Bow-Owch! – Oily Pet Care

A crazy 68% of U.S. households, or about 85 million families, own a pet, according to the 2017-2018 National Pet Owners Survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association (APPA). I am not surprised, because we love us some animals and have 2 dogs of our own, a Corgi named Zoey and a Chihuahua Dachshund mix named Stewie (pictured in the main photo).

The goal for us in using essential oils, and CBD oil, is to create a healthier happier lifestyle for our family using non-toxic products. If we use these magic potions on ourselves and our family members, why wouldn’t we extend that love to the littlest members, our furry kids the pets. Luckily we can!

Most oils are safe to use on and around your pets, but it is important to dilute essential oils when using them on our littles and avoid applying oil around the animal’s nose, eyes and genital areas. Take a look at the dilution guide below for reference and always start low and slow with introducing a new oil to your pet.

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Young Living even has their own line of pet products and oil blends specifically formulated for what your pet needs. The Animal Scents line. Bonus! … A portion of all proceeds from Animal Scents products goes to support Vital Ground, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the habitat of grizzly bears and other wide-roaming wildlife. Rarr!

A few reasons you may need oils in your pets’ life: 

Anxiety:

We touched on this in our “Calm Down Dawg” post about CBD oil and your pets, however there are great EOs you can use to help as well. On high anxiety days like the 4th of July or New Years Eve, or even every morning if your pet has separation anxiety, arm them with a coat of calming oil. Take a couple drops of essential oil mixed with coconut oil in your hands and rub it behind their ears and along their coat. You may also apply this mixture to the bottoms of their paws. The coconut oil is healthy for their fur and the EO will help calm them during fireworks etc.

**The Animal Scents line has an oil called T Away formulated for this exact reason. It is a blend of 20+ calming and happy oils to help your furry friend get through those moments of anxiety. Apply as stated above.

**If you have Lavender on hand, that is a simple oil that can help big time. Diffuse it in the main room to give your little one a sense of calm throughout the day.

Stinky Breath:

We love them, but don’t necessarily want their kisses all the time cuz PEE-YEW that’s stinky! There are several ways you can combat this problem using essential oils and YL products.

Oil in their water –  Put a drop or two of oil in their water dish so they can lap it up and tame that breath. The two best oils to use for this are Peppermint and Orange.

Toothpaste – All of Young Living’s toothpaste options are safe to use on your pet. I recommend the Thieves Aromabright Toothpaste. Apply directly with a finger brush (if your animal will let you).

Mouth Spray – DIY a mouth spray with the following recipe: 4oz glass spray bottle, 1 cap full of YL’s Fresh Essence Mouthwash, 1 drop of Peppermint or Orange and fill to the top with distilled water.

Pests:

Parasites – These pests can infest your pet’s intestines and do a number on their system. Animal Scents ParaGize is a blend of Ginger, Spearmint, Peppermint, Lemongrass and others to help support your animal’s digestive system and keep it above the wellness line. Take 1 or two drops with a carrier oil and rub it on your pet’s stomach in a clockwise fashion. Make sure to dilute for smaller species/animals.

Fleas / Ticks / Bugs – Let your pet roam free outside with the knowledge that they are protected from irritating pests with the Animal Scents blend RepelAroma. This blend is similar to what you would use for your own bug spray. Made with Citronella, Idaho Tansy, Palo Santo, and Tea Tree oils you can either make a spray to have handy or rub on their coat with 2-4 drops and a carrier oil. If you are comfortable with it you can also add a couple drops to their water bowl and allow them to drink the oils.

Wound Care:

Our four legged pals may get a little adventurous or rough house around and end up with a cut or scratch that needs attention. The last three oils in the Animal Scents oil line are made to work together in a 3-part-system to help support the healing of wounds on your animal. Make sure to wait a few minutes between each application of oil on your pet. Let the body absorb the previous oil and watch for any reaction before moving onto the next.

  1. PuriClean helps with purifying and cleansing the wound area to prep it for healing. It is made with oils such as Lemongrass, Cistus, Tea Tree and Pachouli to name a few. Pop a roller top onto the bottle to apply directly to the area of concern for a larger pet or drop 1-2 drops in your hand with a carrier oil to apply on those that need dilution. You can also add 8-10 drops in a 1 oz spray bottle with distilled water for a quick skin-cleansing spritz.
  2. InfectAway does exactly what the name says! This blend helps to keep harmful infections at bay and supports a healthy recovery. You will find oils like Myrrh, Palo Santo, and Octotea in this blend, along with a few other power house oils. You can use 1-2 drops topically on the area after you apply PuriClean or make another spray bottle with the same dilution ratio as stated above.
  3. MendWell is the last oil to apply. It will help with proper blood flow to the wound, which we know is key to the healing process. This blend includes oils like Lavender, Hyssop, Hinoki, Frankincense and Myrrh. Application is the same as before. You can either apply directly via a roller top, dilute in your hand, or you can make your own spray.

And More!

The love that Young Living has for your pets doesn’t end there. There are several other animal centric products that they carry. All non-toxic so you can make sure your little buddy has only the best. These products include dental chews, cat treats, shampoo and ointment.

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**Life hack – This ointment is amazing for humans as well. I use it on my dry/cracked hands and it’s a lifesaver. It’s a great alternative to the regular line rose ointment which is a little pricer.

In your quest for doing what is best for your pet, we hope that you consider trying these all natural products. You can purchase the Animal Scents line through your Young Living wholesale account (if you have one) or contact us directly to sign up for one today!

 

Yes! I want a Young Living Starter Kit!

 

 

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Non-Toxic Laundry Tips? Don’t Leave Me Hangin’!

For years now we have been using free and clear laundry detergent to make sure that we are eliminating as many chemicals in our household as possible. Some of the worst offenders to our health are the chemicals that we come into contact with on a daily basis. Chemicals that we are willingly putting into our bodies via our largest organ, the skin. Dangers found in lotions, soaps, and laundry detergents just to name a few. This is a simple switch that you can do (most stores will have free and clear brands as an option for comparable prices) and you can feel good about taking a proactive step towards a healthy future for your family.

For more info on the common chemicals and harmful ingredients in laundry detergent, all you need to do is Google it. There are countless articles.

One of the missed components of a free and clear detergent is the fact that there isn’t any scent to the soap. Therefore, if you are cleaning a load of stinky clothes, then …. well it’s harder to eliminate the funk. Those fragranced detergents are mainly just masking it with their scent. Raising a little boy, I started to realize that my laundry needs a little something “extra” to make sure that all the stink gets out and I am dressing him in clean, fresh smelling clothes.

Laundry Detergent:

Young Living sells their own Thieves line of Laundry Detergent that is plant based and completely free and clear.  To me, Thieves smells like Christmas, and kills all the nasty germs so I highly recommend it. Make sure you have a YL wholesale membership for your 24% off! Check out my post on the Premium Starter Kit for more info on grabbing a membership and kit – PSK

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DIY:

If you are interested in making your own, here is a recipe that I love…

  • 2 cups Super Washing Soda + 2 cups Baking Soda – I use Arm & Hammer brand for both
  • 1 bar soap (Dr. Bronner’s or Kirks) finely grated. I use a cheese grater
  • 20-30 drops YL essential oil. I typically use Lemongrass, Thieves, Lavender, Purification, Citrus Fresh or a combination of these.
    • I use Lavender in any of my linen loads and my kids clothes for calm and restful sleep
    • Lemongrass is a popular one for the classic clean laundry smell
  • Store in a sealed glass container in your laundry room.
  • Use 1 tablespoons for each load.

Do you already have a free and clear brand that you love? No problem! Add EOs directly to your liquid detergent cup before you dump it into your washing machine. I suggest adding about 4 drops to each load.

Dryer Balls:

What about those handy dryer sheets that soften and de-static your laundry? DITCH THOSE TOO! They are just as terrible for your health, if not more so, and there is a very easy solution…wool dryer balls!

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Purchase Here: Wool Dryer Balls

Reasons wool dryer balls are the answer:

  • Zero toxins!
  • You can tailor the smell to whatever essential oil you want. I love Lemongrass, Lavender, Purification, Thieves, Gentle Baby, Citrus Fresh and Stress Away. Just drop 5 drops of EOs directly onto the wool balls before drying.
  • Buy them one time, and then never have to again!
  • They are highly absorbent, quickly absorbing moisture from the clothes and cutting dryer time.
  • Less static! (Tip: to reduce the static even more, you can put a few safety pins on your dryer balls)

*Bonus – Just leave them in your dryer for the next load and try not to lose them in your pant legs… guilty of that happening a time or two.

Stain Removal Tips:

Spray your Thieves Household Cleaner directly onto the stain, sprinkle on some baking soda and scrub with an old toothbrush.

Make a DIY stain roller for on the go! Take a 10ml glass roller ball and fill it with straight concentrated Thieves Household Cleaner. Add 5 drops of lemon essential oil to the roller and pop the top on. Keep it in your purse for those whoopsies that happen when you are out and about. Untitled design (19).png

 

 

Cheers to ya’ll keeping the laundry smelling fresh, your skin healthy and clean, and the red wine in your glass!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homemade Playdough

My heart fills up whenever I am creating with my son. I was raised by an extremely talented artist of a mother and we always had materials for crafts in the home. Fimo Clay to make tiny figurings of our imagination, construction paper to build 3D playgrounds for our paper dolls, paints of every color to perfect our school projects. Crafting is a passion of mine and I want to pass that down to our kids.

So when it comes to playdough, why not make it, and make it better!

Paxton is 4 and loves to squish and squash playdough through his fingers, make snakes and boulders and build burgers to pretend to feed us. I love feeding his imagination. Tonight he asked if we could make purple playdough, and so we did….kinda grayish playdough… but the color is not whats important! (Purple Fail)

As with most things in our life, and this blog, I look for ways to incorporate the goodness of essential oils. Playdough is a great medium to add oils to. The batch I made included 10 drops of EOs, 7 Thieves and 3 Peppermint. This blend will put you in the Christmas spirit all while fighting off those nasty germs on your toddler’s hands. Both of these oils are included in the Premium Starter Kit.

Ingredients

1 Cup Flour12 Cup Salt2 Tsp Cream of Tartar1 Cup Water1 Tbs Veggie Oil

Directions

1. Combine all of the dry ingredients in a medium saucepan

2. Add all of your wet ingredients in

3. Put the pan over medium to low heat and continuously stir with a large spoon until it clumps around your spoon in the right “playdough” consistency (sorry really no other way to describe that…)

3.5. If you plan on making the entire batch one color, then go ahead and add your dye to the saucepan while you are stirring. It makes for a much easier time mixing it in. If you want to make several different colors, then wait and mix in after you have separated out your dough.

4. Lay the dough on wax or parchment paper and knead out any clumps that may be in there.

5. Add the essential oils of your choice, about 10 drops to preference.

**It’s better to add in the essential oils after the dough has cooled, as heat burns off the therapeutic benefits of essential oils.

Here are a few suggestions from the Starter Kit:

Purple Playdough – Lavender (I made this one for Pax’s classroom)

Blue Playdough – Stress Away

Yellow Playdough – Lemon

Red Playdough – Thieves and Peppermint (Christmas blend)

Green Playdough – Peppermint

Orange Playdough – Citrus Fresh

 

This is a great activity to do with your family members while you gather this holiday season. Keep the little ones busy as they help you make the dough, and then for hours playing afterwards!

Happy Creating!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

 

Thieves Household Cleaner

Go to the store and walk down the home cleaning aisle, or maybe there are multiple at your local store. There is a lot to choose from! How do we know what to buy and use in our homes? Is it brand loyalty to something you grew up with in your childhood home? That was my top way of choosing the items I put in my cart until Young Living entered my life and I learned about their line of Thieves cleaning products.

Before I knew about oils, I knew about the power of thieves. It was something that kept coming up, from the local stores who were selling thieves bath bombs to friends talking casually about thieves cough drops being more effective. It all clicked once I started this EO journey and saw the plethora of thieves products and researched the true history behind the blend.

Did you know that thieves is known as the “anti-plague?” This is due to the fact that during the middle ages, people would use the thieves blend to ward off the black plague with success. That’s compelling enough for me to throw it in my shopping cart any day.

Take a look at how Young Living’s Thieves Household Cleaner stacks up against many mainstream brands you may be using right now:

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Even better, Young Living’s Household cleaner is so concentrated that one bottle can last up to 6 months or longer, making it cheaper than the cleaner the average person is using off the grocery store shelf.

*Your Thieves Household Cleaner sample in the Starter Kit will make a 16oz glass spray bottle worth of cleaner that you can clean anything in your house with….and it’s safe enough to clean your baby toys or have your toddler help wipe up after you!

16oz Glass Spray Bottle: Purchase Here

Take a second and google the health risks of cleaning products. Scary, right?

The best part is the bottle of cleaner is so versatile that it can replace almost everything under your sink right now. Take a look at some of the ways to be a cleaning mixologist:

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Oh and I have saved the best for last…. IT SMELLS LIKE CHRISTMAS!

You’re welcome.

Can’t get enough Thieves?! Purchase an entire Thieves Starter Kit! Take a look below:

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Check out the details – Click Here

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.