Day 30: Half Way There!

Woohoo! Half-way point!! In the past 5 days I’ve definitely had my worst days and best days. While I’ve done a better job of keeping up with my videos, I definitely haven’t posted here nearly as often. Certainly have had some good times though, especially with birthday celebrations and hanging with friends for the super bowl.

Anyways, here’s my youtube channel if you are ever so keen to catch up.

Otherwise, here’s Day 30. Ignore the crazy bandana. You’ll understand when you watch. ๐Ÿ™‚

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For the Love of Peppermint!

Ok, I know its still a little early, but who doesn’t think of Peppermint during Christmas time??? If pumpkin spice is the flavor of Fall, then peppermint is certainly the flavor for Christmas! I’m craving a peppermint hot chocolate now just thinking about it!

And if you think the candy is good, the essential oil is a BAJILLION times better!! It’s a staple in my home because it has so many uses besides smelling amazing!

Here’s why its so awesome!

  • With menthol being one of the key constituents of this oil, you betcha its going to open up the airways. And I’m not just talking a little tingle of clearing, I’m saying one sniff and WHOA! HALLELUJAH! So if your feeling a little sniffly, try a drop in a bowl of warm water, place a towel over your head and breath in :).
  • Peppermint not only can wake up those nasal passages, but it can also wake up your brain! It is great for mental focus and a pick-me-up during that 3 o’clock slump at the office.
  • It’s also great for minor aches and pains due to normal activity. Rub it in with some coconut or grapeseed oil to help in spread over a wider area.
  • Supporting the digestive system is another awesome thing this beauty does. When you’ve had one of those super good, super fatty, I feel over-stuffed, meals, peppermint can help move things along ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s why half the restaurants hand them out after meals.

I have a friend who’s daughter used it to improve focus during a test and said she definitely noticed an improvement in concentration!

Adding a 3-4 drops to a brownie mix recipe is sure to be a hit at your next party for sure! I know it is everytime I bring it!

And so much more! So, do you want to try a sample? Contact me and let me know!

Happy Wednesday!

Thieves Essential Oil Blend

Thieves! Talk about a versatile blend of awesomeness!! But why is it called Thieves?

Legend has it that back during the Bubonic Plague era, a band of thieves used this blend of essential oils and went around robbing the graves and dead bodies of all valuable items, without contracting the deadly disease. When they were finally caught, they were questioned about how they survived. They told the authorities that it was this blend of essential oils that kept them healthy!

So what’s in Thieves Essential Oil Blend???

  • Clove
  • Lemon
  • Cinnamon
  • Eucalyptus Radiata
  • Rosemary

Each of these oils are super high is immune system support and germ busting properties. It also makes an excellent cleaner that be used safely on any surface and is safe around you kids, pets, and families.

Check out this awesome experiment a friend of mine did with 1 drop of Thieves Oil on a piece of bread!! She put one drop on a piece of ordinary bread, stuck it in a ziploc bag with a damp cotton ball, and let it sit for two weeks. Check out the results!!

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Needless to say, Thieves is definitely a part of my family’s everyday routine. I usually diffuse it at night while I’m sleeping so I don’t even have to think about it. Plus, it smells amazing!! Add 3 Drops of Thieves and a Drop of Orange to your diffuser and I swear it smells like Fall!!

And here’s how awesome Thieves can clean! Check out this Video Kelly did testing Thieves Cleaner against Windex!

Anyways, now you know! If you’d like to find out how to get your own bottle of thieves, just contact me!

 

Testimony: Supporting Brain, GI & Emotional Health

Jennifer Burns shared her story today and I just had to pass this along.

Ok, I just HAVE to post. Warning, it’s going to be long, LOL. I’m new to YL and most of you don’t know me yet. A little background on me; I’m 44 years young, I’m a wife and a mom to 2 amazing boys and I’m a registered nurse. Unfortunately, I also have a terminal condition (inoperable brain tumor) and I’ve been pretty sick for the past 2 years. I’m so fed up with the medical profession and their inability to help me, that I’ve been looking at alternative ways to support a healthy lifestyle. I’ve mainly been looking to support my brain health, my emotional well being and my GI health. A typical day for me usually starts by waking up with violent nausea and a horrible, debilitating headache. I usually end up taking some Excedrin for the headache, Zofran for the nausea and Protonix to keep the Excedrin from making my ulcers bleed. Some days, the meds help and I’m able to actually get out of bed, some days not. I also have short term memory problems due to where my tumor is located. I frequently get lost in conversations with people and forget what we are talking about. I’ve not been able to use the stove for the last year because I tend to forget that I’ve put something on to cook…until I smell it burning. My reading comprehension has been around 2 to 3 sentences. Anything more and I end up re-reading and re-reading just to try to understand. Obviously, my quality of life has not been that great. I haven’t been able to work since December 2014 for these reasons.

In my quest to feel better, I’ve been researching EO’s in addition to other non-traditional health support. Last week, I FINALLY bought a [Young Living] PSK and got started. (I also went a TAD overboard and ordered about $1200 worth of oil[s] too… ๐Ÿ˜ฎ No, my husband doesn’t know yet. I’m waiting on my new oils to diffuse my Joy when I confess, LOL) Since that time, I’ve been reading up on how best to support my head and my tummy. I started off making a few rollers for brain support, using my DiGize, Copaiba and Peppermint for my tummy support and Frankincense and Lavender to support my emotional well being. I’m using the oils that I have on hand (and a few of my BFF’s YLEO’s) that are supposed to support those systems until I get my other oils. I just want to take a few seconds and brag and tell you how [the] last 7 days have gone:
First, I’ve been up and out of bed EVERY SINGLE DAY. My nausea and headaches haven’t been all consuming. I’ve not had to take even one Excedrin or Zofran this week. I haven’t gotten lost in a conversation in the past 5 days. I’ve been able to read a little more than a page at a time before I have to go back and re-read to understand. My thoughts are clearer and I’ve had so much more energy. (Not to mention how nice my house smells!!) I’m not sure how my next days will go, but I’m SO THANKFUL for the last 7!!! I think it’s fair to say that I’ve become an oil junkie. ๐Ÿ˜€ย …

Isn’t that AWESOME!! There are so many stories of essential oils making a HUGE impact on people’s lives!! Imagine how much of a positive impact that will have on her family and being able to spend more time with them! So, want to find out how essential oils can support a healthier lifestyle for you?? Let’s chat!

10 Tips for Cooking w/Essential Oils

I love cooking with essential oils! Not only does it add such depth of flavor and huge health benefits, I simply love that it takes a very VERY minimal amount of oil to add flavor, versus it’s normal counterparts such as herbs, spices, or juices.

So, here are 10 Tips for Cooking w/Essential Oils:

  1. Add 2 drops of peppermint to your favorite brownie mix for an even yummier dessert.
  2. Add 1 drop of Lavender to your summer lemonade for a fun twist on a traditional favorite.
  3. For a lighter, less intense flavor, dip a toothpick into the essential oil of your choice and swirl it into your batter, sauce, stir fry etc. You can also do this with beverages like tea or water.
  4. Add a touch of essential oil to cooking water for boiling pasta noodles, rice or potatoes. Or steam veggies with water and a drop of essential oil to flavor while you cook.
  5. When grilling, periodically brush meat, seafood, veggies or whatever you are grilling with a mixture of olive oil and a few drops of your chosen oil to continually flavor your food while also keeping it nice and moist.
  6. Hate zesting citrus? Instead, add one drop of any citrus oil (lemon, lime, orange, bergamot, etc) for each teaspoon of zest that your recipe calls for.
  7. Flavor sauces, marinades and salad dressings with a few drops of any oil that compliments your dishโ€™s ingredients.
  8. Mix a drop or two of your favorite flavor oil to your morning smoothie. One delicious combo is a drop of cinnamon bark in a banana smoothie.
  9. Add 1-3 drops of any citrus or other light and fresh tasting oil to your water bottle to make drinking your daily 8-10 glasses a little more exciting. Be sure to use glass, as plastic and essential oils do not mix well.
  10. Add a drop or two of essential oil to your hot tea. Copaiba is great in chamomile or rooibos tea sweetened with Blue Agave natural sweetener. Any citrus oil is delightful in green tea. Bergamot is one of the main ingredients in Earl Grey tea, so add a drop of Bergamot oil to intensify the flavor.

And just because we couldn’t stop there, here are a few more!

  1. Substitute essential oil for any ground spices in a recipe. 1 drop typically = 1 tsp.
  2. Add essential oils to homemade jams, jellies and preserves. Cinnamon Bark and clove are great for apple or peach butter while lavender compliments any berry, stone fruit or citrus flavored jam.
  3. Add essential oils to salsas and other dips. Lime is great in a classic tomato based salsa, and dill is the perfect addition to sour cream dip or bacon cheddar dip.