I have used essential oils on and off since I first discovered Young Living when I was in college. I loved the blend called Valor and felt that it really did help me feel stronger and more balanced when I remembered to put it on my feet each morning. I also used geranium oil as deodorant, Peace and Calming blend as perfume, as well as the Joy and Abundance blends when the mood struck. At that point I mostly raided my mom’s stash, due to budget and convenience (thanks Mom!).
Fast forward about ten years and I saw a friend’s Facebook post about another essential oil company I was really curious about and had heard people loved. I signed on with a starter kit and tried many of their oils, both individual and blends, and I really enjoyed using them. However, since that company was started by former employees of Young Living, I noticed that many of their blends were very similar to Young Living’s, but not exact. I found myself wishing for those original blends I remembered loving years before. It is said that the olfactory sense is the strongest and triggers memories instantly. I have found this to be absolutely true, and when I signed on as a Young Living distributor a few months ago, I was thrilled to have those long lost scents back.
I have really enjoyed having the natural fragrances of essential oils around my family. We try to keep all toxic cleaning products and chemical fragrances out of our home and off our bodies because they give us all headaches but there is also plenty of research showing that volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are harmful in both short and long term exposure. While we are all exposed to some in our homes, it is best to minimize them by using non-toxic products without artificial fragrances. We haven’t used commercial cleaning products or artificially scented bath and body products for years, but I didn’t realize how much I missed having nice smells around my home! I’ve been really enjoying the fragrances of the oils in my home and on my body and I love that there are actually benefits rather than detriments to using them.
I think that essential oils are powerful tools that are very helpful to have at your disposal. I have really enjoyed having them in my life and I know my husband Mo and kids have as well!
Here are some of my favorite ways to use essential oils:
Valor and Abundance on my feet every morning for grounding.
Stress Away and Christmas Spirit (cinnamon, orange and fir scents) rubbed between my hands to feel motivated and positive before I head out of the house for adventures with all three kids.
Peace and Calming, Lavender, and Release on my feet every night to help relax before bed.
Geranium oil followed by Ora’s Amazing Herbal Blissful Earth powder as deodorant.
Lavender and Chamomile mixed with a carrier oil (I like fractionated [liquified] coconut) on the kids’ feet before bed.
Gentle Baby (a soothing scent containing geranium, rosewood, coriander, palmarosa, lavender, ylang ylang, chamomile, lemon, jasmine and rose) for all of us, anytime!
Frankincense and lavender on the back of my neck to support a calm mood.
Mo likes to use a little of the Northern Lights Black Spruce, Christmas Spirit, and Gentle Baby on his beard for a built in essential oil diffuser! I also happen to love it when I give him a kiss and he smells lovely.
There are many other blends that I like, and plenty that I haven’t tried yet but look forward to! The Young Living individual essential oils are great as well, especially those in their starter kits, which come with lots of information on how to use the oils, and a diffuser to spread their effects through your home.
I will say that with all the enthusiasm for essential oils (I’m sure you know plenty of people raving about them!) there hasn’t been as much of a focus on safe use as I would like to see. Essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts, and as such can have strong effects. There are certain oils that should not be used on young children (ie: eucalyptus), and oils that should only be used short term for specific purposes (ie: oregano). I recommend that you research safety guidelines, always dilute oils for topical use, especially with strong oils like cinnamon, lemongrass, peppermint, etc., and be careful when taking them internally, especially in water because as we know, oil and water don’t mix, and depending on the type, the strong essential oil droplets can irritate your mucous membranes. If you’re not sure, just ask!
If you are curious about essential oils or want to order some, please contact me and I can help you. If you already know that you would like to sign up you can go to this link and my information will already be filled in for you. If you are just starting out with oils I recommend the Premium Starter Kit so you can get a feel for the different oils and what you like to use them for, as well as a diffuser to spread their effects through your home.
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