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!

 

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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

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, BOTANA10. It will give you 10% 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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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.

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