Do You Wax?

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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 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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How To Travel With Essential Oils

A Spring Break getaway is in the near future for the Hopkins family. Fun! As I’m strategically thinking through what to pack, I realized that I’ve never traveled with my essential oils before, so that presented a new challenge for me.

 

What to bring?

It would be really awesome to just bring the whole collection, but I worry I would accidentally leave them in the hotel room and cry on my 8 hour trip home. Plus, it’s not really practical to bring that many oils so I want to choose the ones that are most versatile.
I’m choosing:
Thieves– duh! To fight off all of the germs we normally come into contact with in hotel rooms and rest stops, this is my first choice. Thieves spray or hand sanitizer would also be good traveling companions.
Lavender– often referred to as the Swiss army knife of the oils. It is the epitome of versatile, handling anything from spring time allergies to cuts and scrapes on the play ground to sleep and relaxation. 
Deep Relief– for any pain that we may encounter along the way. Sure, we can always stop by a pharmacy to buy an Advil but I prefer this. Headaches, sprained ankles, sore muscles; it does it all.
DiGize– for all of the digestion issues that normally come with traveling. We will be eating out for 100% of the time, which means introducing foods to the body that we don’t normally consume. Gas, bloating, constipation; this is a must for travel.
Depending on how people are feeling the day before we leave, I might throw in one or two more for specific concerns. R.C. for stuffy noses, or Frankincense would be a good one too. I may consider bringing my personal sleep mix to guarantee a good night’s rest. (Vetiver + Cedarwood + Lavender)
 
46833318I’m also planning on bringing my diffuser and Citrus Fresh specifically for the hotel room. Using it while we are in the room will help to keep the air fresh. (You know that damp, dewy smell that happens in hotel rooms when you use the window unit.) My first choice would be Purification but I’m all out of that oil currently. Purification would ease my mind of bed bugs and surface germs because it has citronella and lemongrass in it. And here’s an important point; just because you don’t have the exact essential oil for a situation, find something similar and use it! Using the “wrong” essential oil will not harm you.
To diffuse during the 8-hour car ride, we can use cotton balls. You drop oil on the cotton ball and then stick the cotton balls in the vents. Peace and Calming or Stress Away? We don’t want to put the driver to sleep!
How to Pack Them?
My oils will be packed in a small make-up bag. Something that is lined, padded and closes tightly around them leaving little give will work. The main idea is that you do not want your oil bottles to break. And if they leak, you don’t want them to leak all over the luggage. Make sure all of the rubber stoppers in the individual bottles are pushed in tight. IMG_2753

Without the rubber stopper, the bottle will leak!

There is a cute tutorial for anyone who sews here: Essential Oils Zipper Pouch Tutorial    She shows you how to make a pouch!  If you have an abundance of sample bottles, (2ml) you could transfer your oils into the smaller bottles and pack them in an Altoids box. They fit perfectly and can stay with you in your purse.
What about Supplements?
I will be bringing along our daily supplements as well. It’s not a fun vacation if you are feeling tired and run down. I will find an empty vitamin bottle and just pack enough for the trip. We take Master Formula His/Hers, OmegaGize3, EndoGize, and Essentialzymes4. Normally, I would take Life5 probiotics, but they need to be kept refrigerated and I don’t want to mess with a cooler. Another thing to consider when you travel is keeping your oils at room temperature or below. Do not let them sit in a bag that will be overheated or their basic chemical structure can change.

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Do Kids Like Fish Oil?

I’ve been trying different forms of fish oil for at least 5 years now and they all have one thing in common. Fish burps! No matter if it comes in a liquid or a capsule form, I have been dealing with the unpleasant aftertaste of fish burps for years. I knew enough about the benefits of taking fish oil that I just gritted my teeth and pressed on, but I am proud to tell you that Young Living’s version of fish oil gives no fishy after burps! Totally true.
3097OmegaGize3 is full of omega-3 fatty acids. These are the good fats that help strengthen the body and keep the brain in tip top shape. Volumes of research confirm this. OmegaGize3 fatty acids are sourced from sardine, anchovy and mackerel fish. CoQ10 and vitamin D3 is also added to this supplement. While eating more fish is one way to get Omega-3s into your diet, it can also add more toxins into the system if the fish is not wild caught. OmeGize3 also contains essential oils of course: spearmint, clove, myrrh, and German chamomile. Clove has anti-inflammatory benefits and is antibacterial. Myrrh helps stabilize the omega-3s in the supplement itself.
 

I love OmegaGize3 because my big kids will swallow these capsules. They aren’t too big for them, and with zero fish burp aftertaste, I don’t have to fight them on it! Do kids like fish oil? Yes.

Their pediatrician recommended 3 things at their latest wellness check-up: a daily dose of fish oil, a multivitamin and a probiotic.  Let me introduce you to Young Living’s multivitamin for kids. 3215MightyVites is a chewable, berry or orange flavored vitamin that all three of my kids will take. Kid tested, mother approved. With no added artificial coloring or flavoring, I tried one and they aren’t so bad. And, with literally 2 pages of vitamins packed in there, they also contain a super fruit; the Ningxia wolfberry. Originating from China, this berry is what the Ningxia red juice is made from. This is what makes our kids vitamin different from the rest.

Lastly, I would be a bad friend if I didn’t tell you about a buy one get one free offer! From now until January 31st, one of my other trusted sources for quality supplements is having a sale. Corganic is offering their Extra-Virgin Cod Liver Oil for a great deal. clo-45_9 Extra Virgin Cod Liver Oil | Corganic
It’s just one more source for great nutrition and ingredients. It’s good to mix it up a little in regards to supplements. Warning: I am ordering my first bottle today so I cannot vouch for the level of fish burps!
To order any of these products listed above, visit my sign-up link here.
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My Money Back Guarantee

Have you heard? I offer a money back guarantee on all of the oils that you buy as part of my downline. That’s right! Whether it’s a diffuser, a premium starter kit or just a single bottle, if you don’t love it, I will buy it back from you as long as it’s relatively unused.

So, what do you have to loose? Absolutely nothing. Try the oils and see for yourself why so many people are falling in love with them without the fear of loosing money. money back guarantee And just for that extra dose of peace of mind, Young Living also allows for returns on items. You do have to pay for the shipping to return it, but it’s an added safety net.

Email me today to talk about which oils are right for you!

ddeirdre @ yahoo (dot) com


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Men’s Cologne

I made Jesse some new cologne today using my essential oils. Here’s the recipe:

I found this recipe on the Young Living blog, as a suggestion for Hong Kuai. hong-kuaiWhen I order oils, I always want to have at least two uses for the oil.
Ainsley ended up scanning for this oil, and as I was researching it to find more ways to use it, I found cologne.  Hong Kuai can be used as an emotional tool to boost confidence. Ylang ylang balances the male and female energy in the body and Idaho Blue Spruce can help boost testosterone in men. Not a bad trio to use as a cologne!


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Mom’s First Aid Oil

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Tulsa’s own Channel 8 news featured a story on essential oils! Click on the link above. Young Living is quickly becoming a household name among my friends and family and apparently in the city of Tulsa as well. I’d love for you to join my team!  Contact me for more info.

ddeirdre @ yahoo (dot) com


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A Zyto What?

A zyto scan! It sounds like it should be from the Star Trek Enterprise, I know. We’re not beaming anybody up today, but it would be kinda fun don’t you think?logo-index The zyto scanner looks like this. Its a hand cradle connected to  <———   a computer using biocommunication. I had to test it out for myself of course, so here are my results. To read more about the “how” visit www.zyto.com  for more information.

Zyto Scan #1

In January, after I had been introduced to Young Living essential oils, I decided to get a scan because I was just. so. curious. I doubted it’s accuracy and I’m now fascinated.  First, let me list for you my symptoms happening on a common, at least monthly basis.

  • Swollen Lymph nodes in the arm pits and breast tissues
  • Acne
  • Possible Candida overgrowth issues
  • Achy muscles, concentrated in the hamstrings
  • Temper/ easily angered
  • Anxiety over future changes

My baseline came back with at least 52 biomarkers out of range. That’s a lot! This basically means, I was unhealthy and my body was giving me signs and symptoms to point to the issues. A zyto scan will communicate with the body, and then print out a list of possible supplements and oils to use for health and wellness. It will not diagnose a disease, at least in the Western way we understand it to be. It will highlight problem areas in the body in need of support and tell you how many biomarkers will be brought back into normal range using each item. My recommended supplements and oils were:

Juve SpiceJuvaSpice® is a delicious blend of rice seed bran, spinach, tomato flakes, beet root powder, flax seed, oat seed bran, broccoli powder, cucumber powder, potassium chloride, Redmond RealSalt®, dill leaf, barley seed powder, cayenne pepper, ginger powder, slippery elm bark, L-Taurine, psyllium seed husk, anise seed, fennel seed, aloe vera leaf extract powder, and peppermint leaf. Sprinkle it on food such as eggs, baked potatoes, rice, or salads for extra fiber and to support proper digestion.

If you have ever read anything about the connection between the digestive tract and the immune system, you will agree with me about the importance of digestive health. In the Young Living world, anything with the name “Juva” in front of it is for excretory health.  What I really  love about Juva Spice is that it tastes good; like Mrs. Dash on your eggs.

Inner DefenseYoung Living’s Inner Defense™ reinforces systemic defenses, creates unfriendly terrain for yeast/fungus, promotes healthy respiratory function, and contains potent essential oils like oregano, thyme, and Thieves® which are rich in thymol, carvacrol, and eugenol for immune support. I have always wondered if I had some overgrowth of Candida lurking in my body!

Into The FutureInto the Future™ was formulated to foster feelings of determination and a pioneering spirit, helping you leave the past behind so that you can move forward. Rather than accepting mediocrity because of fear of the unknown, using this blend will enhance enjoyment of challenges leading to success.

This result was one of the more fascinating ones. The zyto scan was taking an emotional read on me. For months, my husband and I have been back and forth with not knowing whether or not we are moving to a new state. It’s been a long, agonizing process, not knowing what the future holds, and trying to make decisions based on the unknown. This oil blend was basically all of my stress in a bottle! The primary oil in this blend is Clary sage. It stimulates our body to produce more hormones which helps in  balancing emotions and increasing estrogen for women. Interesting…

And last but not least, Galbanum. Galbanum

Referenced in the Old Testament in Exodus 30:34-36. “Then the LORD said to Moses, “Take fragrant spices- gum, resin, onycha and galbanum- and pure frankincense, all in equal amounts and make a fragrant blend of incense, the work of a perfumer.”

Galbanum was used in ancient temple ritual incense anointing associated with springtime. Traditionally used in Biblical times to aid with respiratory, digestive and nervous complaints, as well as spiritual grounding. It has an earthy aroma.

Galbanum may improve the appearance of troubled or mature skin. It has overall body cleansing properties as it supports the liver. It also may improve the immune, lymph and digestive systems, muscular aches, and acne. Galbanum may be used for spiritual grounding, releasing anger, concentration, and spiritual awareness. Use over the liver, or vita flex point on the right foot corresponding with the liver to release anger.

This oil was also spot on for me. Not only do I have some liver issues, which are supported by some of the other products that were targeted in the scan, I also had some anger issues, muscular aches and acne. Righty-o! This is the oil for me. I’ve since emptied the bottle and have found that I get angry a lot less frequently. I yell at my kids less often and am slow to blow a fuse. (Something you never knew about me, huh?) God had already been working on me in this area since the beginning of 2014. Praise God that He sent me an oil to help me in the journey! photo-2Matt. 12:18-21

I don’t particularly like the smell of Galbanum, but intuitively I knew that I needed it so I just put up with how it smelled. Health over vanity ladies!

A zyto scan be be very useful if you are new to oiling and don’t know where to start. If you have a specific ailment, sometimes it’s easier to begin with that. A zyto scan is good because it can give you an objective read on your body’s issues. I would have never pinpointed my liver as the root cause for my issues, but it all lines up when I look at my symptoms vs. the functions that the liver performs.

If you are interested in getting a zyto scan, I can help you find a Young Living rep in your area. Feel free to email me with any questions at all. A zyto scan does not diagnose health disease, please remember that. Scan on!


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The “How” of Aromatherapy

Why do essential oils work and how do they work? I think this is the most common question for new users. It felt like I was buying a bunch of bologna when I first heard about aromatherapy. It’s hundreds of years old, but I didn’t really believe in it until I understood the science behind it. I’m a facts girl though, can you blame me?

Just like a drug user will snort their toxic substance of choice for a quick high, smelling essential oils will deliver the molecules of the oil into the body. The membranes in the nose are very thin, and the oil molecules are very small, making them easily absorbed into the blood stream.

2133231Once the oils are in the blood stream, they can begin to reprogram your cells by cleaning the receptor sites on the cell directly. These oils are called Phenols for short. Other oils, called Monoterpenes can reprogram the mis-written DNA codes in the cells. THe last job that some oils have are to rewrite the DNA so that they function the way God intended from the beginning. It’s really fascinating the science behind these little guys! An oil will only restore the body back to the factory settings, it will not “change” the function of the cell.

The other fascinating fact is that they are able to cross the blood brain barrier.
This is the reason why essential oils can be used effectively in cases of Autism and ADHD. Unlike pharmaceuticals, they go the extra mile so to speak, so smell away!

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*A big thank you to Dolf Cheng for his free, beautiful images used in this post.

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Anitbiotic Free, All Winter Long

If you are a mom, you know that Winter means sickness, germs and doctor visits. In the 9 years I’ve been parenting, I’ve learned to just expect it. Germs in every public play area. Strep, stomach bugs, and cold viruses that lead to ear infections. It’s all on the menu for wintertime. I have become very good friends with my Pediatrician, and who wouldn’t be after visiting them at least a dozen times over the cold months.

Total, on average my 3 kiddos would require at the minimum:
2 strep cultures (1 for the original victim and 1 for the sibling who caught it second hand)
2 ear infections (for the random colds that happen and infect the ears)
2 breathing treatments (for my son who is prone to croup)

After an average winter that adds up to $300 minimum in co-pays and prescriptions

But not this winter! In 2014 I’m happy to announce that I did not have to take my kids to their Pediatrician. Never, not once. It really happened, I promise. Now, did we get sick? Yes. But, the germs never turned nasty because I fought them naturally. We had random viruses and we even had the 24 hour stomach bug <gross & violent> but the oils were enough to fight it off. No antibiotics!! Anytime my kids would come home and report that so and so threw up at school, Thieves went on their feet. Anytime they grew puffy circles around their eyes and started to look sick; Thieves on the feet. Anytime someone started complaining of a sore throat, Thieves on the neck and eustachian tubes. Let me explain the power of Thieves oil.

Thieves

Thieves® was created based on research about four thieves in France who covered themselves with cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics while robbing plague victims. This proprietary essential oil blend was university tested for its cleansing abilities.

 

Thieves blend contains 5 very powerful essential oils that are anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, which work together to kill airborne bacteria and support the immune system. Clove and Cinnamon Bark are antiseptic, Rosemary, Lemon and Eucalyptus are known for their purifying and cleansing properties. In a nut shell, essential oils clean the cell receptor sites in our bodies that are damaged, mend and repair damage to the cells, and then reinstate the cell to it’s original form and function. It’s highly scientific, (not the focus of this post) and also very fascinating. They can also tell the difference between original cells and mutated cells, which is how and why they kill viruses.

I used about 1.5 small (5ml) bottles on my family of five for the winter.

A large (15ml) bottle will cost $44.

I could have bought 6 bottles for the price of co-pays and prescriptions.

Now that is worth it. I saved money, and most importantly, I saved my kids’ intestinal flora from the harmful side affects of antibiotics. Overuse of antibiotics can lead to a host of other problems inside the body, (not the focus of this post.) And I do, and will use them when necessary, but if I can avoid them I do. My youngest son, is actually allergic to Penicillin and all of it’s counter parts, so it’s a really bad day when he needs an antibiotic because the Dr. has to prescribe the big guns for a small infection. Not cool.

If there is 1 thing that I would have in my medicine cabinet, it would be Thieves oil. If you want to order some for yourself, and add it to your medicine cabinet to prepare for next winter, here’s the link.     Order Today

Thieves also has a multitude of other uses as well.5056807_origIf you have any questions, please feel free to email me at   ddeirdre (at) yahoo (dot) com