How We Do Essential Oils

Essential oils are getting more and more popular everyday. But so is the controversy of when, where, and how to use them. You have several extremes: From ingesting them undiluted everyday to only applying them extremely diluted with no on under the age of 12 in the vicinity to not using them unless you are under the guidance of a professional aromatherapist.  I have read many articles and tried to sort through what I feel comfortable with when it comes to my family, so here it is!

Diffusing: I find essential oils are a much healthier option to scented candles, wax warmers,  plug-ins, and air fresheners, most of which contain synthetic fragrances that have been linked to cancer, birth defects, nervous system disorders and allergies…no thanks! Also, when using essential oils you can create your own blends and also tailor them to your needs whether it is just freshen the air, fight sickness, get motivated, or sleep deeper!  To diffuse essential oils you need to invest in a diffuser, which can double as a night light and humidifier (remember you don’t want your essentials oils to heat up as it damages them). I blogged about our favorite one here. We also use spray bottles with essential oils in our bathrooms for air fresheners and another blend for bug spray.

Topical: Another way to use essential oils is by rubbing them on your skin. I personally always dilute with fractionated coconut oil, not only for safety reasons but to help them last longer.  We apply essential oils to help with muscle pain from working out and growing pains, eliminate headaches, ease car sickness, fight viruses, open airways when congested, stop coughing, calm nerves, help sleep, heal cuts, and stop bug bites from itching. You name it and there is probably an oil for it! I pre-make most of these blends, or dilute a single essential oil, in roller bottles so they are already properly diluted and easy for everyone to use. I also add essential oils to to my home made deodorant, my hand soap, and use it in place of perfume.  There are different application points depending on what your goal is but some of the major ones are behind your ears, spine, chest, and the bottoms of your feet.

Internally: Here is where it gets really controversial! I personally don’t consume oils on a daily basis. They are very potent and I don’t want my body getting used to them so they will be more effective when I really need them. I do, however put them very diluted, in a capsule, and take them occasionally when the need arises. I feel they have to be safer and healthier than a lot of the prescriptions and over the counter medications I would be taking in place of them (have you seen the possible side effects?!). Oils have stopped many sicknesses in their tracks before the could develop into something that may need a serious medication.

What brand do I use?: I personally use Young Living. I love their rewards program and testing procedures. I also have some Doterra and like them too. I know their are some more affordable organic brands out there which I (if I didn’t get rewards from Young Living) would probably use except for internal use since I want rigorous testing on anything that potent going into my body. I store my oils on this shelf, but love the look of this one too!

My 5 favorite oils and why:  We love peppermint in our house! It is a very refreshing  scent and helps with so many things. I keep a roller bottle of it in my purse to help with car sickness, headaches, and itch bites. And when diffused it helps everyone focus and perk up. Lavender is next. It helps calm nerves and promotes sleep. It is also great on cuts and burns to help sooth and heal. Number 3 is Thieves/Onguard blends. Both are great immune boosters and are my go to for fighting sickness! Whether I add them to my cleaners and soap, apply them to spines and feet or gargle them they are amazing. Young Living’s Digize is another great essential oil blend. Rubbed clockwise on the tummy it can help calm nervous tummies or relieve upset stomachs.  Young Living’s Peace and Calming (or Peace and Calming II) is my favorite go for perfume and diffusing for fun. It is such a sweet, yummy, relaxing blend. There are so many more I love but I will save that for another post! Also, remember that everyone reacts and responds to different oils different ways. So try a little the first time and don’t overdo it!

What should you do?: Do your research and follow your instincts! If you don’t feel comfortable rubbing a certain oil on your child or yourself, don’t do it! Some people are more sensitive than others and may need to avoid certain strong oils or dilute them more than others. Also, remember that another carrier oil like coconut, olive, or almond , will dilute the essential oil, not water.  And if you are diffusing and the smell starts getting too strong in the room then turn it off, remember that your animals and children will be more sensitive to the strong smells than you.

I hope you found this article helpful and I encourage you to give essential oils a try if you haven’t already!

 

 

Keeping your children (and yourself) healthy during the winter months

As a mother of 4 children, sometimes I would love to just hide in a bubble and not ever go out and expose my family to all the germs, viruses, and yuck out there. But that is not possible and if I tried we all may go insane 😉 I know sickness is just part of life, but in years past we have done several things and DRASTICALLY reduced the amount of times we got sick and the severity of the sickness! This year I cut some of our protocol out and we felt the brunt of it and found ourselves sick several times…no fun! So here are some things we do to stay healthy!

  1. Delicious Greens! This is a vegetable and fruit powder we like to mix with milk. We love the mocha flavor but the chocolate is good too! It also has probiotics and enzymes in it! My husband has a whole scoop, I have a half, and my kids have 1/4-1/3 scoop each. It is so yummy it tastes like a dessert and could even be used to make hot cocoa! Click here to purchase it.  (If you take another vitamin you may need a separate probiotic as this is so important for gut health)
  2. Vitamin D- In the winter months we don’t spend as much time outside so we don’t get as much vitamin D from the sun.  Vitamin D helps your immune system stay strong so supplementing during with winter months can really help your family!  We add vitamin D3 drops to our delicious greens each day. For more information on how much you may need see the sources below.
  3. Cut the Sugar!– I know this can be super hard to do but sugar should be an occasional treat not a daily thing. Did you know that sugar cripples your immune system for up to 5 hours!? And this not only includes desserts but a lot of children’s snacks and even 100% juice acts as sugar in the body since it lacks the fiber and has been pasteurized which kills most of the nutrients!
  4. Wash Hands-Whenever we get home from a public place we all wash our hands really well. And don’t forget the baby’s hands since they love to crawl around and touch EVERYthing! Also, remember soap and water wash away germs and viruses that hand sanitizers sometimes don’t kill.
  5. Take off your shoes in your house-This keeps so many germs and viruses out of your house. Loose your shoes at the door and encourage your guests to do so also. (It will also cut down on your cleaning….bonus!)
  6. Essential Oils-We love our essential oils. We rub them, diluted, on our feet and spines when we’ve been exposed to sickness or are coming down with something. Young Living’s Thieves is my favorite but I also love DoTerra’s OnGuard. Frankincense is also one of my go-tos (make sure you are using pharmaceutical grade oils) . They are still a bit controversial so do your research and use your intuition of what you feel comfortable with you and your children!
  7.  Chiropractic Adjustment-Since the nervous system coordinates and controls all systems of the body, including the immune system, it makes sense that if the spine is not aligned then the body is not operating at its full potential.  Chiropractic care is especially amazing when it comes to ear infections. By simply adjusting the ears, which allows the infected fluid to drain,  most people can avoid antibiotics.
  8. Nutrition Response Testing-I am going to go into this deeper on another blog but doctors are able test your nervous system and see if it is functioning correctly, and if not, what is hindering it. Then they are able to see what supplement can help or what food may need to be avoided while your body heals. This testing can be especially helpful with chronic illness (such as food/seasonal allergies, asthma, constipation, ect) or an acute illness that you or your child is having a hard time getting over.  You can call 866-418-4801 to find a doctor that does NRT testing in your area.

I hope these tips helped but also remember that no matter what we do there are still times our children will get sick, and this is needed so their bodies can get stronger and learn how to fight off illnesses.  Also, remember that fevers are good, and the body’s way of fighting the illness.  So let kids be kids, get dirty, and be there to snuggle them when they do get sick.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and this is not medical advice 🙂

Sources

Vitamin D- http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/03/21/can-vitamin-d-cure-the-common-cold.aspx

Sugar-https://healthfree.com/nutrition-sugar-immune-system-foods.html

Chiropractic care-http://icpa4kids.org/Wellness-Articles/why-should-children-have-chiropractic-care.html

Favorite Essential Oil Diffuser

Ever since I started using essential oils several years ago I have tried many different diffusers. I definitely have some I like better than others, but the one I got recently tops them all! It. is. amazing! Here is why I love the Radha diffuser:

  1. It is glass, not plastic, which is great because over time the citrus oils can eat away at the plastics
  2. The base is wood so it it looks quality and not cheap
  3. It changes colors! Not only that but you can turn the light off (if you need it dark to sleep) or pick a color to stay on. So fancy 😉
  4. It has a removable glass top that can change the direction the oil diffuses
  5. It can can diffuse constantly or intermittently. You just press the power button once for constant and twice or intermittent. The intermittent feature is great because the smell doesn’t get overwhelming and lasts most the day!
  6. It also has an off/on button on the cord which I love
  7. It comes packaged in a nice box and includes a small measuring pitcher to easily fill it up with the right amount
  8. It is (currently) priced very reasonably on Amazon!

I hope you enjoy this review and if you want to purchase the diffuser just click here.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!