An Apple A Day…

The season has begun where the sniffles, coughing and the dreaded flu creep into your home. If you are like us and have little ones then you are on extra high alert from the germs they bring home with them from school. How do we guard against the winter woes and make sure we make it to Christmas without a sick day?

In our house we thrive on all things Thieves, ingest cold fighting oils and Ningxia Red antioxidant drink as well as use our Immunity Roller daily.

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At the first sign of sniffles I start up the diffuser in our main common area of the house and I keep that sucker puffing away all day. I pair Thieves oil with a few other immune boosting oils such as Frankincense, Tee Tree and Lemon. You can also use Purification and Citrus Fresh to cleanse the air and help the unwanted germs from spreading.

The next step in our regimen is ingesting cold fighting Vitality Line oils like Thieves, Oregano & Frankincense. I keep empty veggie capsules on hand always and fill one capsule with 2-3 drops essential oil and a dab of carrier oil before swallowing. *I do not recommend that kids ingest oils in this manner.  Tip: If you pre-make your capsules, throw them in the freezer to keep them from leaking. Another way I ingest oils is by putting Thieves, Lemon and Frankincense in my hot tea or coffee grounds. 1 drop of each in a hot steamy cup is my go-to when I feel that scratch at the back of my throat.

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Ningxia Red is an antioxidant powerhouse of a drink from Young Living. Talk about giving your immune system a leg up! It is made from nutrient-rich wolfberry puree, superfruit juices, and pure essential oils like Tangerine, Lemon and Orange. You only need a small shot of Ningxia each morning for it to do it’s job. Tip: put it in the fridge to make it even tastier. If you have the single packets, throw a straw in the top and your kids will have a new favorite healthy treat.

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I love my oil rollers, for everything, but the one I make sure that I ALWAYS have on hand is my immunity roller. We use this roller daily, not only during times of sickness but also during times of health, to continue supporting our bodies. We apply the roller to the back of our necks, down along our spines, and on the bottom of our feet morning and night. If our son will be around other kids at the playground or going to a party we will apply right before as well.

Here are a couple roller recipes that we use to keep healthy or get over the bug quick:

Adult Immunity Roller (Starter Kit Oils):

10 Drops Thieves

10 Drops Frankincense

5 Drops Lemon

5 Drops Lavender

Kids Immunity Roller: 

5 Drops Tee Tree – Outside the Starter Kit

4 Drops Frankincense

3 Drops Lemon

3 Drops Lavender

*When your roller has Lemon in it make sure that if you plan on going outside, you only apply on covered areas of skin. Lemon oil is photosensitive and can irritate your skin when exposed to sunlight.

Last but not least, make sure you are wiping down anything and everything with Thieves Household Cleaner to stop that sickness in it’s tracks and keep it away from your family this season.

Ain’t nobody got time for that!

 

Ancient Frankincense

When I woke up this morning, I opened my bible app and was about to pick up where I left off. I had just finished the New Testament and recently started over with the Old Testament, when a certain passage I had read recently called back to me, here it is the from Genesis 1:29…

“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” 

You may have different opinions about the Bible than I do, but it’s very hard to dispute that it does not have extremely accurate detail about how our ancestors used a number of different plants. From anointing to healing, they had a very good understanding of how every plant could be used. I wanted to cover plants and oils from this perspective, because as my interest has grown in plant healing, so has my interest in the history of these plants. I think a really great spot to start would be with one of the most famous spices in the entire bible:DSC_3466

“Incense” is mentioned over 100 times in the bible, and it is often assumed to imply frankincense along with myrrh and other spices. However within the King James Bible, frankincense specifically appears 17 times. Here a few of the major examples:

  1. It was most famously brought to Jesus at his birth along with Myrrh and Gold as gifts from the Three Wise Men.
  2. God instructed Moses to take up Frankincense and other sweet spices, and to make a perfume that could be used inside the tabernacle for the congregation.
  3. During this time period Jews were to offer sacrifices to God in the Temples. Before anything could be offered, it had to have Frankincense poured onto it.

Frankincense is not only a “Holy Oil.” It has a lot of medicinal properties to it as well. One of the biggest uses comes when you just need some mental peace.

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You can use Frankincense in varying ways to help with many different ailments. Take it internally by filling veggie capsules with Frank and carrier oil. Put it on topically with carrier oil in a roller bottle or neat on your big toes. Diffuse it and inhale it aromatically. It is very versatile.

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We have been so blessed to see the positive effects from this oil personally in our lives.  **I highly suggest further researching the benefits of this oil. Start here: https://www.healthline.com/health/cancer/frankincense-and-cancer#benefits

One of our next oil purchases is to get Sacred Frankincense. Sacred Frankincense is regarded as one of the rarest and most sought-after aromatics in existence. Young Living’s Sacred Frank is the first Omani Frankincense to be available to those outside of the Saudi royals and the privileged Oman.

There are a few differences between Sacred Frankincense and regular Frankincense:

  1. The geography of the trees, Frankincense from the Boswellia Carterii tree grown in Somalia and Sacred Frankincense coming from the Boswellia Sacra tree in Oman. The Boswellia Sacra tree is believed to be the same ancient species that was given to Jesus.
  2. The difference in monoterpenes and a-pinenes. Regular Frankincense has upwards of 90% monoterpenes, and 35-45% a-pinenes. Sacred Frankincense has up to 93% monoterpenes, but a-pinenes is upwards of 85%. A-pinenes are a high influencer in bronchial support and your body’s inflammatory response. Therefore, you will find better results with Sacred Frank in those two areas specifically.
  3. Many use Sacred Frankincense in meditation and spiritual connection because it has a higher frequency than regular Frankincense.

 

*This month (November) if you spend $300 on Essential Rewards you will receive Sacred Frankincense, Myrrh, Christmas Spirit, Northern Lights Black Spruce, Nutmeg Vitality and a Christmas ornament diffuser for FREE. Message us for details.

Preserve Your Pumpkins

This post clearly isn’t about how to carve the cutest pumpkins, because well… you can see our skills aren’t up to par in that regard. But even if you have the most jacked up Jack-o-Lantern you still want it to last until Halloween. So this post is all about preserving those masterpieces and keeping out the rot!

Thieves Household Cleaner  is the king of clean, so naturally this would make a great cleanser for your pumpkin pals. Since it is non-toxic, you can have your kiddos help with the task of spraying the pumpkin and it won’t harm them or the flesh of the pumpkin. Add peppermint essential oil (a great anti-fungal) to the THC and top it off with water and you have yourself a pumpkin embalming spray.

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Spray Bottle: Click Here

Spray the inside and carved areas of the pumpkin regularly to keep it looking beautiful.

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*BONUS: This spray can also be used to clean around the house and make everything smell like minty fresh fall!

Happy Halloween! We hope you have so much fun picking out and carving your pumpkins this year

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UPDATE: Here is the pumpkin 7 days after carving. No mold in site!

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Testimony to Healing

– Written by Petey Paramore

*Disclaimer: Graphic photos included

As a small intro, my name is Petey and I am Melanie’s other half. I am excited to join my wife in this journey of sharing the knowledge of oils that we have been so blessed to find over the last few years. I was definitely a, self admitted, long term skeptic of essential oils when Melanie started her journey because I was stuck in a singular mode of thinking that our modern/mainstream way of living was all we needed.  I now think as a whole, people are really starting to wake up to the fact that there are different ways we can protect our health rather than consuming so many toxic chemicals or pharmaceuticals. A perfect example of that is essential oils and our “Heal” roller blend recipe.

Melanie shared our mutual “Eureka” moment with oils after our daughter was born via repeat cesarean. If you haven’t read that post, or need the “Heal” roller recipe, check it out HERE.

The thing that I noticed through that experience was how quickly the redness was receding from her incision area after using this healing roller 2 times daily. Normally after surgery, you see that puffiness stay for a while in the scars. In fact it can be a big issue for athletes, if the incision is in a bad spot (from experience). Watching her heal so quickly is what cemented me as a believer and I really dove into all this “hippy” stuff even more after I saw her results.

We definitely don’t want to keep this liquid gold secret to ourselves so even before this blog we told all our friends and family about oils and our personal stories using them. That is what happened with this next story.

Recently my father got awful news. He went in for what he thought was going to be a routine stint for a partly blocked artery. The plan was that he be out of the hospital by the afternoon, and my parents would be out in time to see a movie. Well that procedure didn’t go the way they hoped, and it turned out he needed emergency open heart surgery, triple bypass. The doctor said 99 out of 100 people would have had a massive heart attack in his condition! So needless to say I was a mess, In Arizona, 1,100 miles away frantically trying to find a way home in time to see him. It was the fastest 12 hour stretch of my life trying to move everything around to get out to Texas. While I was running around packing, my amazing wife remembered to make our “Heal” roller for my dad and the scars he would have post surgery. She thankfully packed it in my bag. After the surgery and a short few days post op, my dad’s chest scar looked amazing already. The surgeon had done a masterful job. But the leg that they had to get the vein from… not so much. It looked terrible. Well see for yourself:

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The Dr felt bad but they were having an issue getting the vein from his right leg, so they “quickly” went into his left leg to get a vein. Well this scar didn’t heal so well, constantly giving him issues. He used the hospital surgical soap as directed, but it was still puffy, irritated, not fully closed, and itching. He was reluctant to use the roller at first, as it was somewhat against the doctor’s direction. But thankfully,  my mom talked him into it. The results were even faster then my wife’s. The next morning, after the 1st use, both my mom and dad noticed a large reduction in the redness and swelling and a short3 days later it was a totally different scar!  Here take a look:

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To see and hear my dad get a full personal display of what these oils can do for their life is one of the more gratifying experiences i’ve ever had. My only hope and prayer is that someone else out there will read this recipe and use it to improve their own life. Trust me you will not be disappointed. Take back control of your health with these natural healing oils that have been used for thousands of years and continue to bless lives today.

 

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Plants Heal

One of my biggest “Eureka” moments with oils was right after having my second child. My birth story with my 1st was not the beautiful experience that a 1st time mom hopes for. We ended up in an emergency cesarean after 24 hours of labor and my Dr. delivered a 10.3 lb angel of a baby boy. Thank the Lord that everyone was healthy and happy but it also left me with a hard recovery and a big scar.

When we found out I was pregnant with our 2nd child, we already knew that it would be a repeat c-section. By this time I had introduced oils into our home and I was bound to have a different experience with my surgery recovery. I searched the knowledge of fellow oilers and I was gifted with this amazing roller recipe:

10ml Glass Roller Bottle

30 Drops Helichrysum  – Key Ingredient For Healing & Circulation

30 Drops Frankincense – Great for Skin in Many Ways & Anti-Infectious

30 Drops Juniper – Nerve Support, Cleanser & Diuretic

30 Drops Lavender – Anti-Inflammatory &  Skin Cell Renewal + 10000 more reasons

Top it off with a Carrier Oil

This is a very strong recipe. I would normally only have 30 drops in a 10ml roller for an adult’s every day use. I knew I would need a super roller so I ordered all of these oils and had it ready before our scheduled delivery.

I was in the hospital for 4 days postpartum and I did not use the roller during this time. I wanted to give my incision a little time to close up before introducing the oils. *Just as a disclaimer, the doctors and nurses did tell me not to put anything on the incision and you will probably get this same advice. I am not a doctor so please come to your own decision.*

Around day 5, once we were home, my husband helped me apply the roller AROUND the incision but not ON it. We did that at least twice a day for about a week. Once I saw a noticeable improvement, I started to apply the roller AROUND and ON the incision and continued applying at least twice a day. Preston and I definitely knew this was a world of difference in healing from my first experience but the validation came on day 14 when I went in for my 1st post operation check up at my Dr.’s office.

The nurse practitioner (who I hadn’t seen before at the practice) examined me and then checked her chart. She had a confused look on her face so I asked what was going on. She asked me “How long ago did you have your baby?” I told her “2 weeks.” She then said “There is no way. Your incision healing looks like it is at least 6-8 weeks post surgery.”

WOW guys! I literally giggled on the exam table and was so excited to tell her about the oils I have been using to help with the healing. She eagerly listened and said that she would have to share that with her other patients. I found out later that all of the nurses in the practice found out about my super healing incision from her.

This recipe can be used for all kinds of wound healing and scar appearance reduction. I have passed along this gold to others who have also used it with success (read Petey’s post about his dad HERE)

I hope that you can find as much happiness and gratification with this recipe as we have. Enough to giggle 🙂

Finlee