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!

 

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!

 

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 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

Pumpkin Picking at the Farm

 

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

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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

 

Selling Your Home The Oily Way

Preston and I are a Real Estate duo in Arizona. Somehow we haven’t gotten sick of each other yet! It’s so fun for us to share our passion for what we do, whether it be in Real Estate or oils. So whenever those worlds cross over, it’s extra exciting for us nerds. This crossover post is all about selling your home and how a simple smell in the diffuser may increase your chances of catching that buyer.

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Smells can influence action in a person. You smell the floral scents in the grocery store and may just run over and pick up a dozen roses for your kitchen. Or a whiff of something from the bakery will have fresh rolls in your basket in no time. Smells from your past can also immediately drift you into a nostalgic haze. What people think of first when planning an Open House is baking fresh chocolate chip cookies in the oven so the house feels like home when buyers walk in.

Contrary to that popular belief, cookies are not the best way to woo via the nose.  A study by Spangenberg, Sprott and Zidansek (2012) found that in fact, simple scents are the most effective way to get people to open their wallets and spend $$$$. The smell of cookies can be complicated to your olfactory senses by including many different scents all at once such as chocolate, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon etc. This study shows that just by infusing a retail store with the simple scent of Orange, sales increased by 20%!orangeArmed with that knowledge, Preston and I always bring our diffuser with us to every Open House. We diffuse Orange Essential Oil the most but we also like to try other citrus scents like Lemon (with 1 drop peppermint to make it smell like a spa). This does more than just help with the atmosphere. It can also eliminate other smells in the house that may not be too pleasant to incoming buyers ex) pets or the stale smell of a vacant home. If you are living in your home while trying to sell it, we definitely recommend investing in a diffuser and turning it on right before you know there will be a showing. We lend out diffusers to our clients for this use all the time. DSC_1830Ok so Orange Oil is no replacement for an actual Realtor doing a great job {give us a call 😉 }  but it can definitely give you a helpful little edge over the other houses for sale on the block.

Happy selling ya’ll!

 

 

 

DIY Fall Decor & Spray

I love allll the Fall things. I am what many people call “Basic” when it comes to this season and I am proud of it! A couple things I am NOT about though is paying $50+ for a fall wreath or inhaling all those “fragrance” chemicals from store bought packaged potpourri. Solution? DIY!

FALL ESSENTIAL OIL SPRAY

First, make yourself the yummiest fall spray using an essential oil blend. For me this includes the following recipe:

Cinnamon Bark – 10 drops

Clove – 10 drops

Nutmeg – 8 drops

Orange – 8 drops

*Some people like to add Ginger to this mix but I am not a fan so I will leave it out of my spray. If you like Ginger, then go for it and add 5 drops or so (to preference).

 

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Fill a 2 oz glass spray bottle with the oils first and then top it off with distilled water. You can use Witch Hazel or Vodka instead of water if you are feeling sassy. Shake before spraying.

I made the recipe a little stronger than most because I want the smell to linger and I will not only be using it for room spray but also as a potpourri spray on the following DIY projects …

FALL WREATH

You guys…. I spent $15.95 on all of this at Hobby Lobby. That is a far cry from the gouging I saw on the wreath aisle. Ouch! Do yourself a favor and walk on over to the floral section where the $4.99 (+40% off) bare stick wreaths are. Then load up your basket with the (40% off) individual decorations. Do a little DIY magic and vwuala!

Flower Power!

After you arrange and re-arrange your wreath the way you want it. Use the always handy hot glue gun to make sure everything stays right where you put it.Flower Power! (2)Now that you have your masterpiece together. Hang that bad boy on your wall or, in my case, front door and spray it with your already created Fall Essential Oil Spray. Now whenever you have guests over, they will be greeted with the essence of Fall…. Mmmmmmmm!

 

 

FALL POTPOURRI

I have been wanting a cornucopia since I learned about them in grade school. My Fall dreams have come true with this 40% off gem from Hobby Lobby and I am about to fill it up with some DIY Fall Potpourri Ya’ll!

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Choose the look of your potpourri first. I went with a mix of pinecones and acorns (purchased this way). I then added a little pumpkin and corn flare on my own. I know, skills right? You can add cranberries or dried orange peel or cinnamon sticks. Whatever is your jam, you do you!.

Super simple, you already have half of if done by making the Spray earlier. Put the potpourri mix in your favorite bowl, or cornucopia, and then spray the heck out of it. Make sure it soaks up all the goodness. Choosing wood items in your mix will help with this absorption. Shake your spray and repeat when needed.

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Feel like Martha Stewart yet? Well you should because you just killed the Fall DIY game. Give yourself a pat on your back and go snuggle up with a Pumpkin Spice Latte. You deserve it for not only being thrifty but also looking out for your health by ditching and switching those toxic fragrances for the goodness of EOs. Cheers!

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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.