Traveling Oily

I don’t know about you guys but for us, the holidays include a long road trip every other year. Driving 17+ hours with two little ones is going to require a whole lotta Jesus, and a few oils.

Here is what I am packing and planning for this travel season…

ON THE ROAD

CAR DIFFUSER – Whether it is the clip on type that goes directly on your air vent (hello adorable YL diffuser this season) or its a cup holder mist diffuser, this is a must have! Thieves and Purification if you have a sicko in the family and you don’t want to breathe in their circulated germ air. Throw a little Lemon and Peppermint in there to keep you alert while driving. Drop a few drops of Release, Lavender, Stress Away or Peace & Calming if the kids are fighting in the back seat. Just make sure that the driver isn’t heavily affected by the sleepy properties of these oils (Starbucks run).

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HEAD TENSION RELIEF – Because, driving. Strict concentration for hours on end is bound to result in a little head tension. This is why I always pack a few tried and true oils to help out in this situation. M-Grain is the go-to in our household and we roll it on directly from the bottle onto our temples and across our forehead. Then take a big wiff of the bottle to get those good fumes directly to your brain. If you don’t have M-Grain, Peppermint and Copaiba are helpful as well.

GETTING ANTSY – Circulation is a big issue when you are sitting down for long periods of time. Grab a roller and make a blend, or put a few drops in a jar with lotion, to help get your blood flowing while driving. Cypress, Copaiba, Peppermint and Lemongrass are good oils to use. Rub your legs, ankles and feet with your roller or lotion before you start driving. It’s always recommended to take breaks to get up and walk around as well. This would be a good time to apply your oily concoction.

MOTION SICKNESS – I have always struggled with motion sickness, especially in the car. Citrus oils and Peppermint are great ones to grab when the feeling hits. Huff them straight from the bottle or make a roller to put behind your ears and on the inside of your wrists. You can also use Digize or Tummygize (Kids line) on your stomach to help tame that tummy. Rub clockwise with a little bit of carrier oil.

If you have all the following oils available, then definitely make this rock star roller ahead of time: Peppermint, Lavender, Frankincense, Chamomile, Myrrh and Ylang Ylang, 15-30 drops in a 10ml glass roller bottle topped with a carrier oil.

IN THE AIR

PERSONAL DIFFUSER: Young Living has a great small portable personal diffuser that you can pack right in your carry on bag and use at your seat. Press a button and a little puff of mist comes out and disperses. This is MONEY on an airplane for lots of reasons. Airplanes and their recirculated air will getcha when half of the plane is singing the same Christmas song (Oh Snotty Night, or We Wish You a Merry Cough-mas). Put a couple drops of Thieves in your diffuser and puff out a few times every hour and you will keep your own personal air space cleansed and purified. If you have a tough time sleeping on planes, put in a few drops of Lavender, Stress Away, Peace & Calming, Valor or Cedarwood and puff puff puff. You will be lulled to sleep.

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YOU HAVE ARRIVED AT YOUR DESTINATION

I don’t go anywhere overnight without bringing my Young Living Diffuser. We are going to be surrounded by a whole lot of people all day for 10 days straight and are going to need all the immunity tricks we have. Overnight, I will be diffusing Raven, Frankincense, Lavender, Stress Away and Tea Tree. Not all at once, but in different combinations to boost our immune / respiratory systems, and help us sleep. During the day Thieves, Lemon, Tea Tree, Frankincense and Citrus Fresh blends will be going in the main living space to purify the air and keep everyone above the wellness line. A diffuser is a huge tool in your oily arsenal while traveling.

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I also bring a couple of my favorite everyday rollers with me and keep them in my purse. They are 15-30 drops (kid 15 – adult 30) in a 10ml glass roller bottle

WELLNESS ROLLER – Apply along the spine and on the bottoms of the feet every morning / night and before going out to large public places. Frankincense, Lavender, Tea Tree, Thieves, Copaiba & Lemon are my lineup.

HAPPY ROLLER – Because, family. We all need a little WoooSah when we are surrounded by people for long periods of time. This happy roller is a little inner peace in a bottle. Apply to your inner wrists, over your heart and on the bottle of your big toes. Stress Away, Orange, Peace & Calming, Joy, Frankincense and Release are all great oils for this bottle. Bonus! These oils smell amazing and you can low-key be wearing your WoooSah roller as a perfume. In a pinch, or at night before bed, you can apply Frankincense neat to the bottom of your big toes to help you center yourself and relax.

TIP/TRICK – If you don’t want to bring all of your EO bottles, or if it’s just a short trip, you can put up to 30 drops of an oil in a small 1ml dram (comes with your Starter Kit). There are also great oil travel case options on Amazon or directly from Young Living. They have pockets to make sure the bottles don’t roll around or tip while traveling.

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We hope that you all have a very HAPPY HOLIDAY and most importantly, TRAVEL SAFELY!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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: BOTANA10 on their website botana.org for 10% 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!

 

 

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 🙂

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Mom-Brain-Fog…Mom-Brain, wait did I already say that?

Can you still call it Stockholm Syndrome when you are talking about your own baby and toddler as your captors?

As a work from home mom, I can sometimes go days without speaking face-to-face with another adult other than my husband. A lot of times during those days, we hardly leave the house. Just quick trips to and from school, errands or a walk to the park.

As a Realtor, there is no such thing as a typical “weekend” and so on top of the home isolation, the days start to blend together.

First of all let me start off by saying…I love working from home and I am blessed that I get to spend as much time with my kids as I do… but it can also really create a sense of isolation and roll in the brain fog big time.

I have been searching for ways to combat this brain fog and aside from working out, making additional intentional time for myself during the week, and creating a sense of community outside of my home, I have added a couple oils to my arsenal!

When I am sitting on the couch trying to break through the fog and get motivated for the day or if I am staring at my computer screen with a big ‘ol blank for too long, I now break out my new favorite oil, Clarity.

Clarity is a blend of Basil, Cardamom, Rosemary, Peppermint, Coriander, Geranium, Bergamot, Lemon, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, and Palmarosa. Clarity.jpg

This oil will wake you up and part the clouds that have been forming in your head almost instantly. It also may help you with memory retention, so bonus! In fact, one study out of the University of Cincinnati found that inhaling Peppermint oil alone increased the mental accuracy of students tested by 28%! All us moms out there know exactly what “Mom-brain” is like. Where are my keys again? Whether you sniff it directly from the bottle (my go to in “emergencies”) or you diffuse it in your workspace, Clarity will definitely live up to it’s namesake.

The next one in my Essential Rewards shopping cart is called Brain Power. I haven’t tried this blend yet but I am excited to after seeing my results with Clarity. Brain Power.jpg

Brain Power is a blend of Sacred Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Blue Cypress, Lavender and Helichrysum.

Talk about a powerhouse of an oil! This blend is high in sesquiterpenes which are terpenes that help carry oxygen molecules to your cells, including your brain! Research also shows that sesquiterpenes can help dissolve petrochemicals along the receptor sites near the pituitary, pineal, and hypothalamus, which leads to an increase in normal receptivity along those sites. An increase in oxygen + an increase in normal receptivity in your brain = no more brain fog! Yes please!

These two blends are specially formulated to pull you out of your funk and make you a much more productive human. I know that’s something I need from time to time so I plan on having them on hand. If you are interested in learning more or want your very own power boost in your pocket, reach out to us to order or get started with a Wholesale Account. As always, the best way to get started, is through one of our Premium Starter Kits. 

 

My Oil Journey

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I could throw statistics and graphics and studies at you all day that would convince you of the high quality, care, and perfection that goes into these oils… but I am not going to do that right now. (There will be some of that in later posts.) Right now I am going to speak from the heart of a mamma who just wants to do well by her kids, her husband and sometimes, most importantly, herself.

This world is scary! There is new information coming out every second about how that seemingly innocuous item sitting on your nightstand can now cause you cancer and kill you by the time you are 50 or how that one staple in your pantry is for SURE the cause of childhood development delays and OMG you have been feeding it to your toddler since practically birth…. there will always be something on the internet to place the fear in your soul that you are doing this all wrong. First of all you are not. Secondly, some information can be good and fruitful and fulfilling to our lives. This was oils for me.

I sat by watching my friends post about these little potions for what seemed like years but was probably just about 8 months or so and was envious of the mass of knowledge and expertise they must have to know what to do and how to incorporate them into their lives. My eyes were open to this world and I wanted it badly but was intimidated and quite frankly financially strapped to “jump into the oily life.” Christmas was coming around the corner and I decided to combine all my wish list items to just one, a Young Living Starter Kit. That was what I wanted from Santa in 2016. Why Young Living? I now know all sorts of answers to that question, but at the time I had a friend who I trust with my life who swore by them and that was enough for me. Geesh she is a smart one! It’s not often you hit the jackpot on the first try but that’s what this was for me. The quality, oh the quality you guys!

At first when I cracked open that Starter Kit I felt a bit lost because I didn’t think I knew enough to use them properly or concoct the various recipes that I needed to use to see a difference. What if I “did it wrong” or “used too much” or… or…(insert here). I am sure most of you have had that feeling or are currently feeling it right now. Don’t fret! There is a whole community of oily friends that are your instant BFFs when you start down this path. I am a part of a few great, heaven sent, groups on social media that lift each other up and share their infinite wisdom, experience, and Top Chef quality recipes. You too will have access to these amazing library of people if you join me in this journey. I have never been led astray and I learn something new every single day by searching in or asking the people of those groups. I also have armed myself, and those who purchase a kit through me, with additional resources of recipes/tricks/tips to use the first 11 oils of the kit and more. Don’t let this be the reason you don’t introduce these amazing potions into your life. I am here! This blog is here!

I started out right away making rollers, trying different diffuser recipes, applying on every body part and taking veggie capsules internally. Using oils in a way to support my family’s overall health, sleep, and mood. Ditching and switching products in my house. I had several “Eureka” moments early on that fueled my fire to take this seriously, research, and dig in. I truly believe that until you have a moment like that with an oil or a product you won’t really understand the hard truth that what we have been putting in our bodies is mostly crap and we actually can use pure God provided plants to help us with almost anything. I want you to have that moment too.

In this blog I will share my Eureka moments with you, pour out the knowledge that I have acquired from others and pass on all that I can to help inspire you on your own journey. Hopefully there will be a laugh or two along the way.

This is just the beginning my friends.