What oils would Bob use?

Okay, it is easy to get overwhelmed when it comes to essential oils.  Where to begin?  Which ones should I get?  Which oils can I purchase that will not be too crazy expensive? I wanted to write about my top 10 essential oils that I think are indispensable… perfect for your family and for your first aid kit.  As we love the movie What About Bob.. here are some baby steps to help you start stocking up on some crucial essential oils.

Such a classic.. I had to add him in here. 🙂

Here are the 10 essential oils for everyday use:  (I have these in my first aid kit)  I am going to give you the retail price for each oil.  If you are wanting to buy the oils at wholesale price from Young Living… you just sign up to be a member ($40) and then you can purchase them for the wholesale price- 24% off retail.  You don’t have to do anything else… no selling, no required autoship.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy!  If you want to earn free oils.. you can be part of the essential rewards program.  That is totally optional though.   Message me if you want details on that.

My top ten oils:

Lavender

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Lavender is amazing… so versatile.  You can use Lavender for stress, burns, wounds, and to help you sleep.

Uses: Respiratory infections, high blood pressure, menstrual problems/PMS, skin conditions (acne, eczema, scarring, stretch marks) burns, hair loss, insomnia and nervous tension.   Price- $30.92 retail

Lemon

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Lemon is so great in helping your body become less acidic, helps purify water and is anti-parasitic.

Uses: Circulatory problems, obesity, parasites, urinary tract infections, varicose veins, anxiety, hypertension, digestive problems, and acne.

Safety: Avoid applying to skin that will be exposed to sunlight or UV light within 24 hours.

Price- $14.80 retail

Peppermint

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Peppermint is wonderful to have for upset tummies, headaches, inflammation and fevers.

Uses: Arthritis, respiratory infections, viral infections (cold sores and herpes) fungal infections, headaches and nausea.

Safety: Avoid contact with eyes and dilute when putting on skin.  Do not apply on infants younger than 18 months of age.    Price-$28.29 retail

Thieves

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I use Thieves everyday.   Great for colds, strep throat, infections, spider bites, cleaning and diffusing in your home to get rid of germs.

Safety:  this is a hot oil… make sure to dilute    Price- $44.41 retail

R.C.

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R.C. is my must have oil for winter.  This is wonderful in helping with decongestion, coughs and colds.  I rub on feet, chests and diffuse.

Safety:  Diffuse with a carrier oil when applying directly to skin. Should not use in children under 18 months.  Price- $28.62 retail

Di-Gize

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I use Di-Gize for upset tummies, food poisoning and any other digestive issues. If you have the flu… rub on bottom of feet and stomach.  (dilute this oil)

Use it for constipation, stomach ache, nausea, gas, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It also combats Candida and parasites in humans and animals!

Safety: Children under 5 years of age should not use this Di-Gize essential oil. Women who are pregnant and those who have epilepsy should avoid this oil.  Can cause irritation to the skin, therefore dilution is necessary.  Price- $43.09 retail

Purification

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Purification is great for keeping the mosquitoes away.  Helps neutralize insect/spider bites. Purification can be used directly on the skin to cleanse and soothe insect bites, cuts, and scrapes. When diffused, it helps to purify and cleanse the air from environmental impurities including cigarette smoke and other disagreeable odors.

Safety: possible photosensitivity  Price- $24.67 retail

Panaway

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PanAway is my go to oil for pain and inflammation. This is used for pulled muscles, bruises, sprains and broken bones!

Safety:  test first.. if sensitive dilute with carrier oil.  Children under 18 months should not use this oil.   Price- $42.76 retail

Valor

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Valor is called “chiropractor in a bottle”  This is used to help with back pain.  It has been given that nick name because it aligns our physical, mental and emotional bodies electrically in the body.

The smell is very soothing and calming! Valor is used for any back related conditions, including scoliosis and pain.

Safety: no known contraindications at this time   Price- $28.62

Frankincense

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Frankincense is a very special oil.. not only is it good for cancer, skin cancer, warts, head trauma, scars, and for wrinkles. Good for a concussion….also great when you are praying.

Uses: Depression, cancer, respiratory infections, inflammation, immune-stimulating

Price-$94.41 retail-  this is the most expensive out of my top ten… maybe one you get later.  I have had the same bottle for years…

The oils in this select collection will provide ongoing support for your home, health, and body!

Not only are these oils a great help to me everyday, but they will come in so handy in an emergency situation.  I highly recommend them all for your first aid kit!

So, don’t get overwhelmed… start with whatever oil you can and keep on with the baby steps!  You will be sailing on, with a full EO first aid kit, in no time…

“I feel good, I feel great, I feel wonderful”

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Here is where you can order.

https://www.youngliving.org/angelairene

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.  Be blessed… Angela

*Sharing experiences with essential oils is an effective way of learning to utilize these powerful gifts from Nature.  With this knowledge we can take control of our personal health.  However, we are required by law in the USA to state, “These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”

Killing the Candida Beast

I am really psyched to be writing this article tonight… if this can help someone like it helped me– that makes me very happy!  I was in the dark for so long… I probably have been dealing with Candida on and off for the last 18 years.  Once you figure out that this is what you are dealing with… you can then start the process to kill this nasty stuff.

What in the world is Candida?

Candida is a fungus, which is a form of yeast, and a very small amount of it lives in your mouth and intestines. Its job is to aid with digestion and nutrient absorption but, when overproduced, candida breaks down the wall of the intestine and penetrates the bloodstream, releasing toxic byproducts into your body and causing leaky gut. This can lead to many different health problems, ranging from digestive issues to depression.

Here are 10 major symptoms of Candida:  (there are more… including the inability to lose weight!)

1. Skin and nail fungal infections (such as athlete’s foot or toenail fungus)
2. Feeling tired and worn down or suffering from chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia
3. Digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, or diarrhea
4. Autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma or Multiple sclerosis
5.Difficulty concentrating, poor memory, lack of focus, ADD, ADHD and brain fog.
6. Irritability, mood swings, anxiety, or depression
7. Vaginal infections , urinary tract infections, rectal itching or vaginal itching
8. Severe seasonal allergies or itchy ears
9. Strong sugar and refined carbohydrate cravings
10. Skin  issues such as eczema, psoriasis, hives, and rashes.

I had many of these symptoms for a long time and had no idea that Candida was the culprit. I did go to the doctor (she was great) but misdiagnosed what I had.  I had terrible fatigue, but I shall spare you the rest of my symptoms… let’s just say that they were not fun.  As I love to do research, I happened to read some good articles on Candida.  I had a light bulb moment!  Finally.

I took the test that this article posted.  Here is a great website about Candida..this test will help you if you are wondering if you have Candida.  Take the test here: http://www.thecandidadiet.com/testingforcandida.htm  In addition to taking this test, you can have your doctor give you a blood test…
There are 3 antibodies that should be tested to measure your immune system’s response to Candida – IgG, IgA, and IgM. High levels of these antibodies indicate that an overgrowth of Candida is present. This is the most reliable test for Candida that you can find.

What causes Candida?

Antibiotic use
stress (stress spikes up your blood sugar and Candida feeds on that)
alcohol consumption
sugar
gluten
contraceptive pills

Well, isn’t that special?  Great…

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As I love to do research, I found out what I needed to do and got some information from a holistic practitioner. So, this process is going to take you about 3 months… I know that seems long, but once you get going– it is not bad.  I promise.  I would begin by eliminating gluten, processed sugar and alcohol from your diet.  Candida loves alcohol and feeds off sugar and gluten.  This seems hardcore, but it is so worth it.  Once I was off sugar, I don’t crave sugar anymore.  I really don’t even miss it.  Let your body adjust to this new way of eating before you start the other things.  You might detox a bit once you eliminate the gluten and sugar.  I would do a week of this first.  You don’t want to do too much at first because you don’t want to overload your liver with all the toxins.. toxins being released by the die off from the Candida. Now it is time to move in for the kill… you could take anti-fungal medication, but there are always side effects with medication and it is hard on your liver.  I was able to do this with all natural methods!

Here is what I did:

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**Drink lemon oil in your water daily.  This will help your body be less acidic.  Candida thrives in an acidic environment.

**Take a good probiotic.  Probiotics help crowd out the yeast. You can find at your local health food store in the refrigerated section.  You should continue to take this even when you are done with this regime. (take this mid-day)

**Grapefruit Seed Extract– this stuff is
amazing.  (take 3 tablets every morning)

grapefruit seed extract

**Candizyme- this is a product that will help detox the yeast out of your system.  If you can’t find this at your local store– you can find on-line.  (take this at night before bed)

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Start with this and let your body adjust.  You will probably have some symptoms of the Candida die off… but don’t give up!  They won’t last long.  I think my most severe symptoms from the toxins lasted about 3 days… I had a terrible cold, fever and fatigue.  I also felt like my head was in a vice grip.  It really depends on the severity of your Candida… some people may not experience such extreme die off symptoms.  If you are experiencing very severe symptoms.. just cut back on what you are taking for a while, so you can give your liver a break.  Make sure to get plenty of rest, drink lots of water and take some epsom salt baths. Once you have adjusted to this, you can add in some essential oils!

Here are three good anti-fungal Essential Oils:  You can put these oils into a clear capsule and take daily. Put a couple drops into a clear vegetable capsule.  Pick one of these below.

oregano

Oregano– a powerful anti-fungal… don’t take on an empty stomach. Oregano essential oil is packed with constituents that make it a powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic and immune simulating oil.  Because Oregano is a natural antibiotic– make sure to not overdo it on the Oregano.

ocotea

Ocotea Essential oil has shown great potential in lowering blood sugar, lowering cortisol, digestive support, and as a disinfectant, antifungal and antiparasitic. (this was my favorite to use)

mountain savory

Mountain Savory Essential Oil stimulates and revitalizes the nervous system. Traditionally, this oil was used as a digestive remedy specifically for diarrhea and colic. It’s antiviral, antibacterial and immune supporting properties make Mountain Savory oil effective against viral infections and urinary and gastro-intestinal infections. It is a natural remedy for vaginal yeast infection, Epstein Barr and herpes as well.

After the three months, you can continue a few of these things to ensure that the Candida does not come back.  I take garlic pills,(garlic is one of Candida’s biggest enemies)  Lemon Essential oil, Ocotea Essential oil, Coconut oil,(Coconut oil is a powerful anti-fungal)  no gluten and Probiotics daily.  I also try not to eat processed sugar and I really am careful with how much wine I drink.  I am thrilled to say that I did kill the Candida beast and I feel good!   No more nasty symptoms.

Good luck on this journey!  You can do it..  God Bless you!

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions.  Please note that I am not a doctor or holistic practitioner.  I am just sharing my experience with Candida and what I did to help heal my body.

*Sharing experiences with essential oils is an effective way of learning to utilize these powerful gifts from Nature.  With this knowledge we can take control of our personal health.  However, we are required by law in the USA to state, “These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”

Leaves are falling.. winter is coming.

Uh oh… clocks have to be set back an hour this weekend.  Not a big fan of it getting darker earlier.  I love summer and especially love fall weather.  As more leaves fall to the ground, it reminds me that my archenemy is just around the corner… the winter season!   I think a big part of my disliking winter is not only the cold, but the lack of sunshine.  My brain on winter is a seasonal affective disorder disaster.  Fortunately, I am much better than I used to be.  This is due to getting more of the things I needed for my hypothalamus and body to function better. I wanted to share some of my survival techniques that have really helped me and my family in the winter.

A few years ago, I ordered a NatureBright SunTouch Plus Light and Ion Therapy Lamp.  This little light box is amazing… I sit in front of this for 15-30 minutes a day.  It really makes a difference.  I ordered mine off of Amazon.

Sitting in front of my light box… getting happy happy happy.   light

Here is what it looks like from the front. A light box mimics outdoor light. Researchers believe this type of light causes a chemical change in the brain that lifts your mood and eases other symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder.

light box

Taking Vitamin D3 has changed my life in the winter as well! You can get your levels tested.. I got mine tested and I needed 7,000 IU!   Once I started taking the right amount, I noticed a huge difference in my mood.  I was not as cold and I did not have to sit in front of my light box as much.  Most people in this country have very low Vitamin D3 levels.  I use this Thorne brand (shown below) and you can also order from Amazon.  Did I mention that I am a Amazon Prime junkie?  Free shipping is pretty awesome.  (make sure it is D3 not just D)  I buy a spray Vitamin D3 for my kids from Dr. Mercola’s website.  It tastes good.

thorne

Vitamin D3 not only improves mood, but may help you lose weight. In a paper published in the August issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Anthony Norman, an international expert on vitamin D, identifies vitamin D’s potential for contributions to good health in the adaptive and innate immune systems, the secretion and regulation of insulin by the pancreas, the heart and blood pressure regulation, muscle strength and brain activity.

Access to adequate amounts of vitamin D is also believed to be beneficial towards reducing the risk of cancer.

Norman also lists 36 organ tissues in the body whose cells respond biologically to vitamin D, including bone marrow, breast, colon, intestine, kidney, lung, prostate, retina, skin, stomach and uterine tissues.

Probiotics..  What are probiotics? Simply put, it is the good bacteria that resides in your gut and battles infection caused by viruses, yeast, fungi and parasites. And it, like bad bacteria, is killed off with antibiotics, often leaving you more vulnerable for the next bug that comes along.  Probiotics improve your immune response. One of the main functions of healthful bacteria is to stimulate your immune response. “By taking probiotics and maintaining good intestinal flora, a person can also help to maintain a healthy immune system.

I have found this brand works the best for me… I get them in the refrigerated section at Sprouts.  They have a great kid’s brand as well.

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Eating whole food.. eliminating as much processed food and sugar as you can.  I am also gluten free and that has made a big difference in how I feel. Nice!  I can’t stress enough how important eating healthy food is.  It will strengthen your immune system.  Eating processed foods and sugar lowers your immune system and makes you susceptible to sickness.

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I have to give a shout out to my sweet mom.  She was so ahead of her time.  In the late 70’s and 80’s, it really was not the cool thing to eat healthy.  My mom would find these little hole in the wall health food stores so she could buy what she needed. Instead of a beautiful Whole Foods Mecca awaiting us… there would be a small, quiet and weird smelling store. I’m assuming that smell was from the bulk food bins which were full of yeasts, spices and other dry powders. Most of the time there was some bearded guy behind the counter and sometimes he would say, “Hey kid… do you want a piece of Carob?”  Um.. no.  I do not want Carob.  I think having a Carob bunny in my Easter basket every year was plenty for me.  I will tell you…. we really never got sick.  My mom always had healthy meals and snacks.  She went to Co-ops for Farmers Cheese and large tubs of natural peanut butter.  We would drive out to farms and pick our whole chickens straight from the tub of water the farmers had them in.  She would freeze like 50 chickens and we would have chickens for the whole year.  In fact, I am 40 years old and I don’t have any cavities… I am going to give all the credit to my mom!  Back then I would have killed for a white Wonder Bread sandwich with bologna. (my friends would never trade me at lunch) And now… I am so grateful to her. Those healthy lunches not only kept our immune systems strong, but it also taught us great nutrition.

I still don’t like Carob chocolate.  Let’s just be honest… Carob needs to stop pretending to be chocolate!  🙂

carob kiss

I mentioned in my last blog about the 4 Essential oils that we use to help fight sickness.  Thieves, R.C. Peppermint and Lemon– all powerful in helping you and your family out this winter.  Here is the link to that article.  http://wp.me/p3XIvS-4V

Last but not least… Exercise!  Exercise reduces stress and boosts happy chemicals! Exercise releases endorphins, which create feelings of euphoria and happiness.  If you exercise regularly, there’s a good chance that you’re helping to boost your immune system. In fact, recent studies have suggested that if you complete moderate exercise just a few times every week, you can drastically reduce the number of colds that you get every year. Outside of just keeping you in shape and helping you to become healthier over time, exercise can boost your immune system and help your body fight off harmful diseases and even something as simple as the common cold.

My mom still eats very healthy and is in great shape.. hope I can be in such good shape in my 60’s!  I definitely am not perfect. I still struggle to get my kids to eat healthier and I do have my fair share of chip and dark chocolate bingeing.  I think the goal is to try and do something every day to improve your health and to work on boosting your immune system with Vitamin D3, probiotics, whole foods, essential oils and exercise!  All of these things have greatly improved my winter experience… hope they will help you as well!

Here Comes the Boom

As I am the only girl in the house, we tend to watch a lot of boy movies for our Friday night movie night.  Even our puppy is a boy…I am outnumbered.  The boys love anything that gets their testosterone pumped up!  They love the movie Here Comes The Boom. (Kevin James is funny) So, I have been wanting to write about oils that powerfully fight all of the sicknesses that seem to creep in during the winter months.

Cue the theme song … Boom!  Here comes the Boom!

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Essential oils are immune supporting….bacteria and viruses cannot live in the presence of therapeutic grade essential oils.
Essential oils are highly oxygenating. Oxygen and disease can’t exist in the same environment.   So as we head into winter it is good to be prepared with essential oils… bacteria and viruses don’t stand a chance!

Here are the four essential oils that are in our arsenal every winter… Thieves, R.C. Peppermint and Lemon.

                                       

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Thieves Oil is a blend of five essential oils that are scientifically documented to be highly anti-infectious, antiviral, antibacterial, and antiseptic. Thieves essential oil is a safe and natural way to care for your family’s health. With the concern over swine flu-H1N1, global pandemics, and other infectious disease, this potent oil blend is a powerful way to support your family’s health and wellness.

Thieves oil is a blend of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Rosemary and Eucalyptus Radiata

Clove :Immune enhancing, powerful antioxidant
Lemon Oil: Powerful antioxidant, natural solvent and cleanser, supports circulation
Cinnamon Bark: High in antioxidants, supports digestive system, relieves discomfort
Rosemary Oil: Naturally energizing, helps to restore mental alertness when experiencing mental fatigue
Eucalyptus Radiata: Highly antiviral, supports respiratory system, antibacterial

I use this everyday… I use this not only when my kids are sick, but as a preventative measure as well.  I put this on my kids feet at night.  I diffuse in my diffuser daily.  At the first sign of a sniffle… this oil is going on.  If I start feeling like a cold or cough is coming on.. I will put in a clear vegetable capsule.  I will put about 5 drops in and then swallow.  Boom!  Symptoms disappear. 🙂

What are the Safety Precautions? Children under 18 months of age should not use this oil. Women who are pregnant should use caution. Can cause extreme irritation to the skin, therefore dilution is necessary. (not necessary to dilute when putting on the bottom of the feet)

This is what a size 00 Vegetable capsule looks like.

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R.C. is a fantastic blend of nine essential oils that are specifically designed to support respiratory challenges including allergies, colds, bronchitis, congestion and sinus inflammation.

R.C. oil

There are nine different essential oils in the R.C. blend.

• Eucalyptus globulus Essential Oil – has antiviral, antibacterial and antiseptic properties. It is a strong antimicrobial germ killer. It reduces any throat infection!

• Eucalyptus radiata Essential Oil (Black Peppermint Oil) is anti-infectious, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and an expectorant. It combats bronchitis and sinusitis.

• Eucalyptus citriodora Essential Oil (Lemon Eucalyptus) has anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious and antispasmodic properties. It decongests and disinfects lungs and sinuses.

• Myrtle Essential Oil (Myrtus communis) has antiseptic, antibacterial and decongesting properties. It oxygenates and expels mucus from the respiratory system.

• Pine Essential Oil (Pinus sylvestris) has antiseptic, antibacterial antimicrobial antiviral and expectorant properties. Dilates and opens up the respiratory system, particularly the bronchial tract.

• Marjoram Essential Oil (Origanum majorana) has antibacterial and anti-spasmodic properties. It reduces spasms and is relaxing to the body.

• Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula angustifolia) has analgesic and anti-spasmodic properties. It helps relief stress, sore muscles, menstrual cramps and nervous tension in the body.

• Cypress Essential Oil (Cupresus sepmervirens) strengthens the vascular system. It increases circulation and supports detoxification of the lymphatic system.

• Peppermint Essential Oil (Mentha piperita) has anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and pain blocking properties. It is soothing, cooling and dilating the respiratory system.

A couple years ago, my younger son, got a nasty cough… this sucker lasted for weeks.  I found out about R.C. and started using this on him.  Once I started using this, he started getting better.  I would rub this on his chest and back during the day… sometimes every 4 hours.  I would test first or use with a carrier oil if you are using for the first time.  It has a strong smell.  Really love this stuff!

Cough syrups are some of the most chemical loaded products with artificial colors and flavorings added. While traditional cough syrups are really drugs to suppress or force a cough, essential oils work with your body’s chemistry and not only build up your immune system, but they fight the bacteria & viruses causing your symptoms.  So, I think it is better to go the R.C. route for a cough!

R.C. is also good for the croup.  You can diffuse in the air and apply to the balls of the feet and the toes 2-3 times a day.

What are the Safety Precautions? RC should not be used by children under the age of 18 months.

Peppermint!  The entire plant contains menthol, an organic compound with local anesthetic properties which provides a wonderful cooling sensation while it naturally alleviates discomfort. It also has antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, insecticidal and antispasmodic properties.

peppermint2Did you know that a Kiel University study found that 10% of the peppermint oil in ethanol had the same result as taking a 1000 mg dose of paracetamol? Paracetamol is a widely used analgesic to combat tensions headaches, pain and to reduce fevers.

We not only use Peppermint to help with upset tummies, but we use it for a cold, cough and fever as well.  For the upset tummy, rub a couple drops mixed with a carrier oil on the stomach.  For sinus congestion you can put one drop on the roof of your mouth.  For coughs and fever rub a couple drops on the bottom of the feet. (the Peppermint helps draw the heat out when you put this on the feet for a fever)  You can diffuse this and will help with congestion.  For a headache, mix with your carrier oil and rub across the forehead, on temples and over the sinuses.  Be careful not to get this in your eyes.

(Best recipe for a fever:  Put a couple drops of Thieves, Peppermint and Lemon on the bottom of the feet)  That virus won’t know what hit it!

Safety precautions for Peppermint:  I would advise not putting on babies or very small children.  (under 3 yrs of age).  You could diffuse in the room.

Lemon oil is most effective in warding off or reducing the severity of a virus. You can also rub on the bottom of the feet to help reduce fever as well.

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We drink this in water daily (really reduces that gross phlegm) and then layer it with the other oils if they are sick.

**I usually don’t layer blended oils… meaning I don’t put Thieves and R.C. on the feet at the same time.  I will put Thieves, Peppermint, Lemon and Lavender on the feet together and R.C. on the chest.**

To sum things up..

  • Thieves is best for the flu.
  • Lemon oil is most effective in warding off or reducing the severity of a virus and helps reduce a fever.
  • Peppermint is best known for reducing or preventing a cold, cough or fever.
  • RC works well when it’s applied to the chest  or when it’s diffused or inhaled for sinus or chest relief.
  • Thieves and R.C. work well together to combat a cough. The essential oils can ward off the illness if you act quickly as soon as you feel the first signs of getting sick. These oils help reduce the severity of the sickness if you act after you’re sick as well.

Essential oils have helped my family stay healthier and recover faster (when we do catch something).  I am so grateful for them. They are truly God’s healing oils.  And with these oils as our weapons against sickness… it is only fitting to quote LL Cool J.  “Mama said knock you out!”

*Sharing experiences with essential oils is an effective way of learning to utilize these powerful gifts from Nature.  With this knowledge we can take control of our personal health.  However, we are required by law in the USA to state, “These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”

Clary Sage

Clary Sage  (Salvia Sclarea) essential oil contains natural Phytoestrogens. It has a mellow, warm, herbal scent that is uplifting and relaxing, making it a perfect choice for supporting a normal, healthy attitude during PMS.  It is also supportive for menopausal women.

Clary Sage aroma may relieve stress, relax the mind and balance moods.  Clary Sage essential oil may be used for Amenorrea (absence of a menstrual cycle in a woman of reproductive age) cell regulation, circulatory problems, depression, insect bites, insomnia, kidney disorders, dry skin and ulcers.
The French medicinal uses are for bronchitis, cholesterol, frigidity, hemorrhoids, hormonal imbalance, impotence, menstrual cramps, PMS and Premenopause.

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I have had to take something for my cramps every month for the last 25 years!  I used to get them so badly in high school that I had to take a drug called Anaprox.  After I had my kids, my monthly cramps got a little better and I was able to take Ibuprofen instead. If I did not take anything.. I would be in big trouble– lots of pain.  I also have some crazy PMS… I am not the nicest person to be around at this time.  So, I recently had to order a bottle of Clary Sage for my aromatherapy class.  I don’t know why I have never ordered this before?  Even after seeing so many results with essential oils, I think I did not believe that this oil could actually help my cramps and other issues.  It came at the perfect timing… I decided to try it and not take any Ibuprofen.  I am still shocked.  It worked.  I took a couple drops and rubbed on my abdomen (toward the ovaries) and also put some on the bottom of my feet.  I applied it twice the first day and twice the 2nd day.  No cramps.  After 25 years– no cramps!  In addition, I did not feel as irritable and I did feel more calm– amazing.

I really didn’t like having to take Ibuprofen and the reason being is that it has adverse effects being regularly linked to: anemia, DNA damage, hearing loss, hypertension, miscarriage and even influenza mortality An article published in Reuters, even went as far as saying:   Long-term high-dose use of painkillers such as ibuprofen or diclofenac is ‘equally hazardous’ in terms of heart attack risk as use of the drug Vioxx, which was withdrawn due to its potential dangers.  Oh my.

Here is an interesting historical fact: : Clary Sage essential oil has been nicknamed “clear eyes” because it was used during the Middle Ages to clear up eye infections. It was also widely used for “female issues”, inflammation and kidney and digestive disorders.

Properties: Anti-convulsive, anti-fungal, antiseptic, antispasmodic. nerve tonic, sedative and soothing.

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Clary Sage also helps with hot flashes.  Here is a testimony:   “For hot flashes, night sweats and insomnia, I use Clary Sage for its hormone balancing ability. I dilute like 15 drops of Clary Sage to 4ml of carrier oil. I keep this in a roll-on bottle by my bedside. Just one roll down the bottom of each foot and then a quick massage to work it in and I sleep through the night with no night sweats and no 2 am wake up.”  Diane

Well, I am really glad my experiment worked.. this is a huge blessing for me.  I hope that this can help with any symptoms you might be experiencing as well.

**Safety issues : Do NOT use in pregnancy. Do not use on babies. Avoid during and after use of alcohol. 

*Sharing experiences with essential oils is an effective way of learning to utilize these powerful gifts from Nature.  With this knowledge we can take control of our personal health.  However, we are required by law in the USA to state, “These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”

Lemon-Aid

Lemon (Citrus limon) has a strong, purifying, citrus scent that is revitalizing and uplifting! Lemon consists of 68 percent dlimonene, a powerful antioxidant. Lemon essential oil is  cold-pressed from the rinds of lemons.  It is estimated that it takes 3,000 lemons to produce one kilo of oil!  Lemons were used in Europe as early as 200 A.D. and were introduced to the Americas by Christopher Columbus in 1493.

Studies show that inhaling lemon can actually counter occasional feelings of depression. Lemon is also an important ingredient in natural cosmetics that may be useful for cleansing the skin and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. It is delicious to drink in water and I must confess that I am a lemon oil junkie! (Young Living lemon oil is safe for internal use)  Every time I get a glass of water, I add a drop of lemon oil to it.  The taste of lemon oil compared to squeezing fresh lemon juice into your water has a completely different taste.  The fresh lemon juice tastes more acidic and the lemon oil has a warmer taste.  You will have to do a taste test to judge for yourself!  🙂  As this is not very expensive, I tend to hoard this oil.  I don’t like drinking water without it.    I hope you don’t see me on TLC one day… getting an intervention from family about my lemon oil hoarding problem!

Just looking at a lemon makes me happy.

lemon tree

Lemon oil is not only wonderful to drink, but there are so many other health benefits. Lemon oil is anti-infectious, antibacterial (especially with spores), antiviral, antiseptic, and a disinfectant.

Lemon oil can help balance your pH.  “The ideal pH for human blood is between 7.4 and 7.6. Preserving this alkalinity (pH balance) is the bedrock on which sound health and strong bodies are built. When the blood loses its alkalinity and starts to become more acidic, the foundation of health is undermined. This creates an environment where we become vulnerable to disease and runaway yeast and fungus overgrowth. The naturally occurring yeast and fungi in the body thrive in an acidic environment. These same yeast and fungi are responsible for secreting a large number of poisons called mycotoxins, which are believed to be one of the root causes of many diseases and debilitating conditions.”

                                      Picture of mycotoxins… disgusting.

mycotoxins
“When yeast and fungus decline in the body, so does their production of Mycotoxins, the poisonous waste products and byproducts of their life cycles. There are numerous varieties of these Mycotoxins, many of which are harmful to the body and must be neutralized by our immune systems. When our bodies are overwhelmed by large quantities of these toxins, our health becomes impaired, and we become susceptible to disease and illness.

Many cancers have been linked to Mycotoxins. By balancing the body’s pH and creating a more alkaline environment, you can reign in the microbial overgrowth and choke off the production of disease producing Mycotoxins.”  (How to restore body to an Alkaline pH by Evelyn Vincent)

alkaline

Dr. Jean Valnet, M.D. and medical researcher, has stated that the essential oil of lemon acts as a liver decongestant and diuretic and is a powerful body cleanser.  Lemon essential oil is exceptional for the lymph system, stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, and spleen. The vaporized essence of lemon can kill Meningococcus bacteria in 15 minutes, Typhoid bacilli in one hour, Staphylococcus aureus in two hours, and Pnuemococcus bacteria within three hours. Even a 0.2% solution of lemon can kill diphtheria bacteria in 20 minutes and inactivate tuberculosis bacteria.

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Here are some other ways to use lemon:
**To clean non-carpeted floors, add 1/4 cup of white vinegar to a bucket of water. Then add 5 – 10 drops of lemon. If the floor is especially dirty, add several drops of dish washing soap. This will clean even the dirtiest floor.

**To make a carpet freshener, add 16 – 20 drops of essential oils to 1 cup of baking soda or borax powder. Mix ingredients together well and place in a covered container overnight so that the essential oil can be absorbed. Sprinkle over carpet then vacuum the powder up.

**Some essential oils can act as gentle stimulants to the limbic system of the brain by their scent, increasing alertness and concentration enhancing the capacity for learning, improving memory, and assisting many other cognitive functions. Lemon is one of these oils!

** Use 1–2 drops to remove gum, oil, grease, grease spots, glue and adhesives, and crayon from most surfaces. Tip: try a test area before to make sure you won’t ruin any finishes.

**To use Lemon oil in place of the zest of “one” lemon – use 8 drops of Young Living Lemon essential oil.

**Combine 2–3 drops with water in a 4oz. spray bottle filled with water to help cleanse and sanitize kitchen and bathroom surfaces.

** Soothe or prevent corns, callous, or bunions by rubbing 1-2 drops of Lemon oil on the affected area, morning and evening.

**Fill a bowl with cold water, add 2–3 drops of Lemon oil, and drench fruit and vegetables in the lemon water to extend the shelf life of fresh produce.

**Add a drop to your dishwasher before the wash cycle for spot-free dishes.

** Lemon oil may help brighten a pale, dull complexion by removing the dead skin cells. Simply mix a drop with your cleanser to help promote healthier skin tone.

**Rub 1-3 drops of Lemon oil to clean a butcher’s block or other cutting surfaces to disinfect those surfaces.

**Add one teaspoon of lemon essential oil to one-cup mineral oil for an effective furniture polish.

**Put a drop of Lemon oil on bleeding gum’s caused by gingivitis or tooth extraction to help with healing and disinfecting.

** Rub 4-6 drops of Lemon oil with 1 teaspoon of V-6 Massage Oil on cellulite, may improve circulation and help eliminate waste from the cells.  (Thank you, Young Living Oil Lady for these great tips!)

As you can see lemon is pretty powerful and it does come to our aid!

Here is a good lemonade recipe:

lavender lemonade

Fill a glass pitcher with ice cold water.
Add 10 drops of Young Living Lemon Oil
Add 1 tsp of pure stevia powder to sweeten. Or a couple tablespoons of honey.
Add 1 drop of Lavender (optional)
Stir vigorously and taste. Add more drops of Lemon, Lavender, stevia, or honey to your preferred flavor.
Fill glasses with ice, and stir lemonade well before pouring each glass.
Enjoy!

*Sharing experiences with essential oils is an effective way of learning to utilize these powerful gifts from Nature.  With this knowledge we can take control of our personal health.  However, we are required by law in the USA to state, “These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”

Purification

Due to all of our recent flooding… mosquitoes have been breeding like rabbits.  I guess they are really breeding like mosquitoes, in lots of stagnant water.  My boys either have soccer or football after school and both fields are by a lake or river.  Usually this time of year is so beautiful, but the breeding… you can actually see swarms of the mosquitoes in the air.  I ran to the car the other night and they literally pounded up against the window trying to take me down.  I find it strange that some people are not bothered by them.  They love me.  And they love my younger son.  He actually swells up pretty badly when he gets bitten.

I think they are about this size.

mosquito

This has led me to write about the oil called Purification.

purification picture

Purification is a blend of:

Citronella
Citronella has antispasmodic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, insecticidal. sanitizing, antiseptic, and deodorizing properties.

Rosemary
Rosemary may help balance heart function, it also may energize the solar plexus, and reduce mental fatigue. It may stimulate the nerves and improve circulation. It is also anti-infectious and antiseptic.

Myrtle
Myrtle is a decongestant of the respiratory system. It may help improve oxygenation and work as an expectorant in discharging mucus. It is an antibacterial and an antiseptic as well as elevating and euphoric.

Melaleuca
Melaleuca may balance heart function and act as cleanser and detoxifier of the blood. It also has antifungal, antibacterial, antiseptic, immune-stimulant, anti-infectious and antiviral properties.

Lemongrass
Lemongrass is a vasodilator, antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and sedative. It may help improve circulation, increase the flow of oxygen, and wake up the lymphatic system. It may also lift the spirit.

Lavandin (Lavandin is a hybrid plant developed by crossing true  lavender with spike lavender.  Lavandin, however, has a higher percentage of the molecule camphor which makes it a stronger antiseptic than the others. It has been used to sterilize animal cages in veterinary clinics and hospitals throughout Europe.)
Lavandin is an antibacterial, an antifungal, a tissue regenerator, and a strong antiseptic.

This blend helps cleanse and disinfect the air. The cleansing effect of Purification has also been found helpful for neutralizing mildew, cigarette smoke, and other undesirable odors. Purification is an excellent deterrent to bugs (MOSQUITOES) and is commonly used to soothe bites from various insects such as spiders, bees, hornets, wasps, and mosquitoes.

So, I decided to test this out… that was a little scary.  I really hate being bitten, but I really hate using all the insect repellents, due to all the chemicals.  One of the main chemicals used is DEET.  Now I know they say that small amounts are harmless, but why do I get the feeling that is not necessarily true?   DEET is absorbed through the skin and many people have allergic reactions.  DEET is toxic and potentially fatal if swallowed. High doses or long-term exposure to DEET have been associated with neurological damage.  This is why I would rather use something natural.  Purification is not toxic.  So, the other night I took a few drops of the oil and rubbed it everywhere on my body and my son’s body. (make sure your skin is okay with putting the oil on neat…test first or use with a carrier oil)  I’m sure people smelled the lemongrass as we went by.  And it did not give me a headache like bug sprays do.   I am happy to announce that in the midst of the swarming mosquitoes…. I only had one bite around my ankle.  I forgot to put this on my ankles.  And my younger son did not complain of any bites!  Wow.  Take that you nasty bugs!

Now you can use just a couple drops like I did or you can make your own mixture.

Here is the recipe to make your own repellent:  You can also add Thieves, Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint and Citronella to make this more powerful.  I found that Purification was pretty powerful on its own.

• Fill an 8-oz. spray bottle with 4 oz. of distilled water
• Add 4 oz. of witch hazel
• Add 10 drops of Thieves and Purification essential oils
• Add 5 drops of lemon, lavender, peppermint, and citronella essential oils
• Shake well before each use and spray a light layer on skin and clothing  (essential oils do not leave a mark on clothing- they are not greasy)

Here are some other ways to use Purification in your home.

*Remove paint/ink from clothing.

*Add Purification® essential oil blend to your washing machine to freshen laundry.

*Add 15 drops of Purification® essential oil blend to a gallon of  paint to mask the overwhelming chemical small. I have not tried this yet.

*Diffuse Purification essential oil blend to dispel unpleasant odors and clear the air of impurities.

*Add 8-10 drops in a small 4 oz spray bottle filled with water and spray to disinfect and re-freshen rooms, especially after cooking with strong smelling ingredients like garlic or onions.

*Add a couple drops of Purification essential oil blend to shoes to help neutralize odors.

*Add a drop to a mosquito bite or a spider bite…this helps heal it quickly.  Also, you can put a drop of Purification on a tick and it will be easier to remove!

You can also use this as a deodorant.  Um, I don’t think I have ever just sat, smiled and smelled my armpit.  Although it would be a nice lemongrass smell.  Another day I am going to write about natural deodorant and the dangers of Aluminum.

deodorant

I was really thrilled that my Purification experiment worked!  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about Young Living essential oils.

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**Note-  Purification contains citrus oils.. you should not use on areas of the skin that will be exposed to the sun or UV rays within 72 hours.  They may cause an increased reaction to the sun. **

*Sharing experiences with essential oils is an effective way of learning to utilize these powerful gifts from Nature.  With this knowledge we can take control of our personal health.  However, we are required by law in the USA to state, “These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”