January 23, 2010

The Bug in Our House

It arrived unexpectedly as most "bugs" usually do. I heard the tell tale cough that turned into puking at about 10:30 and new I was in for a long night. All things considered, the night wasn't all that bad. I was fortunate. It was a long weekend. We had nowhere to go and no school. As it passed from one child to the next I just stayed in comfy clothes, kept my rags in the ready and had my washing machine working overtime.
I mopped my floor with hot water, Thieves Cleaner and a few drops of Purification. The combination smelled great and as I was going for both anti- bacterial and anti-viral this seemed like a good combination. As my kids got better, I had one looming fear. What if I was next? Typically not a big deal, but this time my husband was out of town on business. If I was down and out over the bowl, we were all in trouble.
What I love about using essential oils for myself is that I'm in control. I started giving myself a few drops of Thieves every couple of hours. I added Frankincense to a Balance and Complete shake. I diffused (and I will always be thankful to Erika for this) Thieves, Purification and Oregano all over the first floor of my house and in my bedroom which had become "sick bay" over the previous days. I never got the "bug" and was ever so thankful.
Then the sore throat started. I felt the swelling in my throat and the pressure in my head. My neck was stiff and I feared the worst. This was still better than puking, but my husband was still away and me being sick wasn't going to help anyone. I bumped up my Thieves intake and kept it next to my bed for middle of the night pain. (Thieves is great for numbing a sore throat) I started rubbing my Raven, Balsam Fir, Copaiba combination all over my neck and throat. While I don't quite think I'm in the clear yet- I'm well on my way. I'm tired but that probably has more to do with sharing my toddler's bed than my cold. One more day of "drinking" Thieves and a good night's sleep should do it. As we know- if Mom gets sick we're all in trouble!

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*These statements are not approved by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose or cure any disease. They only represent my experiences.

January 9, 2010

Fun With Oils....

My journey in using Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils began with, and has been primarily focused on, health benefits. Generally speaking, I'd say my experimenting has been fairly successful. My kids are healthy, colds don't last long, and it's been well over a year since 2 of my 3 kids have had a fever. Eczema and Asthma are well controlled without the use of daily steroids either topical or systemic. In short the two things to remember are that consistency is key (I use Thieves EVERY DAY) as well as catching any symptoms EARLY (like at the first sign of a cough or sneeze).
So- I decided to have some fun. I found a recipe for making my own Sea Salt Body Scrub. I love Sea Salt Body Scrubs, but hate paying $20 for a jar in Whole Foods. In the winter, the oils and salt help exfoliate my really dry skin and add a ton of extra moisturizing at the same time. I'm less itchy and get a little morning aromatherapy. In my first batch I used the YL blend Christmas Spirit which has orange, cinnamon and spruce and smells awesome! This little ritual has greatly enhanced the 10 minutes of peace I get each morning in the shower.
How to make your own: Combine a 1/2 cup of coarse sea salt, a little more than 1/4 cup of Avocado or Sweet Almond oil and 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil in a bowl and mix. This amount fits well in one of those little 4oz. Gladware plastic containers.
A couple of things to keep in mind: A blend such as Christmas Spirit works well here because it is diluted with avocado oil. If it weren't it would be hot on the skin because of the cinnamon. Body scrub can be slippery in the tub because of the oil so be careful. Also- do not use over any open cuts or sores as it may sting.
Have some fun mixing and feel free to share your findings!