Oily Gift Guide

The holidays are coming in HOT and we need to jump on the train before it runs us over. Most years I am a procrastigifter (noun: a person who procrastinates gift shopping to the last possible moment and ends up printing off a picture of what WILL come in the mail the week after Christmas)

This year is different, Hallelujah! I have decided to share my love of oils and the benefits that come with them with all my friends and family members. Hopefully they won’t read this until after Christmas because SPOILER ALERT, they might be getting some of these things…. move along Mom…. move along.

I took major advantage of the Young Living November Essential Rewards promotions and bought almost all my gifts through my wholesale account. Some may call this a selfish move, I call it savvy, because I got back $196 worth of product FO FREE and yes I am keeping them. I also got back like $50 worth of points for a future order! Everyone wins here.

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Let me break down some gift ideas for you…

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The Manly Man

Need something for the man in your life? Try a Deep Relief Roller (Peppermint, Lemon, Balsam Canada, Clove, Copaiba, Wintergreen, Helichrysum, Vetiver & Dorado Azul) for sore muscles and pair it with a charcoal bar soap for a deep cleanse after a workout.

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The Extras

What about multiple teacher/babysitter gifts? Grab a bag of 4 chapsticks and 4 shower steamers, open them up, mix & match and throw it in a gift bag with a favorite relaxing oil like Lavender or Peace & Calming or a DIY bath salts jar.

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The Fast-Paced Friend

Know someone who is on the go a lot and needs a little self care? Grab the holiday gift bundle of Young Living’s personal diffuser and 5ml Lavender. Don’t like lavender? Pair the diffuser with another calming oil such as Stress Away or Peace & Calming. Do they travel a lot? Pair it with Thieves so they can keep the germs away on airplanes and in hotels.

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The Commuter

Does one of your family members have a long commute to work? Give them a beautiful car diffuser and one of your favorite oils. I suggest Christmas Spirit because it smells amazing and is full of “happy” oils to brighten their mood and their day.

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The Classic 

A classic gift is a mug with hot cocoa or tea. Spice up this one with a Vitality oil or two that tastes great in a hot cup. Peppermint for cocoa, Lemon and Thieves for tea.

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Stocking Stuffer Jackpot

Grab a set of oils to make up your favorite trio and put them in a candy cane holder.

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Allergy Trio – Peppermint, Lemon, Lavender

Immunity Trio – Thieves, Lemon, Frankincense

Beverage Trio – Orange, Lemon, Peppermint

The Christmas-aholic

Is there someone on your list who is a Christmas-aholic like me but has a fake tree? Get them a diffuser ornament so they can enjoy the true smells of Christmas without the allergies and mess of a real tree. Diffuse oils like Christmas Spirit, Northern Lights Black Spruce, Pine and Cinnamon Bark to put the magic in the air on Christmas morning.

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DIY

To go along with my awesome purchased presents, I am also going to DIY the heck out of some gifts for everyone. Here are great ideas that will make your people happy all while keeping your wallet in tact.

Super simple Christmas diffuser garland:

Take wool felt pom poms, yarn and a large needle and string them in whatever pattern you want! Tie a loop on each end to help with hanging. Pair the garland with a bottle of oil so your loved one can put a few drops on the pom poms and enjoy during the holidays. I suggest Pine, Northern Lights Black Spruce, Peace & Calming , Peppermint or Christmas Spirit.

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Find Supplies Here: Wool Felt Pom Poms, Yarn, Needle

 

Dryer Ball Snowman:

Package 3 wool dryer balls in a see through plastic gift bag and draw a cute little snowman face on it. Make a construction paper hat and a ribbon scarf and viola! Add an oil to round out the gift. I would go with something simple and classic like Citrus Fresh or Purification to eliminate odors. Thieves to kill germs.

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Find Supplies Here: Wool Dryer Balls

Or purchase pre-made Here: Etsy Page

 

Candle:

Candles are great because everyone loves them and you can personalize it to the recipient of the gift. Find the right container to speak to their personality and pick an oil that will help them with whatever they may need.

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Read our how to guide on making your own toxin free candles here:

For The Love of Candles

 

Bath Salts:

A mason jar of therapeutic bath salts is sometimes just what the Dr ordered. Most people don’t take the time to pamper themselves but they will carve out time to use a gift. I know I have a few people on my list that fit that category.

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Recipe: 1 1/2 Cup Espsom Salts, 1 Tbls Baking Soda, 15 drops Essential Oil

Find Supplies Here: Epsom Salts, Baking Soda, Mason Jars

Read more about therapeutic baths, including several recipes, from this past blog post:

Relax, Unwind & Soothe

 

Santa Baby

The ultimate gift for others or for yourself is the Premium Starter Kit. It comes with 11 of the most popular oils, a quality diffuser and samples of the Thieves Household Cleaner and Ningxia Red. Your wholesale account (included) allows you to purchase future orders at a 24% discount! Plus it comes with a personal Let’s Begin kit from us at Home of the Wise, and connection to an amazing community of oilers with a wealth of knowledge to get you started on the right foot.

Check out the details of the PSK here on blog: Young Living Starter Kit

Purchase Here & Make sure that your Sponsor ID is: 10737783 (Melanie Paramore)

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Whether you make your gift or buy a Young Living holiday bundle, you can feel good about your gift giving this year! You are bringing non-toxic joy into the lives of your loved ones.

**Keep your eye on this blog for upcoming announcements on Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. They are going to be EPIC!

Happy Holidays From Petey and I!

 

 

 

 

 

 

CBD For Your Pets

I know from personal experience that our furry friends can feel much less like pets and more like children. They are a part of our family. So when we see them going through anxiety, for any reason, it breaks our heart and we want to do everything we can to help.

Our Corgi, Zoey, went through a really hard separation anxiety period when her best bud, and our first dog Curby passed away. She took Curby being gone reallllly hard and could not stand to be alone when we had to leave for work. She would destroy anything in her path to find someone to be with. On TWO different occasions she ripped through metal chicken wire that I had put over the gate of our back yard, reinforced with zip ties. She shredded right through it in an anxiety filled fit and ran off down the street. We tried a few different methods of calming her, including the anxiety collars you see in the stores and nothing seemed to work. In fact, she ate the collar! Finally we ended up caving and got her another dog pal to keep her company. Enter Stewie into our lives. A couple years later I came across a few different studies about the benefits that people enjoy from CBD and how they could also help animals. It was such a relief to find a natural method to help Zoey with her anxiety, and from our experience, it really works!

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Dosing can be tricky, but method is not. Start by adding just a few drops of Hemp Extract Oil on a treat, let it soak in, then give it to your pet. No Problem! Serving size is what can be tricky, because even humans will react differently to different doses of CBD. Start by giving 3-5 drops on a daily basis, going up to 10 drops for large doses needed before traveling, fireworks, being home alone, or any other anxiety triggering time. (Use discretion based on the size of your pet.) If you are needing to save your precious CBD oil for yourself, your furry loved ones will get the benefit in non daily doses, but you might miss out on the benefits from extended CBD use including healthy coat, cancer prevention, arthritic pain relief and a reduction in inflammation. 

As always I want the best for myself and my family so we use Botana Hemp products. The Spygric process that Botana uses results in the purest extract on the market, making sure you get the benefit of ALL the cannabinoids in the plant.

Use our Coupon code: PRESTON15 on their website botana.org for 15% off your order.

**If you already know about this amazing company and want to stock up on their products, you can contact me personally for wholesale information!

 

Look out for a post from Melanie talking about all the ways you can use essential oils to help your pets as well!

 

 

Elevate Your Frequency

When you hear “the power of positive thinking” what do you think about? Some people are very invested in this philosophy and live by it, more power to you! Others are hesitant to play too much into it, I hear you too! Let me break it down into something simple everyone can get behind.

Everything is made of energy, we are no different.  That energy can be physically measured in MegaHertz (MHz) and is basically a measurement of how quickly our cells can regenerate in our bodies. Scientific studies have shown that in order for our bodies to stay healthy we need to stay above 58MHz. Disease begins when a body is at 58MHz, cancer happens at 42MHz and death begins at 25MHz. A typical healthy body will have a frequency range of about 67MHz to 78MHz.

**Additional info on the body’s frequency (quoted below) as well as amazing information on Biofeedback found here: https://bit.ly/2DlQtig

“THE HEALTHY BODY

Genius Brain Frequency 80–82 MHz
Brain Frequency Range 72–90 MHz
Normal Brain Frequency 72 MHz
Human Body 62–78 MHz
Human Body from Neck up 72–78 MHz
Human Body from Neck down 60–68 MHz

Thyroid and Parathyroid glands 62–68 MHz
Thymus gland 65–68 MHz
Heart is 67–70 MHz
Lungs 58–65 MHz
Liver 55–60 MHz
Pancreas 60–80 MHz

THE DISEASED BODY

Colds and the Flu start at 57–60 MHz
Disease starts at 58 MHz
Candida overgrowth starts at 55 MHz
Receptive to Epstein Barr at 52 MHz
Receptive to Cancer at 42 MHz
Death begins at 25 MHz

FOODS

Fresh Foods 20–27 Hz
Fresh Herbs 20–27 Hz
Dried Foods 15–22 Hz
Dried Herbs 15–22 Hz
Processed/Canned Food Zero Hz”

There are so many things throughout the day that will effect your frequency levels, What you eat, what you think, what you touch etc. For example, negative thoughts have been found to decrease the energy frequencies in your body while saying a prayer can increase them. They have even gotten pretty specific with it, saying that a negative thought decreases your frequencies by as much as  -12MHz while a prayer can increase it by +15MHz. Just touching a cigarette was shown to decrease by -17MHz and smoking one was a whopping -23MHz. All the more reason to put those down Ya’ll!

So it would benefit us all to increase those frequencies right?! I talk a lot about “Staying above the wellness line.” How do we do that?

To combat the inevitable negatives you will come into contact with during the day you need to be conscience of the positives you can accumulate along the way. Eating healthy foods (up to +27), surrounding yourself with positive people and using essential oils as a few examples.

Essential oils have the highest frequencies of any natural substance studied, with ranges from 46MHz all the way to 580MHz! You can use essential oils topically, aromatically, or internally to help support your body’s frequency.

See the chart below for measurements (in MegaHertz) of several Young Living oils.

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Negative thoughts sometimes are hard to put aside 100% so if you find yourself in that funk, catch it, stop it, and think about something that makes you smile. You have a new reason to do so! Easier said than done I am sure, so here are a few EO suggestions that help support a happy you.

Blends:

Joy – A blend of Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Lemon, Coriander, Tangerine, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Palmarose & Rose

Stress Away – A blend of Copaiba, Lime, Cedarwood, Vanilla, Ocotea & Lavender

Release – A blend of Ylang Ylang, Lavandin, Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood, Grapefruit, Tangerine, Spearmint, Lemon, Blue Cypress, Davana, Kaffir Lime, Ocotea, Jasmine, Matricaria, Blue Tansy & Rose

Valor – A blend of Black Spruce, Camphor, Blue Tansy, Frankincense & Geranium

Peace & Calming – A blend of Tangerine, Orange, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli & Blue Tansy

**Alternative – Take a look at the single oils included in these blends and mix/match your own or use one at a time.

Diffuser Recipes (in drops):

3 Orange & 3 StressAway

3 Citrus Fresh & 2 Frankincense

3 Lavender & 2 Frankincense

3 Lemongrass & 3 Lavender

3 Release & 3 Stress Away

2 Joy & 4 Orange

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References: Dr. Robert O. Becker “The Body Electric” & Study by Bruce Taino of Taino Technology, an independent division of Eastern State University in Cheney, Washington in 1992

Headache Level 10000000

As a mom of 2, with the little one only 9 months old, I experience my fair share of headaches. I saw this the other day and thought “yup thats where I’m at right now!” Screen Shot 2018-11-07 at 7.33.59 PM

Whatever the cause, I am sure most of you struggle with a headache every once in a while or possibly daily. Instead of reaching for the pill bottle to dull that ache, grab an oil roller, sniff a bottle, or jump in a steamy shower with a few drops of oil.

 

Here are some of my favorite ways to tame the beast:

Peppermint, Panaway & Lavender Roller (All in the Starter Kit)

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Start at one temple and roll across the top of your forehead to the other temple. You can also roll on the back of your neck and your big toes. Throw that sucker in your purse/pocket and take it with you to re-apply. You can roll it on every 30 minutes if needed.

M-Grain Oil Blend (Basil, Marjoram, Lavender, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Helichrysum)

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Sniff it straight from the bottle or put one drop in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, and then cup them over your mouth. Breathe in deep. Pop a roller top directly on it and roll across your forehead and temples. This is one of my favorites to put in a diffuser necklace when life must go on and you are on the run.

 

 

Oils in the hot steamy shower

If you have the time/ability to jump in a hot steamy shower, do so! Take an oil or two with you and drop 3-4 drops on the shower wall or floor where the water is not directly hitting it. Let the shower steam up with the oil and breathe deeply. My favorite oils to do this with are Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Lavender and Frankincense. Pick one or mix a couple together. Choose an oil and massage it into your temples and back of neck while you are in there as well. Just make sure it doesn’t get into your eyes.

 

Straight gangsta with a thumb to the roof of your mouth

This is when ain’t nobody got time for a shower and you need a clear mind now. Try putting 1 drop of Thieves or peppermint on the tip of your thumb and pressing it to the roof of your mouth. You can also do this with your tongue but that might taste pretty strong! Sniff that bottle of peppermint before putting the cap back on just for good measure 😉

 

Oils were definitely what got me through my pregnancy headaches since taking pills wasn’t an option. Your liver will thank you for backing off the pharmaceuticals and taking a chance on a natural way to relax your headache. If one of these oils/tricks doesn’t work for you,  try another suggestion and really experiment with it. Everybody’s body is different and you will find what works for you!

 

The ABC’s of CBD

I will be talking at great length as we go along about Botana CBD products. But I realized after my first post about CBD, that maybe I need to take a step back and explain this medicinal compound a little more.

Most of the major discoveries involving cannabis have come to light over the last 30 years or so. While studying the effects of THC and CBD, researchers uncovered the receptors in our body that bond to these cannabinoids, and labeled them CB1 and CB2. The interaction between the cannabinoids in cannabis and these receptors led to the much larger discovery of the endocannabinoid system. Long story short, this is the most under appreciated system in the human body. Other than insects, every living plant or animal has an endocannabinoid system made for processing these compounds, both from outside plants and naturally within our bodies.

The endocannabinoid system is responsible for maintaining homeostasis within the human body. This system is responsible for mental and physiological processes including memory, higher cognition, motor coordination, appetite control, emotional support, maintaining healthy bone density, and naturally preventing diabetes. There is still a tremendous amount of research that needs to be done on this system, as well as the compounds that interact with it.

One thing we do  know right now is that there are higher amounts of CB1 receptors in the brain, which typically bind to THC more easily. This is the compound that gives people the euphoric “high”. CB2 receptors are found more generally throughout the body, specifically the immune and gastrointestinal system. CB2 receptors also tend to bond easily with CBD. This could be the reason CBD has such a wide spectrum of medicinal uses within our bodies. New research indicates there might also be a CB3 receptor! As industry regulation eases, we will be able to research this system within our bodies more and more, as well as understand how they interact with different compounds.  Imagine what could it mean to the future understanding of the health of our bodies!

While we will probably discover more of these natural cannabinoids the more we research, for now the most plentiful source of cannabinoids is found within the cannabis plant.

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There are 113 Cannabinoids in cannabis. Many are in very small trace amounts, and most have not had the funding (or Government clearance) to be studied for their full medical benefit. Some of the most notable would be of course THC and CBD. But CBN is being identified as the cannabinoid responsible for the sleepy sensation, or CBG as the potential cannabinoid for treatment of gastrointestinal issues. Being able to isolate and studies these compounds could lead to a number of new treatments.

Without a doubt, the most medicinal compound that we know of at this time is CBD. It has virtually no side effects (might make you tired) and has a super long list of benefits including,  but not limited to:

  1. Antibacterial
  2. Inhibits cancer cell growth
  3. Neuro-protective
  4. Promotes bone growth
  5. Reduces seizures and convulsions
  6. Reduces blood sugar levels
  7. Reduces function in the immune system
  8. Reduces inflammation
  9. Reduces risk of artery blockage
  10. Reduces small intestine contractions
  11. Relieves pain
  12. Relieves anxiety
  13. Slows bacterial growth
  14. Suppresses muscle spasms
  15. Tranquilizing
  16. Treats psoriasis
  17. Vasorelaxant

There are a number of different delivery methods with CBD. I will be covering each of them in separate posts to help people discover the best way to use CBD for their body, or condition. As always if you are interested trying the most pure product on the market, use our coupon code, PRESTON15. It will give you 15% off already marked down prices on our online store Botana.org. Free Shipping After $50. If you are interested in wholesale pricing, you can contact us today for more info!

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