Young Living Essential Oils

     I think it's no surprise that the trend of oils has heightened due to everyone wanting a more satisfying and healthy lifestyle. I stumbled across these oils from an Insta friend @mamawatters. My sister and I adore her simplistic lifestyle, regime and ways she utilizes these oils as a part of her everyday routines. She also suffers from anxiety and when I read her blog-post about how these have reduced that completely I was ready to jump on board. But,  Honestly, I was a little skeptical thinking mostly.. "These possibly can't make that big of a difference..". Boy, was I wrong. I can't stop using them all the time and learning more tips on incorporating them with all my daily activities. Pure essential oils can be made into pure household cleaners, dietary supplements, perfume, diffused aroma, skin healers and more! The  numerous benefits these little suckers have is a long list but I am going to briefly explain a few of the oils and how I am using them. Below that is a link for some wellness tips and cautions when using each oil and lastly you can signup if interested!

Lavender- This one is a favorite of mine and really does the trick! I use about 5-8 drops in my diffuser in the morning and night for relaxation and a de-stress anxiety reliever. You can also spray a few drops on your sheets and pillows for a more restful night sleep. Hate those bug bites this spring? Well I've added 28 drops of lavender to organic coconut oil and it heals those bites in minutes! I also use that same combo for puffy/tired eyes..you would not believe the difference. For minor burns from curling irons or anything else hot, tut 2-3 drops Lavender oil on it to decrease pain and redness. Add 1-2 drops on chapped lips as well ..best for the long beach days! 

Purification- I really enjoy the way this oil helps eliminate odors and clean the air around you when diffused. You only need about 8-10 drops to do the trick! I also add some (occasionally) to my boyfriend's tennis shoes because it really takes the stench out! This one is a promising carpet cleaner as well. Add 10 drops of Purification (or Thieves) with 3 drops peppermint to 1 cup cornstarch or baking soda, stir well, let sit for 24 hours in a closed jar. Sprinkle carpet and vacuum after about an hour for fresher carpet and living space! Got a blister!? A drop of Purification or Ylang Ylang essential oil can cleanse and heal that right up!

Joy- This oil is again, yes, another favorite! I am using a few drops on my wrists as perfume each day (Corey loves it). Also, I add 2-3 drops to his shaving cream so he is more calm and relaxed (he doesn't know I did that..wink wink). This oil, like lavender can enhance your mood quickly. It really blocks out negative thoughts and stimulates a more positive mindset. When emotions are out of whack or your having menstrual cramps... alleviate those symptoms by rubbing a few drops of joy over your abdomen region. I add a few drops to my laundry for some extra freshness as well! 

Lemon- When cleaning everything this is my "go-to" oil. Mix 10-15 drops of lemon oil with a small amount of olive oil for a great cabinet/kitchen cleaner. 1-2 drops can help remove all things adhesive (gum/glue/sticky stuff). I add a few drops with water and spray over wood as a great polisher! I like to use this oil as water flavor too. Add 1-4 drops to a 16oz. glass of water and BAM..so good! Need to brighten that smile? Mix lemon essential oil, baking soda and coconut oil and rub on your teeth for 2 minutes and then dense as a natural teeth whitener. I am not on a diet, but if you are.. Putting 2 drops of lemon oil in your water 3x daily can support metabolism and weight loss. That is pretty cool!

Thieves- This is another great oil that can be used in a multitude of ways (especially cleaning). Use this as a disinfectant spray (it is gentle enough for preggos & babies as well) and even make it into a hand sanitizer. Thieves also can boost your immune  system by placing 2-3 drops in a capsule and swallowed daily. Have a sore throat? Mix 1-2 drops with a tablespoon of water, gargle and swallow to alleviate symptoms. I have also begun adding a few drops to my dishwasher for cleaner/brighter dishes.

Tea Tree- I apply this with most all my skincare lotions and moisturizers. It clarifies the skin while also reducing the appearance of lines. I also add 10-15 drops in a small carrier and apply throughout the day to any areas of concern. As a cleaning agent, tea tree can get rid of mold and clean dirty surfaces. Simply combine 2-4 drops of the oil and a cup of water to a spray bottle and use when needed!

Peppermint- Get nauseous ever? I diffuse 2-3 drops of this to help an upset stomach feel better. I also add a few drops to my water everyday as a supplement to support a normal/healthy digestive system. Hate pesky flies!? Fill a spray bottle with water, add 20-30 drops of Peppermint, shake often. Spray kitchen counter-tops, around windows/doors – and yourself (do not get spray on your face or eyes!) 

Stress Away- The name says it all here. Stress away calms nerves instantly and is a perfect addition to a small bowl (2-3 drops) of fruit or yogurt. This oil is a blend of lime essential oil, lavender and Copaiba (a powerful amazonian essential oil). For a detoxing bath, add 4-8 drops to 2 cups of epsom salts and 1 cup of baking soda and let the soothing begin! I also diffuse a few drops of this with Peppermint or Lavender for a calming aroma. 

Panaway- This is a soothing essential oil blend of Wintergreen, Helichrysum, Clove and Peppermint. I apply a few drops to a carrier and apply after a strenuous workout or straining physical activity. It is an instant cool down! I also rub a few drops on the soles of my feet at night for better sleep. You can also Massage 1 drop of Peppermint, Lavender or Pan Away on temples (avoiding eye area) and back of the neck for relief. This oil can also be applied topically over bruises to help them go away quicker!

Frankincense- In the bible the wise men brought Frankincense and Myrrh ..and for good reason! This essential oil has an earthy aroma and i love diffusing it while I have my morning devotion or am doing some afternoon yoga. You can also use this as a skin aid for it's moisturizing qualities.I mostly started taking Frankincense as a supplement for both anxiety and for it's anti-cancerous effects..however have begun using it for other purposes too! Need healthier nails? You can also apply frankincense directly to the nail making sure to fully coat the entire surface of the nail. Have stretch marks mamas? Added with lavender this oil reduces those marks intensely.  

Citrus Fresh- here are 12 ways I am using this amazing oil blend.

1.  Diffuse while working/creating/designing to support memory recall and concentration.

2.  Diffuse Citrus Fresh for 20-30 minutes twice a day for a fresh spring-time aroma.

3.  Apply 1-2 of drops to the ears, heart or wrists and wear as a cologne or perfume (you can also do this with Joy).

4.  Make drinking your daily requirement of water (1/2 your body weight in ounces) a pleasure by adding a few drops of Citrus Fresh to your GLASS of water. (Don’t use plastic…essential oils etch or even dissolve petrochemical based products like plastic and styrofoam!)

5. Some have found that adding a few drop of this oil to water can help them maintain a healthy weight.

6. Apply a few drops to water ad use as a floor cleaner!

7. Mix several drops of Citrus Fresh in V6 mixing oil for a full body massage to support the lymphatic system.

8.  Blend 11 – 20 drops with your choice of body wash and add to bath water for a relaxing bath.

9. Freshen your carpet with Citrus Fresh too! Simply combine 16 to 20 drops of essential oils with 1 cup of baking soda or borax powder. Mix well and place in a covered container overnight so that the oil can be absorbed by the powder. Sprinkle over your carpet and vacuum up the powder immediately to infuse a rejuvenating fragrance into the room.

10.  A few drops of this oil on a cotton ball hidden in inconspicuous places around the bathroom will scent it as well.  This method may also be used for cupboards, drawers, and any place else you might need/want a refreshing scent.

11.  Get rid of bad odors in the laundry:  As the machine is filling up with water, add soap and a few drops of the Citrus Fresh.

12.  Remove sticky residue from stickers and bandages with a drop of Citrus Fresh.

My favorite combos for Aroma-These go great in the starter kit diffuser!

Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint 

Valor and Frankincense (for a peaceful feeling)

Peppermint and Orange (time to wake up!)

Cinnamon and Orange

Thieves and Lime

Thieves and Lemon 

Clove and Orange

Lemon, Lavender and Rosemary (smells so clean!)

Peace and Calming and Lavender

Frankincense and Myrrh

Idaho Balsam Fir and Citrus Fresh

Stress Away and Lavender

Bergamot, Lemongrass and Grapefruit

Peace and Calming and Valor (sweet dreams!)

Orange and Patchouli 

Lavender and Copaiba

 

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     As you can see, there are numerous benefits of using these essential oils and who knew!? I am trying to step back from synthetic/toxic/chemically based cleaners and products and using these oils in replace. To order your starter kit and join "oily lovers" (like myself) follow This link!