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Do You Wax?

Bring Your Oils With You

QUICK TIP:  Eyebrow waxing is on my to do list on a regular basis. One of the things I used to dislike about the whole process was the raw, irritated skin afterwards. I also used to get these little whiteheads pop up the next day on the freshly waxed skin. I decided to bring my oils with me to the salon and asked my stylist one day to replace the white soothing cream that she was using with my oil. The result? No more little whiteheads and skin that was less irritated!

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The first round I tried Melrose and really loved the soothing effect. Melrose has a blend of rosemary and melaleuca alternifolia in it. The next time I was out of Melrose and brought Lavender with me. Lavender burned a little, but I chose it for it’s benefits on the skin. Around Christmas time, I chose Myrrh for the same beneficial effects and it was bit sticky on the skin, but overall soothing. Last week I tried Melaleuca A, (tea tree) and I loved it! It gave me that cooling sensation on the skin that I was looking for.

So don’t be afraid to experiment with your Young Living oils and bring them with you!  Your brows will thank you!

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Please feel free to email me ddeirdre (at) yahoo (dot) com and we can chat if you are interested in purchasing essential oils or just want to try a free sample.


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Lavender: The Swiss Army Knife [part 2]

To Read Part 1 click here.

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~Just to Just to review, you can use Lavender for:

-minor burns in the kitchen
-sun burns
-antihistamine responses on the skin
-bug bites and stings
-dry skin
-blemishes
-diaper rash
-antibacterial uses including scrapes and blisters
-anti-fungual uses 

I also promised to tell you my suspicions about how his feet got this bad! I think it’s important to treat the skin on his feet but even more important to try and prevent this from happening again. So I started looking for clues and honed in on the gym that he works out at. Why the gym?

My best guess is that this is a reaction to the chemicals that the showers at his gym are being cleaned with. Within the past month, he has increased his workouts to 5x per week. This means he gets up at the crack of dawn and sweats his butt off. Then he SHOWERS every single morning before leaving to go to work at the gym. It’s literally the only place that he is barefoot during his day. My first clue was the fact that neither the kids nor I had anything similar going on with our feet. This ruled out our home as the culprit. I also brainstormed all of the places he is shoeless and that list is quite short. We’ve decided to buy him some shower flip flops to see if we can prevent this. 

Since becoming a member of Young Living, I have learned the importance of protecting our feet. Why the feet? Because they have the largest pores in the body, which also means they are the largest receptor sites for anything that our feet come into contact with. This is why we recommend slathering the oils all over the bottoms of the feet! The oils will be absorbed, through the large pores and be delivered throughout the body within 24 minutes.

This also means that anything negative, that we don’t want inside our bodies, should be avoided in places like our showers, our kitchens, our floors and our lawns. Yes, our lawns! I’m very persnickety about how many days need to pass before I will let my kids play on our lawn after it has been sprayed. We absorb all of the household chemical cleaners through our skin as it is the largest organ in the body, and most often through our feet. This is also the reason behind the Thieves household cleaner. It’s ingredients are safe enough to drink, and more than safe enough to absorb through the pores on the feet. I use it for everything in my home minus the windows and laundry detergent and it’s highly concentrated so a little goes a long way. If you love the smell of Thieves oil, this smells the same as it has the same essential oils in it to kill viruses and bacteria from your household surfaces. Thieves cleaner
 
If the flip flops don’t work at prevention, I may just donate a bottle to the gym owner. 

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Lavender: The Swiss Army Knife [part 1]

Today I want to highlight Lavender oil. I think sometimes this mighty little oil gets overlooked because of it’s simplicity. It is one of the everyday oils in the starter kit and it doesn’t bring a lot of pizzaz but it does bring a lot of options to the table. Lavender is nicknamed the Swiss Army Knife for a reason. It’s so versatile! I often overlook it and I want to bring it back to the forefront today.

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These were my husband’s feet two weeks ago. He randomly complained about it one night before bed and when I looked at it, I gasped. He had no idea it looked this bad. It was cracked, itchy and bleeding. His other foot had similar symptoms, but it wasn’t as bad. I immediately got my oils out and applied Lavender and some coconut oil. Coconut oil is also anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. I had no idea what I was dealing with, but I figured the Swiss Army knife would be the best option. Coconut oil acts as a carrier oil, and can be applied to dilute the oils, but what it is really doing is slowing down the absorption rate into the skin.

When you are dealing with skin issues, this is a very good thing because you want the oils to sit on the skin as long as possible before soaking in.

I alternated applications of Lavender and Myrrh essential oils along with coconut oil and some body butter cream that has lavender and rosemary in it. I figured the skin needed to be nourished and hydrated, along with healed.
This is just one story about the power of Lavender and I hope you won’t overlook it as I often do!3575
This also brings up a good talking point- most people think they need all of the oils in the entire collection, and if they don’t have the exact right one, there is no substitute. The oils can be substituted for each other. It is true that they each have unique properties because they come from different plants, but they do overlap in chemical constituencies often. Buying an essential oils book will help you learn the chemical constituencies of each oil.
Also- you really do have everything you need in the Premium Starter Kit. It is stocked in that way as to allow you to have all of the major components for health and wellness.
This also bring up another good talking point- how did my husband’s feet get this way in the first place? We will discuss that in the next post!

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Killing Head Bugs With Essential Oils

You know that dreaded feeling; the moment you realize your child has a head full of bugs. Ahhhh! I secretly wished that we would be able to dodge that bullet as a family, like entirely. I mean, I wash my kids’ hair for goodness sake! How did this happen? killing lice with essential oils
Well, regardless of how clean we think we scrub their heads, it turns out bugs like a clean head. Go figure. This is what I found crawling through my four year old’s head. I could see it as I sat next to him eating my dinner. Nice right? In traditional mamma monkey fashion, I instinctively picked it off his head and started combing for more. When I found the second and third one, I started freaking out which led to a swift buzz cut.12485_10154347645530273_6653311468769641878_n
After we removed all of the live adults, I felt a bit better, but then it dawned on me that they lay eggs. Oh geeze! I didn’t have the first clue how microscopic those little devils could be, or how long it would take to kill them. (Newbie here.) As my husband turned to Facebook for advice, I turned to my Essential Oils Desk Reference; the encyclopedia of oils. Thankfully, there is a protocol and I had most of the oils listed for bugs. That’s when I started feeling some relief. I didn’t have to run to the store and buy a special shampoo, I already had an arsenal on my counter-top. AND, I didn’t have to worry that I was soaking my four year old’s brain with hazardous pesticides.

“The most common remedy for lice is lindane, (gamma benzene hexachloride), a highly toxic polychlorinated chemical that is structurally very similar to hazardous banned pesticides such as DDT and chlordane. It is so dangerous that Dr. Gary Sansfacon, head of Quebec Poison Control in Canada has requested that lindane be banned.”

 

What I appreciated about our Facebook community was that no one suggested we use the bug shampoo. Either they understand my level of crunchiness, or they understand the caution when using pesticides. Either way, they all had some really helpful solutions that were all natural and easy. Things like:

  • Running the stuffed animals through a hot dryer cycle
  • Put all of the bedding and pillows in a trash bag. Squeeze the air out and tie it tight. Leave this for a few days to suffocate the vermin.
  • Mayonnaise or Coconut Oil all over the head will suffocate them
  • Tea tree shampoo
  • Vacuuming the car and the cloth seats
  • Boiling all of the hair brushes and combs
  • Treating all members if the family (infested or not)
  • And the best- BUZZ CUTS
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That flower pot sitting on the mattress is my diffuser from Young Living. It pumps essential oils and water into the air and can cover up to 1000 square feet.

Basically, I did all of these things, with the addition of essential oils. I vacuumed the car and then sprayed the cloth seats with oils. I also coated my sons’ heads with coconut oil and essential oils for the following 5 days. I ran my diffuser, (essential oils and water) in their bedroom to disinfect the mattresses. Only one son was infested, but they share a room so I treated both boys.

So which oils did I use? The Essential Oils Desk Reference recommends:

  • Melaleuca Alternifolia- otherwise known as tea tree oil. I didn’t have this single oil, but I did happen to have Melaleuca in a blend called Melrose.  3378

Melrose also contains rosemary, clove and Niaouli.

I keep this on hand for blemishes, skin conditions and ear aches. It’s also very effective for killing bugs!

 

 

  • Lavender- known as the Swiss Army knife of oils. It covers just about everything3575.

Outdoor sneezing, all skin conditions, rashes, bug bites, minor burns, & sleep aid!

 

 

 

  • Geranium- I didn’t have this single on hand, but I did have the blend called Joy.3372

Joy has 10 singles in it, including geranium. It’s included in the Starter Kit and is commonly used to combat feeling blue. When you know what’s in your bottles, blends are helpful because more than likely you will already have what you need.

 

  • Cinnamon & Rosemary- these oils are combined in the blend called Thieves.3423

This blend is highly effective against viruses and bacteria of all sorts. I did dilute it with coconut oil when I applied it to my son’s head so that it wouldn’t burn.

Click here to read more about what Thieves did for my family.

Other essential oils listed: peppermint, nutmeg, & thyme. I didn’t have any of those, but I trusted that the ones I did have were enough. After I applied the oils diluted with coconut oil, I covered our heads with shower caps. For the first night, we all slept with this mixture and the shower cap on our heads. For the following days, I applied the oils during the day, 3-5 times per day.Lice2 Lice1He wasn’t overly excited to wear the shower cap, but once we all were fashionably sporting one, he warmed up to it.

After 3 days of treatment, all of the little eggs were gone. They turned black and died. I did have to pick them out one by one in mamma monkey fashion, but it felt good to know they were dying. On day 3, my good friend came over who is an elementary school nurse to check all of our heads. She didn’t find any eggs on anyone’s head. Success!  I have heard of stories where it takes weeks to get rid of head bugs, but not with the oils.

As the new school year approaches, I’m planning on stocking up on my oils. They are multifunctional and for me, it’s a no-brainer. I also have started thinking along the lines of prevention. There’s a few stories about kids attending parties where everyone walked away with head bugs except the ones with lavender on their scalps. It’s a natural deterrent, and Young Living makes a wonderful lavender shampoo. Perfect for the upcoming school year!5100 If you are interested in purchasing some for your family, feel free to send me an email and we can chat, or you can use my online order form. YL_ID_alt_full_color

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Sneezing, Itching & Essential Oils

Springtime irritants are a big deal at our house. Each year as Spring hits, my husband and I have the same disagreement over the open windows. I love to smell the fresh air, and let in the outdoors to feel the gentle breezes, but he has a reaction to the outdoors, and prefers the house to be locked up tight. Everyday, when I sneak in my open window time while he’s away, he always asks me after work if I had the windows open because his body can tell. It’s a loosing battle, as 4 out of the 5 of us have serious seasonal issues with the outdoors. Hundreds of dollars spent on medications, tissues, and indoor activities (movies) to escape the sneezing, itching, watery eyes drama. This year I plan to take a new approach for relief.3575 3578 3614The Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint recipe bomb. I have read testimony after testimony of these 3 oils working together to bring full relief of sneezing, itchy, watery eyes for others and I am so excited to test it out on my family in a few weeks.

Simply fill a vegetable capsule with 3 drops of each Young Living essential oil and ingest as often as needed. I did some math on the recipe bombs vs. the over the counter meds and here’s what I found:

15 ml bottles of  Lavender + Lemon + Peppermint = $74.00  Vegetable capsules = $10.00

For $84 you will have 84 recipe bombs to combat springtime ($1 per capsule)

For most suffers, this cost is approximately equal to what over the counter brands cost. Add in the cost of tissues, eye drops and nasal sprays and it is well worth the investment. The best part about essential oils is that you do not need to worry about over dosing. I often find my meds stop working and I’m wishing I could take two doses during a highly effected  week. Most of the testimonies that I have read stated that after a 2 week regimen of recipe bombs, people were able to stop using the essential oils altogether or decrease in frequency. This is good news for sufferers.

And for kiddos who can’t quite swallow a capsule, all of these oils can be applied externally for the same benefits. Swipe lavender inside the cheeks and nostrils to alleviate symptoms. Also try applying the oils to the vita flex points on the bottom of the feet. Oils can be added to a teaspoon of honey to be taken internally, or passed through a diffuser for aromatherapy benefits.

I plan on posting an update in a few months to follow up this post to let you know how it has worked for us. If you would like to stock up your medicine cabinet before the Spring season hits, please consider using Young Living oils. They are the only brand I will endorse for internal usage as they are 100% pure, therapeutic grade oils. As always, feel free to email me with any questions, or to try a sample!

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