Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Essential Oils

We love essential oils over here & we use them daily. From skincare needs to sleep & emotional support, there's an oil for that. I wanted to write a post to describe a few ways of how we use them. They have changed so much about how we do things in our everyday & it's definitely for the better.



I didn't really know a lot about essential oils at first but I kept seeing EO posts showing up on Instagram over the years. I saw how they had helped people with eczema or were being used in cooking recipes. Nothing really spoke to me until I was visiting a close girlfriend of mine and she told me about how she ditched all of her department store moisturizers & face creams and was using essential oils instead. Clearly I was intrigued. She explained that she was no longer buying lotions/moisturizers/etc. She had a skincare roller recipe she was using and nothing else. Not to mention her skin looked great! I was shocked. No more face lotion? Natural blemish control exists? How does this even work? I don't get it. 

So fast forward a year and a half later, and we use Young Living Essential Oils every single day. I dragged my feet for a long time and I felt cautious because I stepped into a world that was unfamiliar. I took my time, read my resources, and asked my oily friends allllllllll of the questions. Now that I have a really good understanding of how it all works, I chuckle at myself for taking so long to jump into the oily world! The resources + community that I have with Young Living is simply amazing.



Some ways we use essential oils:

Skincare: A few drops each of Frankincense + Lavender with a few drops of carrier oil (I prefer Jojoba Oil), is applied to my face every morning. I drop the oils into my hands and apply directly to my face. That's it! Jojoba oil keeps my skin hydrated all day. No dryness and very little oiliness (my skin used to be SO shiny). And these specific oils are anti-aging, help even out your skin tone and they smell amazing. Not to mention they are all-natural. No fillers. Just oils. (Young Living essential oils are 100% pure therapeutic grade oils.) I no longer use moisturizers from the store or expensive eye creams (which of course have a ton of chemicals and aren't good for you).

Sleep: I have all sorts of recipes for a good night's rest or a relaxing nap. My absolute favorite is a blend of Frankincense + Lavender + Orange. When I diffuse this combination we all sleep soundly & peacefully. A roller can be made with these oils as well and you can apply them directly to the bottoms of your feet, spine and wrists. (I dilute with a carrier oil.) And we use these oils on ourselves and our kids! Layla loves the scent of this combination and she helps fill her little diffuser every night. It's pretty cute.

Laundry: Did you know that dryer sheets are absolutely toxic? Sure, they make your laundry smell nice and feel soft, but they are actually laced with hormone-disrupting chemicals and carcinogens. Our skin is our biggest organ and here we are drying our clothes with these sheets that can cause skin irritations, respiratory problems, migraines etc. Take a second and Google it. I promise you, you will want to ditch them ASAP. So what do we use instead? Well, we use wool dryer balls and we add essential oils to them for scent. Smells amazing and no fake fragrances being used. And wool dryer balls cuts down drying time. You can also opt to add a little bit of vinegar to the washing machine to help soften your clothes. Dealing with static from the dryer? Add a ball of aluminum foil or dry your clothes at a lower temperature.



Cleaning: You can use Lemon essential oil to remove stickers instead of the dreaded Windex and Goof Off or Goo Gone (all filled with yucky chemicals). Young Living also offers an entire line called Thieves with natural cleaners and plant-based laundry detergent that's safe to use.

Air Fresheners/candles: If you haven't already heard, burning candles is actually toxic. Take a couple of minutes to Google why and come right back to learn the best alternative option. Hint: essential oil diffuser blend recipes & DIY room sprays. Just sayin'. ;) There are so many EO blend combos for every season, holiday, mood, etc. I share a ton of these on my Instagram account: @theoildroplounge. Need a recipe to feel more awake in the early mornings? How about a recipe for calm feelings + happy moods? We've got you covered.



Immunity & Wellness: To help boost my kids' wellness, I use a blend of Thieves + Frankincense + Lemon to help keep their immune systems working how they should. Essential oils help support your body systems and keep you above the wellness line. Think of it as preventive care like supplements and vitamins. These things don't cure you but they help support the way your body is suppose to work.

Children: Teething, tantrums, restful sleep, calm feelings, natural hair detangler, monster-be-gone spray, wellness, etc. Just. So. Many. Things.

Emotional Health: I'm a SAHM who works part-time from home through VIPKID. Being a mom/wife/teacher/ and running our household, can get a tad stressful at times. I'm good at what I do but even on the best days, I can still feel run down, stressed, discouraged, defeated, etc. Diffusing essential oils has helped to calm me down, clear my mind & focus. Of all the things that I love the most about oils, the emotional balance I feel from using them has been a game changer.



If you are interested in getting started with oils, you can learn more about the Young Living Premium Starter Kit HERE and how to order it. Honestly, this is the best way to get started. Each oil that comes in the kit has versatile uses. For example, I mentioned that lemon can be used to clean but did you know that you can also diffuse it to uplift moods & increase energy? Additionally, it can be added to a rollerball to help with immune system support. You can even add a drop or two to your water for a refreshing taste!!

You can also follow my EO account on Instagram, @theoildroplounge, where I share information about oils and my favorite diffuser & roller ball recipes. So many fun things, folks!

I hope you'll join me to learn more and begin to love oils as much as we do.


XO,

Catherine

Any suggestions made on this blog are very specific to Young Living essential oils and should not be used with oils from another source. Statements made on this website about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician. If you are currently on medication, please do not stop.

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