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Bedtime Oils

Here is yet another video (that I wasn't sure I wanted to post) that covers a fairly normal night at our house. Essential Oils are definitely part of our bedtime routine and this is Simon and I getting him ready for bed. I'm sure a lot of you have already viewed it, as it pops up in the recommended views. I'm kind of a newb on YouTube so I'll have to figure out how to hide what I don't want published but for now I'll just roll with it. It is a sweet video of Simon, he's pretty hilarious and adorable.

Simon tells us about his favorite, Sandalwood, and we apply Valor, Thieves and diffuse Lavender this particular night. We don't always use these oils but find a mix that works best for the moment. Valor is typically a regular because it helps make my kids feel brave and courageous - which seems to eliminate most of the "nightdreams" or nightmares. They feel safe when they have it on. We also tend to use some Peace & Calming (on the big toe) at bedtime, but that is generally if my kids are feeling anxious or amped up. Thieves is just a preventative to viruses they come in contact with on a daily basis. I don't use this oil every night but every other night or so we try and put it on. If they are sick or someone else is sick that we've been in contact with, then we use it everyday, several times a day.

So there you have it, this is what our bedtime generally looks like.

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Summertime Oil

Mexico

I want something citrus scented right now. I think I'll pick Citrus Fresh. We got home from Mexico a couple of weeks ago and it felt good to leave the daily snowstorms that were busting into our springtime. After a week in paradise it wasn't all bad to come home to a whole lot of this...

Blossoms New Leaves Green Buds

but now this mama is ready for summertime!

Citrus oils are so summery, I know it isn't "really" summer yet, hell it feels like it might never be when you step outside, but whatever, I'm going for it.

Summer yourself up with some Citrus Fresh - it isn't too spendy. It is a blend containing the following oils: Orange, tangerine, mandarin, grapefruit, lemon, and spearmint. Retail it is $18.42 for a 15ml bottle. Of course if you are a member you get your 24% discount.

This oil is GREAT for pregnant ladies so if you are pregnant and you don't have it, you ought to treat yourself. And it is a great oil for kids. It encourages feelings of well-being while benefiting the immune system. This oil will aid in opening your lymphatic systems. Always dilute if you are applying this oil to sensitive areas any oil can cause sensitivities, so heed caution, but in my personal experience I've found this oil to be a very gentle oil. This oil can kill airborne bacteria simply because many of the oils in this blend are antiseptics. Diffusing this oil can give you amazing results and it smells SO good. I like to mix it with a bit of Lavender in the diffuser.

This oil can stimulate the right brain to amplify creativity. I diffuse it often in my art room when we are working on different projects.

An interesting little tidbit I just came across: "University researchers in Japan found that diffusing a citrus fragrance in an office environment improved metal accuracy and concentration by 54%." (Taken from my Essential Oils Desk Reference)

I forgot to put a drop of Lemon Oil in my water bottle one morning and a friend that happened to be with me had some Citrus Fresh with her so I put a couple of drops of that in instead and I won't say it was better, but it was just as delicious, hmm actually maybe it was a bit better. It had a smooth taste. Your kid's water bottle could stand a drop for all of the above reasons if you don't happen to be watering yourself. It is a great cool down on a spring/summer day. I've also flavored iced tea with Citrus Fresh before. Of course you can use your Lemon or Orange to do the same, whatever you fancy.

You can apply this oil to your ears, heart, and/or wrists. Remember to avoid exposure to direct sunlight for up to 12 hours if you are applying to your body where sun exposure could occur.

And that about wraps it up. Now let's just hope for some sunshine to go with that citrus delight.

Citrus Fresh

If you are interested in the ordering bonus this month - it is a free bottle of Ningxia Red and Peppermint Oil. To learn more go here.

And as always if you need to order anything please let me know. I am happy to help you, and we are hoping for a discussion group later in the month. We'll be in touch.

Parties Parties who wants a party? I'm doing another giveaway for bookings. If you schedule a party in the next month you will get $50 worth of oils for free - you pick the oils! Contact me if you are interested.

 

 

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Peace/Sleep for Gus

Gus at the Park

This guy and his bedtime routine can be a bit trying, and for some reason I forget about Peace & Calming and it literally works every time I remember. So we put it on the other night. Watch our video here! I think it says it all.

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Aromatherapy and Kids

Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child: More Than 300 Natural, Nontoxic, and Fragrant Essential Oil Blends Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child: More Than 300 Natural, Nontoxic, and Fragrant Essential Oil Blends
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Just wanted to take a moment to express my love for this book. I use it all of the time when I use oils with Simon and Gus. It has so many wonderful things in it to help you and is very descriptive down to the most intimate detail. Valerie Ann Worwood is one of my favorite aromatherapy authors. Her opinions differ from mine a bit, but after finding this book, it felt very freeing to be able to share knowledge with friends about oils they could use with their kids because she suggested the how tos. It wasn't just coming from me and my personal experiences anymore. Sometimes validation is important, especially when you are dealing with essential oils - knowing what is safe and what isn't. I've probably used oils with my kids that I shouldn't have. They are still alive and kickin', but this book gives me confidence. I have used it treat warts, fungus, skin problems, cuts, ear infection, bug bites, and all kinds of ailments that my wees are afflicted with. She has amazing oil blend recipes in here that I love, or maybe never would have thought to combine, and after combining them I'm in love.

This book covers pretty much every childhood ailment you can imagine and how to treat it using aromatherapy. Worwood goes into detail on using hydrosals (essential oil waters), and treating symptoms. Treating the symptom is so important to me, I prefer this method over western medicine's desire to "diagnose" any day. Now you can fix coughs, colds, infections and a wide array of other things at home using this tool and your essential oils...that you hopefully get from me (or Young Living), so you know they are safe and therapeutic grade. There is even a section on mental health and special needs children in this book. I think if you have it, you will be happy with it. It is an indispensable guide for every parent who thinks pro-actively about their children's physical and mental health.

Afterall nothing is more important than your kids.

Gus and Simon

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Melrose Video

Simon at the Park

As promised I am going to slowly start uploading some videos (instructional style) so you can see me using essential oils on myself and my family. I can't honestly say how religious I will be about it, but I'll do my best to keep sharing!
This is Simon getting a dose of Melrose around his tiny sweet ears. I don't just apply this oil at bedtime but several times throughout the day when an ear infection is invading. He's a real trooper and he also really likes to be video-taped, so you'll probably get some extra flavor from time to time.

I'd love input as to whether or not this is helpful to you. I plan to start making my way through some of the Everyday Oils and making instructional videos to show you how to use your oils.

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Aroma Siez for April – No Foolin’

My Kids

Always before I begin I like to share a photo (whether it is relevant or not - these are my sweet boys releasing some praying mantises we hatched at a local green house. Although it is spring - it is still only about 40 degrees and much too cold for little baby mantids to live outdoors...so we graced a greenhouse with about 100 of them and we'll be visiting throughout the spring and summer to check up on them. Now for the good stuff...

This oil is amazing sauce. Fer reals. I woke up with a kink in my neck the other morning, used this bad-boy a few times throughout the day and that kink was gone. This is on the advice of my good friend Sarah who douses herself in Aroma Siez when she has neck pain or back pain.

Aroma Siez

Shane has a wicked old pinched something under his shoulder blade right now and we're working on it with Aroma Siez, PanAway and the Deep Relief Roller, pretty much as I type. I didn't realize that a dull pain or even a sharp pain was something I didn't have to live through until I found oils. I am not generally one to complain (at least I don't think I am, some of you may beg to differ) but after finding Young Living Oils and using them on a regular basis to relieve ordinary everyday pains/aches/etc. It is much easier to live with whatever might come my/our way. The constant reminder that I like to give people is that these oils are volatile so they don't stay in your system for long. But applying them frequently is magical.

Aroma Siez has Basil, Lavender, Peppermint, Cypress and Marjoram in it. Many of these oils can be found in the Raindrop Kit and used in combination with Ortho-Ease Massage oil are relief-packed. We just used some V-6 last night instead of the Ortho-Ease and applying a hot compress atop these oils is a wonderful way to create relief.
There are many uses for Aroma Siez as with most of the oils I choose to discuss every month but some of the uses for this blend are: muscle relaxer, increase circulation, headache relief, good for stress, great for tight muscles, sore muscles, and it is an anti-inflammatory.

If you are having muscle spasms this is a great oil to apply and you put it on the afflicted area - sometimes that isn't entirely clear - I often tell everyone to try oils on the bottoms of their feet, but this oil would be an exception to that rule (as are many others). Put this right on the pain.

It smells pretty delightful too, which is always a bonus in my book.

One of the oils you can get for free this month if you order 180 PV or more is Di-Gize and you just need to read that link to see what I think about this oil - I use it easily 4 times a week. You also get a free bottle of Life 5 (which I'm super excited about). I take a pro-biotic daily and this one I haven't had the opportunity to try yet, so I'll let you know what I think.

Since I began this post about a week ago I'm going to send it now, a few days after the first, but am I ever really on time? PS Shane's shoulder pain is completely gone. Oh and one more thing I forgot to mention about this oil is it is good for tired bodies and especially tired feet. Ahh.

Simon and the Mantises

 

Happy Spring!

 

 

 

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Spring Colds/Coughs

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This is one of our sweet little chickens, happy that spring is springing. We still aren't in the clear though...it seems like someone in our family tends to end up with a nasty spring cold. This year I think the person that got the short end of the stick is Shane. He wound up with some sort of a wicked chest cold.

The oil that he claims was the best relief though is Raven. I wanted to briefly discuss the difference between Raven and R.C. mostly because I forget which one is for which thing on a very regular basis. I know they are both great for chest colds/coughs but  I can't ever remember which is good for virus and which is good for infection. I generally just use both (alternating) to cover my bases and they both bring immediate chest relief and cough relief so why not just use them both right?

R.C. has been discussed A LOT on this Mama's blog. It is a blend of 3 types of Eucalyptus, Myrtle, Pine, Marjoram, Lavender, Cypress, Tsuga, and Peppermint. Apparently RC isn't quite as powerful against viral infections as Raven.

Raven I haven't talked about much at all, just maybe an occasional mention here and there. It too is a blend containing Ravensara, Lemon, Wintergreen, Peppermint and Eucalyptus Radiata. I have a tendency to believe that the magic actually stems from the Ravensara within this Raven Oil. So why not just get Ravensara and call it good? It too is a powerful single oil, but with Raven you get the blend of goodness. Shane told me that his chest felt tingly. Since the bulk of his sick was collecting in his lungs we just put it all over his chest and ahhh....relief!

So Raven goes beyond RC for upper respiratory problems and is especially useful for combating viruses. It is an awesome oil for asthma.

And I'll sign off with a photo of my super cute husband or a few. Some are even of his backside. heh.

Simon and Shane up Waterworks

Papa Shane and Simon

Shane and Sloane

See he's adorable.

 

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Furniture Polish Recipe

Grandma Jan

1/4 cup Vegetable oil such as Olive Oil (maybe you could use your V-6)

2 Tablespoons of White Vinegar

2 Tablespoons of Vodka

15-20 drops of Lavender (or maybe you could use your Lemon)

Put in a spray bottle, spritz, and polish away! Courtesy of the pretty Grandma in the photo above.

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Oregano for March

Oregano

This is a super powerful oil! I decided to take a powerful route this month.

We are still in the midst of cold and flu season and everyone is in need of oils that help to boost immunity, oils to use as a Thieves substitute, and oils that are effective in battling viruses. This might just be your ticket. I have a list of things that I've used Oregano for in our family and one perk is that you can cook with it, but keep in mind you barely even need a smidgen of it to taste it throughout your dish. I would say probably dipping a toothpick in your oil bottle and then into your food would be more than enough. An important thing to keep in mind when using essential oils is that even a small quantity (a drop or two) will do the trick. I try and remind people that frequency is more important - since these oils are volatile substances they don't linger in your system for long periods of time so applying, eating and diffusing frequently are the keys to using your oils in the most effective way possible.

Now for Oregano. Like many of my precious oils, I detested the scent of oregano the first time I came into contact with it, and it hasn't gotten any better. It is overpowering. If you put a handful of oils on this is the only one that seems to linger, in this Mama's nose anyway. Shane always says "You smell like gyros" when we use this oil...I'm not gettin that delightful gyro smell through this sniffer though.

Oregano is an antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, antispasmodic and an immune stimulant.

In the last week, we have used Oregano (diluted) to treat molluscum, this will be an ongoing treatment. I've been putting the oil right on the bottoms of Gussy's feet daily (I should really be doing it twice a day) as an antifungal treatement. I also picked up some Neem salve and I've been mixing it with Oregano and applying it directly to the little bumps.

Applying Oils

I've also used it on myself as an immune booster in this past week. We probably went through almost an entire bottle this winter because we use it so frequently. I wouldn't use it as frequently if I let smell make my decisions, but the stuff works, I mean it really really works.

We rid Simon's little 6 year old body of warts, he had a couple of warts on his finger as well as a pair on his feet. We were applying Lemon oil and Oregano every single night for at least 2 months and when I finally got SERIOUS about it, and didn't forget even one night, they disappeared. We just revisited this a couple of days ago and realized we couldn't even remember where they were anymore. I got some props for that treatment. I love it when my oils work...it makes me feel awesome, and much more comfortable about what a dork I can be when it comes to recommending them to everyone I know on the earth.

Oregano is a choice oil for colds. It is wonderful for respiratory issues: asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia (viral and bacterial), and whooping cough.

This oil can help with digestion problems and help with balancing metabolism.

It is great to diffuse (if you can stand it) and will kill airborne bacteria.

This oil is great for arthritis/rheumatism (long term).

In case it wasn't clear from the onset of this post, Oregano can be used as a dietary supplement.

Please note this oil is a hot oil, dilution may be necessary. And I would dilute when using on children, although I apply to feet bottoms undiluted. Dilution can be 1 part Oregano 4 parts V-6 (olive oil).

Ooh I just read that Oregano has anti-aging properties. Again much of this info I take from the following two books.

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The big Essential Oils Desk Reference will be in its 5th edition and released at the beginning of April. If you would like information on how to get your hands on one...let me know. The other guide you can order from Abundant Health along with a million other useful tools to get the optimum use out of your therapeutic grade essential oils.

Stay healthy - spring is almost here.

Disclaimer: Not everyone thinks that Oregano smells as badly as I do.

 

 

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Lemon Oil for Acne

Lemon Oil

I have a friend who swears by a tiny bit of Lemon Essential Oil on a pimple right when it is starting - and it disappears.

Does this even qualify as a "post"?

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