8 Amazing Facts About Essential Oils

23
Jan
2017

8 Amazing Facts Essential Oils

The other day I celebrated a FOUR year anniversary – not a wedding or engagement anniversary, but the anniversary date of purchasing my Premium Starter Kit with Young Living.  

At that time I was looking for natural ways to support my emotions and was desperate to get a routine in place so I could be the best mom, wife and friend I could be.  I had already tried oils I purchased from amazon and was so disappointed…. I was not seeing the results others were sharing.  So after doing more research I soon realized that Young Living was my next and last step.

Within three months I had a plan that supported my desired lifestyle and I began sharing right here on my blog.   There were other moms who needed to hear what I shared — they wanted hope too…..

So for the last four years I have sprinkled in my journey incorporating essential oils in our home, using them for so many different things as well as ditching the chemicals we had in cleaners by using plant based alternatives.  I can’t imagine my life and what it could be today if I had not taken this step and I want to share a few facts with you.

8 Facts About Essential Oils and My Favorite – Young Living

1.  Essential Oils are NOT New

Some of the oldest cultures on earth used essential oils.  The Egyptians used essential oils for beauty and embalming and they were used in communal bath houses in Pakistan and Rome.  There are 188 references to the use of essential oils in the Bible.  Today, essential oils are considered by many to be the leading edge of natural products, old things do come back in style!

2.  Essential Oils are POWERFUL!

Essential oils are the most powerful part of the plant.  They are distilled from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, fruit, rinds, resins, and herbs.  Oils consist of over 100 different natural, organic compounds.  They are 

3.  Essential Oils Support Every System in the Body

In humans, essential oils provide support for every system in the body – from the endocrine system, circulatory system to your muscular system.  They support brain health, a healthy weight, are wonderful for supporting your emotional health and even sprucing up your libido!  The uses are endless.

4.  Essential oils Can Be Used in Different Methods

Oils can be applied to skin (topically), diffused in the air (aromatically), added to your bath, and Young Living’s Vitality line can be added to food and drink.  I love some Lemon Vitality oil in my water bottle – it helps me get more water in during the day!

5.  They are absorbed easily by skin.

When they are applied to skin, they are absorbed easily and carried by the bloodstream to every cell in the body within minutes.  They can increase oxygen uptake, enhance absorption of nutrients, enhance longevity and help our bodies detoxify.  By simply inhaling therapeutic grade oils, we can uplift our mood and increase our feeling of peacefulness and well-being.

5.  Essential Oils are Easily Used by Your Body

Tests have shown that essential oils reach the heart, liver, and thyroid in three seconds when inhaled.  They were also found in the bloodstream in 26 seconds when applied topically.  A normal and healthy body metabolizes essential oils in about 3-5 hours.

6.  Essential Oils are Very Concentrated 

60,000 rose blossoms provide only 1 ounce of rose oil, making it one of the most precious and expensive oils on the market.  However, Lavender is abundant – 220 pounds will provide 7 pounds of oil.  The amount of plant material required for distilling explains why some oils are more expensive than others.  And yet, since we only use a small amount of essential oils at a time, even oils that are expensive are often considered to be very economical.

6.  Purity is Important

In the United States, there is no rating system for essential oils.  The closest we get is an FDA requirement that in order to label a bottle of essential oils “pure” or “therapeutic grade,” the contents of that bottle must contain at least 5% of essential oils.  When using essential oils as a natural alternative to support health and wellness, purity is absolutely critical.  95% of the world’s essential oils were created for industrial use.  Many of the oils found on the market, even in health food stores, are of low quality.  You will want to know the source of your oils.

7.  Seed to Seal Guarantee

Young Living offers a Seed to Seal Guarantee – and this spoke volumes to me.  Young Living grows their own plants, owns their own fields, works closely with partner farms who abide by the same policies, controls the entire process from planting all the way through until bottling.  If I am going to go the extra step of using essential oils in my home, I want the best.  The Seed to Seal Promise means each plant is hand-weeded, there are no pesticides used, no chemicals and no weed killers.  The plants are harvested at their peak and vigorously tested.  They go directly from the farm to my home!  You can read more on Seed to Seal here.

8.  Essential Oils Offer Incredible Health Support

Using therapeutic grade essential oils and oil-enhanced products every day can help us lead happier and healthier lives.  My life is proof.  I have been using Young Living oils for four years, and over that time have learned a lot about my body and what it truly needs to run most effectively.  God did not create us to “just get by” – He created us to live FULL lives.  My life is dramatically different today than it was four years ago and I can say this about my husband and my seven year old too.

How have you incorporated essential oils into your life?  If you haven’t yet, perhaps you are intrigued?  If you are interested, you can watch a previously recorded Facebook class HERE.

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Plus from now until January 31st at midnight, you can grab a FREE bottle of Peace and Calming (one of our family favorites) with your purchase of a Dew Drop Premium Starter Kit.  That is a value of nearly $35, plus all the goodies I am offering.

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5 Benefits of Regular Date Nights

16
Jan
2017

5 Benefits of Regular Date Nights

So, when was your last date night? Go ahead. Take a break and check your calendar. I did when I sat down to write this article because it had been almost a month since my hubby and I snuck away for a few hours alone! Yikes! It’s embarrassing really.

I know how I feel when I return from date night, so why is it so hard to get these on the calendar? For us it is a recent move to a newer community that has left us searching for sitter alternatives, but that is really no excuse. There are good things that come from making regular date nights happen, and I am set on scheduling these out in our calendar because my marriage deserves it.

What are the benefits? Here are just a few I managed to consider. I bet you have others too.

Anticipation Is Always Good!

I love having something to look forward to, don’t you? Having that Thursday date night on the calendar and looking forward to it all week can help me and my attitude stay happy and healthy as I journey through the day. Thinking of what to do, where we might go, what we might talk about, what dreams may develop in that conversation because we have some freedom and are not bound by home tasks – it is so nice to have uninterrupted conversation.

Connection and Communication

This is a continuation of the “uninterrupted conversation” part. When we get that time to chat with no destination, it is amazing how connected and affirmed you can feel toward your spouse. I am sure you know what I mean – when you feel they are truly listening to you because they aren’t focused on getting the kids into the bath or making lunches. We need this time to build strong marriages, because let’s face it – we lead busy lives and when we don’t make time for each other, something is bound to break and someone will feel “not connected”.

An Opportunity for Romance

We all need it and we long for that romance in our marriage. It’s a struggle and you have to be intentional to keep the romance alive when you’ve got ten plates spinning in the air. I love being able to sneak away on date night and create a calm that I can’t get at home, and who knows, it might end up creating fireworks at home later.

Lowering Stress

The power of a date night can certainly de-stress you both. I mean, you aren’t racing around checking off lists and managing bedtime routines. You are together – just the two of you. It really is amazing how just a couple of hours can be so helpful for our emotions.

Reaffirming Your Commitment

When you place an importance on having regular date nights, you are stating your marriage is worth it. It’s worth the extra effort of finding a sitter. It’s worth the effort of thinking of something to do. It’s worth the effort of saving some money in your grocery bill so you can go grab coffee and dessert out. Your marriage is worth it. It shows a strong commitment to each other!

7 Tips to Being a Happy and More Productive Mom

9
Jan
2017

7 Tips to Being a Happy and More Productive Mom

It’s a new year and time for new habits, right? If you are anything like me, over the past few weeks my days have become a jumbled mess and I need a reset. My inbox has been getting full of messages from moms wondering how I do it all and how they can catch up and feel better in their role.

First, I do not do it all. However, I do have some tips that I use to reset myself to be happier and more productive at home. Read on if you are in need of a reset or share this with a friend who may be struggling.

Feed Your Soul

What fills you up and gives you energy for your day? Only you can answer this. For me, I must have quiet time in the morning – MUST. When I don’t, my day is flustered and my temper is short. God built me in a way that I must connect with Him and myself before I begin to pour out into others. I love doing devotions (I love the First5 app and am currently enjoying a new reading the Bible in a year series in the  YouVersion Bible app).

Get Dinner Done

One big headache for us moms is getting a plan for dinner. I have made it part of my routine to plan meals and a menu the week prior to when we need it. I can prepare for my grocery shopping and be at peace knowing we have food for meals and I will not be tempted to go out. This is healthier for me and my family. Do you need a free menu planner? Grab one here!  

Having my meals planned is a life saver! It literally gives me more energy through the day because I am not constantly using my mom brain to think, “what am I going to make for dinner?” I do love eMeals (you can try it for FREE for 14 days!) for making dinner planning easy, and also check Pinterest for menu ideas.

Create Your Big Three

Each morning after I get my little guy out the door, I come up with my big three – my three things that MUST get done that day. It could be a trip to the post office, waking the dogs, or working on my blog. I tackle these things and will at least feel successful even if I do not get to the other things on my to-do list. We often have unrealistic expectations of ourselves and what we are truly capable of completing during the day.

Rise Early

Game changer. Period. You say you’re not an early riser, okay, but you are missing out on a chunk of time that can ignite your day, your productivity level, and your happiness. I notice on the days I sleep in or am lazy to get my day going, I struggle to feel caught up and prepared. So for me and a lot of moms I know, getting up earlier than everyone else is a non-negotiable. Find a way to get to bed earlier so you can grab the time in the morning to prepare for your day.

Create a Routine

This is a huge deal and if you are flying by the seat of your pants you will continue to feel unorganized, under-prepared, and frazzled. Set a morning routine for yourself and a routine for your kiddos and an evening one. It is a must! Stick to it as much as you can. We are creatures of habit and the less we have to use our brain to figure out what we are doing next, the better – for everyone!

Slow Down

This goes a bit in hand with feeding your soul and rising early. I have found since we’ve moved to the beach that I have to have a slower pace to enjoy my day. It is not all about the rushing around and doing more. It is about enjoying your day, the small moments of joy that appear. If we are moving too fast we miss those. I will now purposefully break away from my desk at a moments notice to catch the sunset or go take the dogs to the beach. It is the best feeling ever. Even in the midst of motherhood we need to capture these moments.

Tidy the House

Yes, this is part of the equation to having a happier and more productive day. I love my Weekly Household Planner I created that helps mom just do a few things each day to keep their home organized and tidy. Do what you can and cross out the other stuff. I have moms emailing me several times a week saying that this planner has blessed them so much. They are no longer using brain cells to figure out what task to do, they just do what they can on the list. I am so blessed by this! So use a method that works for you. Do a few things a day and it won’t overwhelm you!

What is your biggest tip for having a happier and more productive day?

A Year in Review: Favorite 10 Posts of 2016

2
Jan
2017

A Year in Review: Favorite 10 Posts of 2016

I love going back and doing a year in review and seeing what posts you loved the most!  

Here is the collection. I know we have new readers. It always happens when the Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner is revealed for another year! New moms discover my site and I love that blessing.

We had a year full of adventure – selling our home of 9 years and 80% of our belongings and moving to a remote beach community. You can read more on that in this beachy post (it did not make the top ten – however, it will give you a bit more info on me and my family).

Grab a cup of coffee or tea and check out a few that maybe you missed. You can subscribe to receive my weekly blog posts delivered right to your inbox if you’d like too.

7 THINGS NO ONE TOLD YOU ABOUT MOTHERHOOD

7 Things No One Told You About Motherhood

MOMMY BURNOUT: A REAL REALITY

Mommy Burnout: A Real Reality

12 UPLIFTING BIBLE VERSES ABOUT GRACE

12 Uplifting Bible Verses About Grace

CREATING FIREWORKS IN YOUR MARRIAGE BED

Creating Fireworks in Your Marriage Bed

INSANELY YUMMY #21DSD CHOCOLATE ENERGIZING SHAKE

Insanely Yummy #21DSD Chocolate Energizing Shake

TRIED AND TRUE TIPS FOR SPENDING LESS

Tried and True Tips for Spending Less

SHIFTING TO A FRUGAL MINDSET: PAYING OFF DEBT NOW!

Shifting to a Frugal Mindset: Paying Off Debt NOW!

11 ALL-NATURAL KITCHEN CLEANING RECIPES

11 All-Natural Kitchen Cleaning Recipes

BECOMING A CALM, COOL & CONFIDENT MOM SERIES

Becoming a Calm, Cool & Confident Mom Series

CHEMICAL FREE HOT TUB MAINTENANCE

Chemical Free Hot Tub Maintenance

DIY Frankincense and Myrrh Lip Balm Moisturizer

22
Dec
2016

DIY Frankincense and Myrrh Lip Balm Moisturizer

I am rushing around getting ready to leave town to visit family, but I had to post this awesome DIY recipe for you. I know if we’ve been having cold and dry weather here on the (normally rainy) Washington Coast, that you all must be dry as a bone too!

Our lips have needed extra moisture and even our skin. This powerful DIY recipe has lots of good stuff in it and nothing you wouldn’t want. A good friend of mine shared a similar recipe with me and I tweaked it. Don’t you love that about making your own recipes? You can tweak and see what works best for you. I have been applying this daily to my lips, my son’s lips, and sharing with friends.

It also is fabulous for your dog’s paws. I’ve been putting it on our dog Molly every evening. She has a tendency to chew her paws and they get so sensitive due to the cold and ice, so this has been very helpful for her.

This makes a nice batch to keep on hand and you could even make some for gifts. I made a double batch, which gave me 50 small lip containers and a larger batch for lotion.

 

Enjoy!

Homemade Frankincense and Myrrh Lip Balm Lotion
Soothing and Moisturizing Essential Oil Blend for Lips and Skin
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup Avocado Oil
  2. 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
  3. 1/4 cup Beeswax Pellets
  4. 1/4 cup Shea Butter
  5. 2 Tablespoons Vitamin E
  6. 25 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
  7. 25 drops Myrrh Essential Oil
  8. BPA-free plastic containers
Directions
  1. Put avocado oil, coconut oil, beeswax pellets and shea butter in a glass bowl, and place that bowl in a sauce pan with water.
  2. Heat stove to medium low and mix ingredients together til melted.
  3. Refrigerate the mixture for about an hour until solid.
  4. Take a knife and begin breaking up the mixture and getting it to a creamy consistency, and appears fluffy.  Add the essential oils and vitamin E and mix well.
  5. Fill your containers and store
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