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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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

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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For the Love of Candles

I have always been a lover of candles. Bath and body works was my jam back in high school and warm vanilla sugar was my scent of choice. In college I loved the candles with the wood wick so it crackled like a fire place. Oooo I can hear it right now just thinking about it. Covering up a stinky smell? Candle! A romantic dinner at home calls for a candle. Remembering loved ones that have past away also is a time to light a candle. There are so many reasons. So I was shocked when I found out just how harmful and pollutant candles really are for me. Studies have shown that chemicals and carcinogens are emitted from paraffin-based candles and the candles do not burn hot enough to destroy these harmful molecules, causing a toxic environment within your home. It has even been likened to lighting a cigarette inside. One article I found stated “Additional research from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finds scented candles produce more soot than unscented, the particles of which can infiltrate deep into your lungs and be harmful to your respiratory system.” What the what!? Don’t take my candles too!

My son has Asthma so when I found this out I was quick to ditch my candle stash. But I have a  solution: Make my own candles the safest possible way for my home… and have fun doing it!

Follow these steps and get creative with your choices of oils and containers. The combos are endless!

Step 1: Purchase 100% Natural Soy or Beeswax. These are much safer choices and do not give off the soot and pollutants that the paraffin mainstream option does. Also find the natural beeswax wicks to go with it. *Check the blog store for links to purchase online.

Soy Wax: Purchase Here  ; Wicks: Purchase Here

Beeswax: Purchase Here  ; Wicks: Purchase Here

 

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Step 2: Choose the scent you would like and pick out the oil combo to match. This particular time I was making a seasonal candle (Christmas Spirit & Pine), a citrus candle (Citrus Fresh), and a romantic candle (Sensation).

*Tip: You need to use quite a bit of oil to make sure the scent is noticeable. I suggest choosing from less expensive oil options.

Step 3: Choose your candle container (glass, ceramic, or metal) and prepare the wick by glueing the base to the center of the bottom of the container. Use a pencil or similar item to wrap the remaining wick and balance the wick in the center.

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Candle Making Supplies

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Step 4: Melt the wax in a glass bowl over boiling water in a pot on the stove. Continually stir until completely liquid.

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Step 5: Take your oil(s) of choice and drop desired amount into the melted wax. For a small candle (size of a mason jar) I suggest at least 20 drops, larger containers need at least 40 drops.

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Step 6: Use a funnel and pour the melted wax into your containers. Be careful to keep the wick in the center. Leave a little room at the top.

Funnel: Purchase Here

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Step 7: Let the candles sit for several hours (or overnight) so it can cool and settle. If you are in a hurry you can also place them in the fridge for a faster set.

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The end result is a fun/beautiful/creative candle for your home that is much safer to burn, and has a little more meaning to it.

**Bonus! This is a great gift idea that doesn’t take a lot of time to make, is tailored to the recipient with your oil choices, and is a lot more personal than a store bought gift.

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