My life is easier with essential oils

Do you ever wonder how I sleep so little, yet have energy to run around with a 2 year old, run a photography business, and still make time to go camping and travel? Probably not, but I decided to come tell you anyways so you can learn a little more about me, and may even learn a thing or two to help yourself yourself too.

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Lack of sleep is so common among us moms and for me, adding cedarwood essential oil to my family's nighttime routine has been a huge help. This oil help me get into a deep sleep, so even on the nights I don't get a lot of sleep, I still feel rested in the morning.

Another oil I've recently started using at night (and throughout the day) is Bergamot. This oil has so many benefits and it smells so so good!! 

I've recently started doing Yoga. It helps me to slow down and feel grounded. An oil I use during Yoga is frankincense. Either during yoga or when I'm home praying or meditating, this oil really helps my mind to stop wondering and focus on what I'm doing.

Another oil I really like to use during exercise is Raven or R.C. They both aid the respiratory system and every time I use it, I can breathe better, deeper, and the smell is super refreshing and uplifting.

Lavender, vetiver, and peppermint are my favorites to put on the palm of my hands, cup them over my mouth and nose and breath in to help me focus on long stretches of work and the never ending editing. It's a "pick me up" and "get work done" kinda of mix.

The three ways I use essential oils:

topically (on my skin), aromatically (on the diffuser or as a perfume), internally (in my tea, water, or supplements)

When using the oils topically, most of the time I like to dilute them for three reasons: 1) skin sensitivity. Some oils are hot oils, others cause a cooling sensation, diluting them make it easier on the skin 2) less is more. one drop of essential oil will go a long way. Diluting the essential oil in a carrier oil will help spread the oil to a bigger area (like when I use DiGize to help with digestion. I can use just 1 or 2 drops and massage it on my whole belly with the help of coconut oil. 3) diluting and using less help me save my money, and that is nice! :) 

When using the oils aromatically, in the diffuser I add 4-8 drops of essential oil. Remember the less is more rule applies here too. You can always add more drops of essential oils to the diffuser, but since water does not dilute oil, adding more water won't make it less strong. If you add too much essential oil to the diffuser, you may feel headaches or other symptoms. Just dump everything out and start over - with less drops and add essential oil as you feel need. I also like to put a little behind my ears (especially before bed), or to add a drop or two on the palms of my hands, rub them together, cup them over my nose and breathe in.

Having a roller ready to go is nice because saves me time to open different bottles in case I want to use a blend, and also it's diluted and ready to go. Our favorite roller recipes are owie (with lavender, tea tree and fractionated coconut oil), immune boost (with thieves, lemon, frankincense, and coconut oil), sweet dreams (peace and calming, cedarwood, lavender, and coconut oil).

Internally. Even though we use essential oils internally less frequently than topically or aromatically in my home, we still do appreciate the fact that we can trust YL and know they are safe to ingest when we need.

Did you know that a couple drops of essential oils can be added to veggie capsules, mixed with a vegetable oil?

My favorite ways to take essential oils internally:

Thieves tea - I squeeze half a lemon in a mug, add hot water, a drop or two of thieves vitality and about a tablespoon of honey. Remember that water and oil don't mix and a little honey doesn't dilute essential oils either, but I'm ok with it and really enjoy the taste. Sometimes I use lemon vitality instead of the fresh lemon and it tastes yummy too. 

Lime infused Ningxia Red - I love the way this tastes so much! In my Yeti or a glass cup I put ice, 2 oz of Ningxia Red and fill the cup with sparkling water, then I add YL Mineral Essence supplement and 1 drop of Lime Vitality.

The only cleaner I use

Did you know that the Thieves Household Cleaner is super concentrated and made to be diluted? Get yourself a 16oz glass spray bottle, add one capful of THC and fill it up with water. Tcharan! 

I found this bundle super helpful since it has different sizes of bottles. I keep a small bottle filled with a capful of THC and water by the clothes hamper to spray the stains right away, one in my purse to spray grocery carts, restaurant tables, etc (and the occasional clothes stains on the go), another with a mix of thieves and citrus fresh to spray in the car seat from time to time, and a mermaid spray for my hair... I also want to make a room spray, but I didn't have time for that yet. 

When I first started my oily journey, this is the spray bottles I got, and I use it to this day!

One of my goals is that every single one of my team members have as much information as they need to take advantage of the products they purchase. For this reason, I also decided to share the products I use that are not from Young Living, but also super useful.

The carrier oils:

Carrier oils are vegetable oils used to dilute essential oils so they are safe to apply to the skin (or ingest, in some cases), and they help "carry" the oils into the skin. The best carrier oil is cold-pressed and made from plants. Here are some of the most popular carrier oils

V-6 Carrier Oil - is a blend of seven oils offered by Young Living. It has no color or odor and is non-staining. The oils in it are Fractionated Coconut oil, Organic Sesame Seed oil, Grapeseed oil, Sweet Almond oil, Wheat Germ oil, Sunflower Seed oil, Organic Olive oil. 

Fractionated Coconut oil - this is an oil that is liquid and perfect for roller bottles recipes. Coconut oil contains skin nourishing fatty acids and polyphenols, which make it a great carrier oil for massage oils and skin care preparations. It's easily absorbed into the skin, odorless, colorless, and easily washes out of fabrics.

Sweet Almond oil - high in vitamin D, and very soothing to the skin. It has a strong, nutty aroma. The oil is lightweight, absorbs easily, and is a great moisturizer for dry skin. It's mostly used in massage, bath oils and soaps.

Sunflower oil - contains natural vitamine E and is an antioxidant. It has a neutral odor. May be used to help soften and moisturize skin, and soothe irritation.

Olive oil - contains squalene, an antioxidant.  It’s packed with fatty acids and plant sterols, which make it great for cleansing and moisturizing dry skin. Use olive oil as a carrier oil for massage, facial cleansers, hair care, and homemade soaps. 

Jojoba oil - technically, this isn't an oil, it's a wax with powerful moisturizing properties. Jojoba oil comes from the seeds of the jojoba plant and it's thought to closely mimic sebum, the skin's natural oil. It's non-stainable, non-allergenic, and is easily absorbed by the skin.

Making Roll-Ons is the best way to make sure we don't over use our precious oils, and also make the exact blend we need. 

Some of the stores I've purchased roller bottles from before are: 

Whimsy and Wellness


Karma and Cosmo

And there are also some cute ones on amazon.

For those starting out, this may be a good option, since it gives you a little bit of each (spray bottles and rollers), and for a great price too.

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