Saturday, March 10, 2018

Essential Oil Resources

Part of what keeps me interested in using essential oils is the journey. The more I use them, the more I realize how much I DON'T know. Thankfully, there are some excellent resources out there and I have decided to compile some of my favorites into one place. My goal is to no longer hear anyone say that they have oils sitting in the box or on the shelf because they don't know what to do with them.

In an attempt to remedy this, here is a list of some of the most valuable resources I've come upon since January when I started my journey with Young Living Essential Oils.

1) An e-mail a day for 30 days from Jen O'Sullivan, "the oil lady to the oil ladies." To get these e-mails, go to --> Quick Course --> then click, "CLICK HERE" for the free 30 Day Intensive Course
* I created a new folder in my e-mail specifically for these so that I could go back and read. I have referred back to them often.

2) Jim Bob Haggerton, the crazy chiropractor from Texas. He is wayyyyy full of energy and I get distracted by watching him, but I like to let his YouTube videos play while I'm cooking or getting ready in the mornings. Just type Jim Bob Haggerton into the search bar on YouTube and his videos will come up. They are typically 15-30 min long, so.... good to listen to while walking or at the gym.

3) App: TheEOBar (Essential Oil Recipe & Usage Guide) also created by Jen O' Sullivan. Its $6.99 but worth it!

4) Jen O'Sullivan's Facebook Page: The Human Body and Essential Oils- You NEED to be a member of this one!

5) Jen O' Sullivan's book: French Aromatherapy: Essential Oil Recipes and Usage Guide. This one just came in the mail for me today and I'm going through it with my hi-lighter, cover to cover!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Road Rage

There are two kinds of people in this world. There is the kind who (A) has road rage and there is the kind who (B) gives others road rage. I am self admittedly, letter B. I am by by nature a mild mannered person and I tend to think the best of other drivers on the road. I rarely know where I'm going and I get flustered easily while driving so I assume that everyone else is the same way. Give me some grace, people. If someone cuts me off, I feel like they were probably late to a function, in an emergency, flustered, or didn't realize that they cut me off. After all, those would be my only reasons for being so rude on the road! If someone honks their horn at me, I take it so personally that I sometimes tear up a little. I'm THAT sensitive, people. It's true. I never intend any harm when I'm driving...sometimes it just happens!

This is the Vitality brand but it looks just like mine!

Segue into my favorite small luxury in life- the car diffuser. As much as I love my oils, my diffuser gives me calm, sanity, and happiness while I'm cruising around town. The brand I have is Nano. My sister gave it to me as a Christmas present 2 years ago and is still kickin'. Its SO easy too! I pop off the top and fill it with tap water, a few drops of oils, screw the cap back on, plug into my cigarette lighter- and poof! Car diffusion. My favorite car oil is Frankincense because its is really grounding and calming to me. I've also heard Lavender + Orange are really good for anxiety. Either way- a car diffuser is well worth the $10-15 it costs! Cathlin got mine on Amazon, but I recently saw one in TJMaxx for $10. Get one! Tell me what you think. 

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Weight Loss Trio

If you missed the last oils class, we went over some fat busters. Of course, using these oils and doing nothing else is not going to be your miracle. HOWEVER... combining these with healthy diet and regular exercise can surely help. I have not been the best in this area lately, but I'm regaining some motivation to start!

Here are some recipes I came across via my new oily friend, Tiffany. Hopefully she won't mind me sharing with you!

There are 2 different ways you can use these:

A) Make a capsule
B) Drop your synergy blend into your water

- 3 drops Lemon
-3 drops Peppermint
-3 drops Grapefruit
- Empty 00 capsule. top with carrier oil
-Take no more than two per day (one in the morning and one in the evening for up to 2 weeks at a time. Give your body a break for 1-2 weeks in between.
(Essential Oils One Drop at a Time by Brandy Jones Arnold)

Drink at least 100 0z of water a day. Create a synergy of your favorite 3-5 oils and infuse your 20 oz water with 1-2 drops of your synergy in a glass or stainless steel water bottle. ( I would the trio of grapefruit, lemon, and peppermint for this)
( by Jen O'Sullivan)

*Grapefruit boost metabolism, Lemon detoxes cells of fat, Peppermint curbs appetite and sugar cravings.

I've added Grapefruit to my next order so I will be making my synergy as soon as it comes in!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sleepy Time Roller Ball

My new thing is making roller balls. There are a million and one recipes out there. I made up my own for this one but I'm sure something similar is floating around on the internet. Here's how it works:

1) Take a used up bottle of oil, rinse it out and peel the label off. Lemon oil is great for getting the sticky residue off the outside of the bottle.

2) Drip your oils of choice into the bottle. I used what I had on hand which consisted of:

12 drops Lavender
10 drops Cedarwood
3 drops Patchouli
2 drops Orange

3) Swish the oils around for a few seconds to allow them to meld. Have the oils sit for 24 hours to form a synergy.

4) The next day, add a carrier oil (olive oil, grape seed oil, sweet almond oil.....any fatty kitchen oil) to your bottle. You can use a 50/50 ratio of essential oils to carrier oil, or add a bit more carrier oil to make your synergy to last longer. Snap a roller ball filament on top of your bottle, and voila!

Roller Ball Filaments

You can use this as you are getting ready for bed.  Roll on the bottom of your feet, on your wrists, behind your ears, the back of your neck...anywhere you desire..... and LIGHTS OUT!

One really great app for essential oil education and recipes is called TheEOBar. It's not free, but it's super informative and worth each penny of the $6.99 it costs.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Infused Hot Tea

With this winter being such a bone-chilling one, no matter how many layers I put on, I'm still cold. The only way I can warm myself up is from the inside out. Taking the hottest bearable bath is my favorite way to solve this dilemma, but at school hot tea is the next best thing. Not only is this tea warm, spicy, and cozy- but it is also great for your immune system. 

Try it and let me know what you think! Here's now: 

1. Squeeze your preferred amount of honey in the bottom of a mug. Try 1 Tbsp if you're unsure. I always use more than I should on the honey front.

2. Add
1 drop Thieves
1 drop Copiaba
1 drop Lemon

3. Pour in your hot water to fill the mug. 

4. Sip and breathe in the smell of Christmas.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Mascara Hack

The curse is upon me. I've started with a scratchy throat and a cough that I can feel going STRAIGHT to my lungs. Since I know RC (Respiratory Control) supports the Respiratory system, hence the name, I'm diffusing it like a mad woman and also rubbing it on my chest. I also just came across a throat spray recipe that I wish I could make right now but I'm currently out of peppermint AND lemon.... dying!!!

But here's the recipe if you are lucky enough to have all the oils currently in your stash:

10 drops Thieves Vitality essential oil
2-3 drops Peppermint Vitality essential oil
2-3 drops Lemon Vitality essential oil
3-4 drops Copaiba Vitality essential oil
1 1/2 ounces distilled water
2 ounce Amber Glass Spray bottle
Add all drops of oil to the bottle. Fill to almost full with distilled water. *Shake before each use.* Spray the back of throat as often as every 30 minutes.
Optional addition: honey to taste, 1/4 tsp salt.

On to the mascara hack: 
I recently read that putting lavender in your mascara can help grow your eyelashes thicker and longer as well as deterring eyelash mites (ew....but most of us have them. Just a fact!) 
-For 1/2 a tube of mascara, add one drop of lavender
-For a full tube, add 2 drops
You only need to do this one time for the entire tube! I recently did this with my mascara and I feel like it conditions my eyelashes and it also smells really nice. To have them grow long and lush would be a plus! I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Fox and Fig #2 + Oil Class

I'm on a Fox and Fig bender! I've been twice this month and I'm ready to go back with anyone who will go eat there with me! This time I took my Grama. (or ...rather....she took me.) This time I had the Bahn Mi which is: "Maple-Ginger- Tamari Glazed Seitan, Sriracha Mayo, Key Lime Ginger Pickled Carrots, on a Ciabatta bun served with Agave-Dijon Slaw." The owner recommended it so I took him up on his suggestion! Delish. 

I always bring a pouch of essential oils around with me to use while I'm out. I put a drop of Spearmint in our waters to jazz things up a bit and Grama's reaction was the best. She sipped it....her eyes got big....then she matter of factly stated, "Now, THIS is an experience." It is such a cool rush and a little less potent than my beloved Peppermint. 

Another trick I've been up to lately is making a flu "bomb" with my empty gelatin capsules. I pop one open, add a couple drops of Thieves, couple drops of Lemon, fill the rest with olive oil and ...voila! Natural flu deterrent. Some of the Flu Bomb recipes floating around online call for up to 10 drops of Thieves along with other oils that I do not currently have. I'm just doing the best I can do with what I have. A couple drops of Lemon and Thieves is better than nothing, right? 

Also, remember - I'm having and oil class at my house, this Sunday, 2:00. Let me know if you want in! I'm happy to have anyone who loves or wants to love essential oils! You're also welcomed to bring a friend. 

I plan on trying to host one once a month or so. If you can't make this one- there will be more!