior. Vetiver may help when coping with stress and to recover from emotional trauma and shock.

Orange essential oil includes the naturally occurring constituent limonene, which aids in maintaining normal cellular regeneration.  Did you know that Orange Essential Oil contains 85-95% limonene? It has the highest level of d-limonene next to grapefruit oil! (A great topic to read up on!) Orange EO has calming effects and may be used for feelings of peace.

Use Essential Oils for perfume to improve your emotional and physical well being!¬†Imagine if you could wear (or make) a perfume (or cologne) that was non-toxic to the body¬†and actually could help you manage your stress level, or help you feel more confident. Well… you can make your own! If I can do this, so can you!¬†Have fun with this! Try different combinations. Let the oils speak to you!

*** update 7/2/15 – I added 5 drops of Ocotea EO for good measure, plus I love it’s fragrance… and it’s soo good for my body! … and… I had to make my daughter her OWN rollerbottle because she would not stop asking for mine several times a day! She says she’s addicted to it!

About OCOTEA:¬†Extracted from an Ecuadorian tree, ocotea has the highestlevel of alpha humulene of any Young Living essential oil, which is a compound that helps aid the body’s natural response to irritation and injury.* Ocotea also has natural cleansing and purifying properties.

Today’s personal care products, such as our soaps, hair goods and household cleaners, are simply synthetically made products¬†that further pollute our bodies and our planet!

Did you know that approximately 98% of the essential oils produced today are for the perfume industry?

Yes, so by simple math, that leaves 2% for medicinal or therapeutic use. Perfume grade oils are cut with solvents or distilled through a solvent extraction process to save time and money, so all their therapeutic effects are lost.

And this is why you will hear me say over and over… all essential oils are NOT the same! I did about three months of research before making my choice.

I would LOVE to be the one to share Young Living Essential Oils with you! To get started,¬†CLICK HERE! I highly recommend the NEW Premium Starter Kit! If you have any questions, please ask! If you’re ready… GREAT! Send me a message on my “Contact Me” page, and I’ll get you plugged into several resources to help you get started on your learning journey off Essential Oils!

My reference sources are: Young Living’s website & blog, Essential Oils Pocket Reference by Life Science Publishing, and Reference Guide for Essential Oils by¬†Connie and Alan Higley.

Disclaimer: Anything you find on my blog is for educational purposes only. It is NOT my intent to treat or diagnose any condition, nor it is a replacement for a diagnosis from a licensed medical professional. The opinions expressed here are of my own and not that of any company or organization.

It’s here, it’s here…

So… this box came yesterday…

I pre-ordered Young Living’s NEW Premium Starter Kit about a month ago, as it was pre-launched to their members only. Let me tell you… I am so stinkin’ excited!!

It’s beyond beautiful! Young Living really knocked it out of the park! The thought and design that went into this… the upgrades… this is THE most amazing collection!

So… let me show you what’s inside the box! … oooooooh!!¬†

Open the beautifully designed “treasure chest” and see 10 spectactular oils staring back at you! Oils included: Thieves, R.C., Purification, Peppermint, Panaway, Lemon, Frankincense, Lavender, Copaiba, DiGize, which are all wrapped in their fancy new vibrant labels with peek-a-boo windows and an open back to see your liquid gold levels!

Lift up the first layer and there’s like a secret panel below. Lift that.. and there you’ll find more treasure!

In the lower level of the box you’ll find a bonus oil of Stress Away… 2 Ningxia Red samples (Amazing Stuff!), 10 sample bottles to share your oils with someone, sample oils packets – 2 each of Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Thieves and Peace & Calming, a roller ball to use on an oil of your choice for ease of application (I placed my roller ball on my Panaway ), and 10 business cards.

Oh, and we can’t forget the Dewdrop Diffuser! Though I haven’t tried this diffuser yet, I have heard many wonderful reviews. I’ll be hooking it up today! All mentioned here for $160 plus S&H. WOW!!!

I promise I will keep you posted on the official release to the public date, which is supposed to THIS MONTH… the month of JUNE!!!!

I’d love to personally welcome you to Young Living! In addition to having the world’s leader in essential oils, you will have access to unlimited resources, private forums for discussion, extensive continuing educational classes online, local classes and support (if you are near Flint MI), a special welcome package with reference materials (from me personally), and more. You are never alone!! Support is key, and we want you to have confidence in using your essential oils… and you won’t lack in that area should you decide to come aboard with me.

I’ll keep you updated on the official launch date of the new starter kit. Come back here to order online.¬†ORDER HERE!

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My dog had a “episode”

RosiePosieSee this sweet dog. Her name is Rosie (aka Rosie Posie) and she’s been with us one year this month. Rosie is a purebred Australian Shepherd and she turned 10 yrs old this past January. Her previous owner passed away and the daughter worked too many hours and didn’t feel it was right for Rosie to be alone all day. It was a fluke that I came across the rescue post… or was it? I like to think it was meant to be! The decision to adopt a senior pet is one of the best we’ve ever made! Yes, that’s my plug for pet adoption/rescue! Do it if you can!

Back to what I was saying… yesterday Rosie walked, or should I say, wobbled into the kitchen and appeared disoriented and scared. I knew instantly she was having “convulsion” activity. We’ve seen this before. Over 15 yrs ago we had a retriever named Zeke that suffered from this. I’ve learned alot since then!

I instantly asked my daughter to grab my Frankincense Essential Oil. ¬†I don’t know if I applied it right, but it worked! I put several drops in my hands and rubbed it on her rear paws. Then as I laid on the floor with her I put my hand near her nose so she would gently inhale the oil fragrance. I had my hand¬†about 6 to 8 inches away as I know a dog’s nose is super sensitive. She tolerated it surprisingly well, in fact, I believe it calmed her down in addition to stopping the convulsing.

Why did I use Frankincense? 

Well, I’ve studied essential oils for a year now… the same length of time I’ve been with Young Living. Frankincense is known as “the big guns”. What a power house of an oil! I have several reference books and have studied at great length. I suggest you do the same!

I have many reference books. If you would like to know what books I refer to, please contact me.

And why did I apply Frankincense to her paws?

When essential oils are applied with pressure to the reflex (or vita-flex) points, electrical impulses are released. These impulses carry the essential oils up the nerve pathway and into specific areas of the body. This in turn releases energy to support the systems of the body. (Looking at this Vita Flex chart I now notice the spot  for application concerning the brain. Rosie got all points yesterday.)

Vita-Flex points work for us humans too! Have a runny nose? Apply a few EO’s to your feet, focusing on the toes! Crazy? I know! But it works!!

In my studies on Frankincense I have learned it is the Essential Oil of choice for any kind of brain disorder. What a fascinating oil that God has given us!!

Young Living Frankincense Essential Oil
Young Living’s Frankincense

Frankincense has a molecular makeup that includes sesquiterpenes, that are able to cross the blood/brain barrier. These sesquiterpenes stimulate the limbic system of the brain and other glands within the brain, promoting memory and releasing emotions. (This oil has also been a huge relief for me concerning my own emotional needs!) Frankincense slows down and deepens the breath.

The therapeutic properties of Frankincense oil are antiseptic, astringent, carminative, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, digestive, diuretic, expectorant, sedative, expectorant and more.

You can do your own research on Frankincense. Personally, I only use and recommend Young Living Essential Oils (YL’s is proven to be the highest frequency because of their Seed to Seal process! Essential oils are not all the same! Don’t buy that lie!) because of their integrity and commitment to purity. Visit¬†Seed to Seal¬†to learn more…. and you’ll see why I will use nothing but Young Living! “Seed to Seal” – It’s not just a slogan.

Young Living’s latest blog post about essential oils and pets:¬†Essential Oils and Pets: A Quick How-To

As for Rosie’s activity we witnessed yesterday… my plan is to apply the Frankincense a few times a week, maybe every other day… and wait and see. I’ll keep you posted as to if she has one again… or maybe she won’t?

Rosie – you are only 10 yrs old and we love you so much! ¬†We knew our time¬†would be limited with you from day one, but know this… we will do our best to keep you healthy so you can enjoy your golden years to the fullest.

My side kick

Young Living has a premium starter kit for $150 that includes the fabulous Frankincense Essential Oil!! …. and 10 other essential oils, a diffuser, and samples. The purchase of this kit will also open your very own wholesale account which will save you 24% off retail prices.

As of today, June 1, 2015 –

Young Living is having a Summer Kick Off special on the premium starter kit! While supplies last! Contact me if you have any questions! Click the graphic to get your kit!  I look forward to learning along side of you! KIT SALE