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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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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Starter Kit Oils Through The Holidays

The Young Living Starter Kit would make a great early Christmas gift from Santa (that’s how I got mine in 2016).

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Here is how it will help you get through these next few holiday-packed months

HALLOWEEN

** Kids hyped up on Candy? – Lavender in the diffuser or in a linen spray so their heads hit the pillow hard.
**Reeling from that amazing costume party? – Peppermint and Copaiba on your temples and back of neck, Digize rubbed on your stomach

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THANKSGIVING

**Do you have a big family that gets rowdy? – Stress Away as a perfume
** Ate too much? – Digize on your stomach
** Have that turkey hangover? – Peppermint & Lemon in the diffuser to wake you up!

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CHRISTMAS / HANUKKAH

** Stressed out from present shopping? – Frankincense on your big toes at night, Stress Away & Lavender in the diffuser
**Trying to stay healthy through the cold weather? – Thieves & Lemon in your hot tea or Thieves in your coffee grounds
** Want that “Christmas smell” in your home- Thieves, Peppermint and Stress Away in the diffuser
** Getting into the spirit? – Peppermint in your hot chocolate
** Sore from wrapping allll those presents? – Panaway, Copaiba & Peppermint rubbed on your muscles

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

**Want to be a mixologist for the night? – Throw Lemon Vitality in your cocktail or make a mimosa with your Ningxia Red sample
** Need help staying awake until midnight? – Peppermint & Lemon in the diffuser
**Have the sniffles from being out in the cold to watch the ball drop? – Raven on your chest or in the steamy shower
** Starting fresh for the new year? – Citrus Fresh to ring in a great 2019

Purchase Here if you would like to Treat Yo Self, or if you would like to be a Secret Santa to some lucky person.