May 11, 2011

Spring Fresh!

Citrus Fresh is one of my favorite oils blends. The combination of orange, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, mandarin, and spearmint will energize your spirit and welcome feelings of spring and new possibilities.

I have put it in water (I get so tired of plain old water sometimes), diffused in the air, and just plain inhaled it. It can also be worn as a perfume for a fresh natural scent.When diffused, this proprietary essential oil blend both purifies the air and adds a clean, fresh scent. It's also great added to a home made sea salt body scrub, which I just LOVE.  some have used it to calm hyperactive children. I haven't tried it personally yet, but I think next time my kids are over the top I'll be giving a little foot massage (or three foot masages) and doing some more diffusing. Enjoy!

** With any Citrus based oils, do NOT apply to the skin before going out into the sun.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose, or evaluate any medical condition or replace and professional medical information.

May 6, 2011

Spring Allergies

If you live where I do and had the very wet and rainy winter/spring that led to a slow but now almost exponential pollen count, then this has probably been a difficult couple of weeks. If it has not, it might be soon. For years I suffered from pollen issues and have seen it get progressively worse each year with my own kids. Last year I tried using Lavender oil for my own allergies. (I continued to use an over the counter medication for my kids as it was going to be too difficult to monitor them using Lavender themselves in school). After the first sneeze, I take a couple of drops (you don't need more than two) of Lavender and put them in the palm of my hand. Rub my hands together, cover my mouth and nose and start inhaling. I had heard this works and was skeptical for a long time. Much to my surprise (a pleasant one at that) it works! After the first sneeze, I do this and am good for a couple of hours. I've also started diffusing Lavender in the house to release this natural antihistimine into the air. After such a long winter I hate having to keep the windows closed, but that seems to help too. My daughter puts a couple of drops under her nose and keeps a small vial with her in school to help through the day. There isn't much that can be done for itchy eyes, but I figure I'll take what I can get for the rest of me and use eye drops when I need to. Another thing to keep in mind: Lavender oil alone may not do it for you. There are some people who need to take two allergy medications in a day. One in the morning and one at night. If it were me, I would try Lavender oil to help reduce the need to take two medications in a day.

This information is for educational purposes and is not intended to treat, diagnose, or evaluate any medical condition or replace and professional medical information.

May 3, 2011

Necessitity is the Mother of Invention

This is a common thought and never more true than when dealing with kids. As I am not the type of mom who is constantly hovering over my kids, accidents happen. The latest in these was a ball point pen that happened to be near my computer. With that tempting writing utensil easily at the disposal of my 3 year old, what happened was bound to happen. He simply picked it up and thought writing on my computer screen would be fun. Well, my bad. I thought I could live with the pen on the screen (I was the one not watching him after all) but alas, I could not. I took a risk. Lemon works great on removing just about any pen marks. (I've had great success with it removing the ink from a permanent marker from my kitchen table). So, I tried it on my computer screen. Just a drop or two on a Q-tip and problem solved. My screen was cleaned and best of all not damaged. So, there you have it. Use Lemon oil to remove pen from your computer screen.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose, or evaluate any medical condition or replace and professional medical information.

April 13, 2011

Is There a Pill for That? Omega Blue

Omega Blue
There are good fats and bad fats. Omega-3 essential fatty acids found in fish oil are among the best good fats. Volumes of research confirm that omega-3 fats reduce systemic-inflammation and support cardiovascular, joint, eye and brain health. While eating more fish is one way to consume these essential fatty acids, it is important to note that fish is often polluted with mercury and other toxins. A great alternative to fish is to supplement daily with Omega Blue. Not only does this product provide a clinically proven dose of pure, un-concentrated fish oil, it is free from mercury and other toxins. In add addition to high-quality fish oils, Omega Blue contains our proprietary Omega Enhance essential oil blend with legendary Blue German chamomile, and Myrrh to support a healthy inflammatory response. Lemongrass provides cardiovascular protection and supports healthy cholesterol levels, while Clove and myrrh provide added antioxidant support.
The Omega enhance blend strengthens omega-3 fats and makes Omega Blue at least 10 times more stable
than other fish oils. What's more, a precision delivery coating triples omega-3 absorption by releasing
these stable, bioactive nutrients directly in the intestines.

This winter I have found much help from Omega Blue in my skin. Every winter as soon as the weather gets cold, the skin on my thumbs gets so dry and cracked it peels and bleeds. This year, I added Omega Blue to my daily supplement regimen and have sustained great results. The skin is much healthier than usual for this time of year and my hands are more comfortable.

*The information provided here is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose, or cure any disease. 

April 7, 2011

The Power of Grapefruit

Revive with Grapefruit     

Feeling sluggish?

*Mix 5-10 drops of Grapefruit with a pure vegetable oil and massage 
 the lymphatic areas or apply to the feet, armpits or back of the head. 

*Diffuse Grapefruit oil in the air. I love it mixed with Rosewood.
*Add a drop or two to your pure drinking water to promote lymph flow.

*Grapefruit oil has long been known as a fat-buster--. Dilute with pure vegetable oil (I like avocado) and massage on cellulite areas. Add 5-8 drops to a clear vegetable capsule and take daily.

Skin Rejuvenation

Revive a dull, oily complexion with a combination of equal parts Frankincense, Melaleuca and Orange oil.  These oils are uplifting to the spirit and emotions. 
These tips are from Everyday Uses for Essential Oils Compiled by Tamalu Watkins

*These statements are intended for educational purposes only and not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.

April 1, 2011

Diffusing Simplified

Benefits of Diffusing

The easiest and simplest way of putting essential oils into the air for inhalation is to use an aromatic diffuser. A cold air diffuser uses room-temperature air to blow the oil up against a nebulizer. This breaks the oils up into a micro-fine mist that is then dispersed into the air. The oils, with their oxygenating molecules, will then remain suspended for several hours to freshen and improve the quality of the air. The anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and antiseptic properties of the oils kill bacteria and help reduce fungus and mold. Essential oils, when diffused, have been found to reduce the amount of airborne chemicals and metallics as well as help to create greater spiritual, physical, and emotional harmony.

Recommended Diffusing Time
While a diffusers can run continuously until it is out of oil, the greatest therapeutic benefit is received by diffusing oils for only 10 minutes out of an hour so that the olfactory system has time to recover before receiving more oils. This also helps to conserve your oils. A simple way to do this is to use a programmable timer that can automatically turn on your diffuser each hour for 10 minutes.

Oils for Air Purification
Cinnamon bark, mountain savory, oregano, and Thieves , were all tested by Weber State University and were shown to kill 99.96% of the airborne bacteria present when diffused into the atmosphere.* I have diffused Thieves with Frankincense and Oregano at the onset of a stomach bug in my house and each time, that bug has not spread far beyond where it started, meaning that while some of us my get sick, we don't all get sick. In my house, the last one who needs to get sick is me.

Oils for the Season: Fall/Winter
Fall and winter connote an earthy, heavy scent, rich with the traditions and memories of the holidays.
Oils that work well during this time include: cinnamon bark, pine, cedar, cedarwood, fir, frankincense, juniper, myrrh, orange, sandalwood, vetiver, nutmeg, oregano, spruce, tangerine, and thyme.
Oils for the Season: Spring/Summer
Spring and summer connote a light, airy scent, full of life, energy, and possibly a hint of romance!
Oils that work well during this time include: cardamom, citronella, coriander, eucalyptus, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, lemon, peppermint, rose, spearmint, and ylang ylang.

Some of my favorite combinations
Thieves and Frankincense
Rosewood and Grapefruit
Purification and Lemon


*The information provided is from the Reference Guide for Essential Oils by Connie & Alan Higley, and from KID-Radio broadcast, March 5, 1996 with Lance Richardson & Gary Young

March 25, 2011

Spring Sports

Where I live, spring had sprung. And then it snowed. And today it's snowing again. Regardles, spring sports are getting underway. The newness of spring can be inspirational in many ways but if the body has spent the winter "at rest" it can take some adjusting to get everything back up and runnng smoothly again. It always did for me. Aside from sore muscles and shin splints, there is also the need to replenish the body from what it's lost. Here are some things to try to help ease the re-entry:
For sore muscles:
Rub PanAway into sore muscles to relieve the pain. The active ingredients in PanAway are stronger than the ones in Ben Gay and totally natural. Remember, the oil blend is hot so dilute with a pure vegetable oil and be sure to NOT touch any sensitive areas afterwards.
For shin splints:
Shin splints result from the continued punding of feet on a hard surface like a floor or running area. I was guaranteed to get them every spring during lacrosse practice, especially early in the season. There is very little that can be done for shin spilints, but I would suggest trying the following: Balsam Fir with Copaiba. Copaiba is highly anti-inflammatory and extreremly calming (it's also one of my favorite oils). I would also suggest BLM for bones, ligaments and muscles. I had been told in high school that shin splints were caused by the muscle separating from the bone. BLM will suppor healthy bone, ligament and muscle function.
Keep the body healthy: Aside from being sure to drink a lot of water, adding NingXia Red is a great way to repenish all those vitamins and minerals lost during working up a sweat. It has a low glycemic index so you don't have to worry about "sugaring up" your kids after a good healthy sports work out.

This information is for educational purposes and is not intended to treat, diagnose, or evaluate any medical condition or replace and professional medical information.

March 12, 2011

Winter Sinus Issues

The chronic winter stuffy nose. I have to say that it took me a while to figure this one out. The short version is that my son has suffered from a chronic stuffy nose from about November until the end of March for the past four years. We've tried various things, and until this winter relied heavily on prescription decongestants to relieve symptoms. This year, the prescriptions didn't work. I want back to the simplest remedy I could find and it has proven to be the most effective. I guess I shouldn't be surprised; the basics often work the best.The answer for us is a daily saline nasal wash with a netti pot. I got lucky. My son is happy to use it because it works. Not all kids are like this, but with as much as he suffers, clearly the ability to breathe better outweighs any discomfort.
I should mention a couple of other things. A stuffy nose generally speaking is not a big deal. Our problem is that when his nose decides to drain on its own, all of the mucous dripping into his throat leads to coughing. The extended and harsh coughing leads to asthma problems. As fas as I can tell, the best way to combat this is to keep the nasal passages as clear as possible. Most often I use just salt and warm water. However, I recently received this information about adding oils to the saline solution to create an even more effective nasal wash. Rosemary and tea tree oils can be used in a saline solution for a very effective nasal irrigation.

Here is the recipe:
10 drops rosemary
6 drops Melaleuca ericifolia
8 tbls very fine salt. (salt flower) 

The essential oils are mixed thoroughly in the fine salt and kept in a container. For each nasal irrigation session use 1 teaspoon of this salt mixture is dissolved into 1 1/2 cups distilled water. Then use the netti pot as you normally would.

This information is for educational purposes and is not intended to treat, diagnose, or evaluate any medical condition or replace and professional medical information.

March 6, 2011

The Lip

When you burn the candle at both ends, you have to expect that one of those ends will give way and you are left with no one to blame but yourself. Or at least that's the way it is for me. I know I should know better. My life is always busy, but there are limitations to what can be done in a 24 hour period of time and when I ignore them, my body promptly reminds me. For me, the result is a cold sore which is usually followed by an eye infection. Here's my typical protocol:
Thieves oil- apply directly to the cold sore on my lip as soon as I feel it coming on.
Longevity supplement- first I have to say that I love taking this and I love all that it does. The blend of oils in here: Frankincense (a general cure-all, anti-depressant, immune stimulant and anti-tumoral), Orange (limonene in orange oil inhibits and regresses cancer), Thyme (fends off bronchial attacks) and Clove (highest ranked anti-oxidant on Earth) all work together to rebuild what my own stress and lack of sleep have taken away.
Life 5- typically I don't have a lot of digestive issues, but I do know that stress can lead to an upset stomach and an imbalance in the natural and healthy bacteria stored in our digestive systems. These bacteria regulate our bodies. When they are off, it can lead to many things, including yeast infections.
As for the eye infection. There are no oils I can apply directly to my eyes (oils should not go in the eyes) but I recently learned that NingXia Red is loaded with lutein which is great for eye health. One of my goals for the spring season is to include more NR into my diet, espeically during times I can't help but burn the candle at both ends.
And to round it all out- sleep. Sleep is required for the body to maintain helath and repair itself and replenish. I'm sure I need more of it on a regualr basis, and therin lies another goal.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This information is for educational purposes only.

March 1, 2011

It's Been A While

Sadly, or perhaps not as I haven't really decided yet, it's been a while since I've posted here. I should probably start by mentioning that one should be careful of what one wishes for and using Abundance at the same time. I've been away from this site because I've been in a place of Abundance in my life. Busy with writing, being involved in various school activities, and doing my best to take care of my family. In those times, I've been able to share my passion for Young Living as well, but have not been adding to this site.
Well, I'm back and using my beloved oils to give me strength, inspiration, and good health. That said, I received the below several weeks ago and love Frankincense  so much I thought it would be a good piece to use to start. I've used Frankincense for everything from killing germs to fighting eczema to spiritual focus and most recently to help strengthen my nails. The winter is really tough on them and after having gel on them for 6 months, they need a little love.
So, here are some wonderful facts about Frankincense and all the ways it can be used and is beneficial. I originally tried it for one use, and ended up using it for something else, so you just never know. But it smells wonderful and I just really love it- plain and simple.

FRANKINCENSE (Boswellia carteri) was well known during the time of Christ as a treatment for a range of ailments. In fact, it is mentioned in one of the oldest known medical records, Ebers Papyrus, which lists frankincense in hundreds of prescriptions and recipes. It was considered more valuable than gold in ancient times and used to treat every known ill to man. It’s known for it’s antitumoral, immunostimulant, antidepressant, and muscle relaxing benefits. As well as stimulating to the limbic system of the brain and the hypothalamus, pineal, and pituitary glands.

How to use Frankincense:
In diffuser therapy, frankincense can be used for congestion and voice loss, as well as to calm the mind, reduce mental strain, and cultivate internal peace.
Frankincense can be blended with massage oil or diluted in the bath for circulatory support, respiratory support, exhaustion, and nightmares. It also has a good astringent effect on the skin; perks up older, more mature skin; and may assist the body in healing itself of wounds, sores, and ulcers.*
Creams and Lotions:
Frankincense can be added to a base cream or lotion to help with general skin tone and condition while reducing oily skin and rejuvenating more mature skin. In my house it has proven the most helpful to relieve eczema.
1. Concentration: use 1-2 drops Frankincense oil on temples and back of neck to improve concentration.
2. Immune System: apply 1-3 drops Frankincense oil on each foot to strengthen the immune system.
3. Blisters: dilute Frankincense oil 50/50 with pure vegetable oil and apply to a blistered area 3-5 times daily.
4. Insect Bites: put a drop of Frankincense oil on an insect bite to help reduce swelling and speed healing.
5. Depression: diffuse or inhale from the bottle to help with mood elevation.
6. Brittle Nails: apply 1-3 drops Frankincense on nails and at base of nails, 3 times per week.
7. Stretch Marks: rub a few drops on stretch marks 2 times a day.
8. Cysts: apply 1-2 drops on cyst 2 times a day until it disappears.
9. Skin Health: apply 1-2 drops Frankincense oil on sun damaged skin spots 2 times a day until it disappears.
10. Warts: put 2 drops on wart 2 times a day until disappears completely. Thieves also works on warts.
11. Breast Health: rub 2-3 drops on breasts and lower abdomen everyday.
12. Healthy Maintenance: dilute 1 drop Frankincense oil in 1tsp. honey or 4 oz. rice milk and ingest daily for health maintenance.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.