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using every day oils (part two)

Yesterday I shared with you about some really fantastic oils and some common uses for them. I’ll talk more about this in tomorrow’s post, but I bought these healing oils as part of the Premium Starter Kit from Young Living. Yesterday I introduced Lavender, Purification, Joy, Frankincense, and Lemon oils. There are tons of reasons to love each of these and I have a personal success story with many of them. Today I will introduce the last half of bottles in the Premium Starter Kit. The rest of the bottles in the Kit are  Pan Away, Peace & Calming, Thieves, Valor, Peppermint, and Stress Away.

Pan Away I’ll be honest, I haven’t used much of this one, but I haven’t been in much pain since we got the oils. I can’t wait to go back to my hometown and use this on my Papaw’s arthritic hand! For the sake of full disclosure, it does kinda smell like bengay, but thankfully it works similar to it as well! Pan Away is a blend by Young Living made with wintergreen, clove, helichrysum, and peppermint oils. It is a hot oil and should be kept away from children’s chest. This great blend is extra effective in conjunction with Valor (see more information about Valor below).  If pain is really bad, use Valor first, then Pan Away, and Peppermint last. Pan Away is also great by itself for the following reasons:

  • headaches put this on your thumb and press your thumb to the roof of your mouth
  • growing pains and sciatica rubbed on pained area with carrier oil.
  • arthritis
  • sore muscles this would go perfect in a warm bath with epsom salts
  • increase circulation
  • bruising
  • inflammation

 

Peace & Calming Oh how we love this at our house! This oil made my husband a believer! My husband was supportive of my oily journey from the beginning, but the very first night we had our Starter Kit, we diffused lavender at bed time and put Peace and Calming on our feet. The very first thing that Nate said the following morning was, “That stuff really works. I mean I still woke up a few times during the night, but I dreamed! I never dream.” When Nate doesn’t use Peace & Calming, he always regrets it the following morning because he doesn’t sleep as deeply. Peace & Calming is also great at:

  • aiding sleep I put this on my feet because it is a great absorption site
  • ADHD & Autism there are so many oils that have been shown to help symptoms of autism, I could point you in several directions if you need help with this (email me!).
  • asthma and bronchitis rubbed on chest neat or with carrier
  • teeth grinding on feet vita flex points
  • depression/anxiety
  • overactive pets Peace & Calming smells great when diffused, calming when inhaled (win-win!).

 

Thieves Another one of Nate’s favs. He likes the smell and the name :). The legend of Thieves goes that during the time of the black plague, there were robbers (thieves!) who would go into the homes of those who had already died. To remind you, the black plague was pretty contagious–like they would just burn homes to contain the plague instead of properly 28DA5705-815C-4ABB-ABC0-C9E25EB30F1Adisposing and taking care of dead bodies. Anyway, these robbers would remain healthy. The reason is that these people knew of a specific blend of spices that would protect them from the plague. Young Living’s blend is based upon this legend. Thieves is great in your body, around your home, and even outside the home! I use Thieves for cleaning, for diffusing, and for keeping away pre-flu season yuckiness. This awesomeness of Thieves is not limited to, but includes the following:

  • antibacterial properties Thieves has been shown to kill 99.96% of bacteria
  • sickness prevention a few drops of thieves in hot tea, diffuse for inhalation, a drop under the tongue (hot oil!)
  • strep throat gargle with water
  • cold sores
  • cold and flu for diffusing, under tongue
  • kills airborne bacteria by diffusing
  • disinfectant on surfaces make your own cleaning products! (recipe to come)
  • supports mouth health helps fight gingivitis, swish like mouthwash!
  • insect repellant I just spray my thieves cleaner in nooks and crannies near windows and such
  • soothe a sore throat hot water, lemon, thieves, and honey

 

Valor  Valor is a blend from Young Living that is often called “an adjustment in a bottle.” I mentioned Valor earlier as working well in conjunction with Pan Away. Many have found success using Valor on their back before and after a chiropractic visit, and they find that the adjustment comes easier and stays longer. One of my mentors, Ladonna Beals, had a large hump in her back that didn’t let her sit up straight (among other complications). She attributes her ability to stand up straight with virtually no hump to her using Valor (and Pan Away).

  • snoring rub on the bottom of your big toe on your right foot–crazy, but true!
  • back pain apply neat to hurting area
  • emotional strength
  • bed wetting/nightmares diffuse or apply to feet at night (for children under 10, always dilute essential oils)
  • sciatica
  • sleep apnea
  • TMJ
  • thyroid balance apply directly

 

Peppermint-Leaves-231x300Peppermint This is another favorite oil at our house! My husband and I get up early a few mornings every week to go work out. Nate applies a drop of peppermint under the tongue and I swear it wakes us up! I mean, our bodies are still tired, but we aren’t sleepy anymore! The first morning Nate put peppermint under his tongue, I had been up late the night before, didn’t get up early with him to go to the gym, and had full intentions of napping a little longer once he left for work. I gave him a goodbye kiss at the door and that was all it took! I couldn’t go back to sleep! Amazing. If you haven’t tuned in to the blog for this entire  series this week, you may have missed a couple of fun facts about peppermint essential oil.  For example, in tests in Japan, when peppermint and lemon oil were diffused in an office and testing environments, those observed made fewer errors (clerical) in their work. Also, one drop of YL peppermint oil has the potency of 24 cups of peppermint tea. So cool. I have also had a lot of success using peppermint oil when I have a headache, to keep it from becoming a migraine.

Don’t forget that peppermint is a hot oil…that means that it may be more comfortable for you if it is diluted with a carrier oil on your skin. With all oils and children, they need to be applied to their sweet, sensitive skin with a carrier. Also, be very careful with children’s trunk and chest areas with hot oils. This can negative effect their respiratory system and breathing. Here’s some reasons why peppermint is awesome; it can help you with:

  • headaches
  • allergies
  • nasua, motion sickness, morning sickness, and stomach bugs applied directly to belly or inhale it!
  • indigestion, gas, and acid reflux my mentor Ladonna, who I mentioned earlier, used to have severe acid reflux. She applies peppermint oil to her stomach from sternum to belly button and she puts the oil in hot water in the evening to create a tea. She lives free of reflux and Tums now!
  • concentration
  • eczema and psoriasis
  • pain relief
  • fevers

 

Stress Away Holy Canoli, I LOVE Stress Away! Before I received my Starter Kit, I heard many people talking about how great Joy smelled and how many people use Joy as a perfume. I highly recommend Stress Away as a perfume! I love it!! It has vanilla and lime notes in it that are delicious. I just keep the bottle in my purse at all times. When I apply this, Nate always asks, “Are you stressed?” and I almost always say, “Nope, I just love the smell.” He says that he always asks just for that one time that I am stressed ;). Stress Away is actually a “bonus oil” with the Premium Starter Kit. If you choose to join YL, know that we are more special than those of Starter Kits past…we get a bonus oil! haha.

  • stress relief for humans and animals
  • PMS headache relief
  • ADHD
  • many stories with Stress Away success are connected to emotional issues: constipation from stress, interview anxiety relief, tantrums from children in new situations, etc.

 

Are you intrigued? Do you deal with any of the stresses or ailments that I’ve mentioned the last couple of days?  Do you wish for a natural alternative to help you get healthier? Come back and see me tomorrow for more information.

Blessings,

Kate

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Disclaimer: All opinions made above are my own and not necessarily reflective of Young Living or others associated with Young Living. I am an Independent Distributer. These statements and sources have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The above is not meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Please seek guidance from your doctor before incorporating anything new into your lifestyle.

Photo Cred: Mama Marcie and Scent & Scentabilities

why essential oils?

Last week, I came out and told the (virtual) world that I am using and distributing essential oils. You may be asking yourself: but why oils? Why Young Living? Why would I use oils instead of tylenol, bengay, benedryl, or pepto? Why should I invest in something that’s not mainstream and well known like OTC medications? I don’t know anything about these things, why should I take the time to learn? Can’t I just read the label? I’ll answer some of these questions and more this week.

 1885585Essential Oils have history. Ancient Egyptians were one of the first recorded cultures to use essential oils. They used them for enhancing their appearance, to prepare their food, and to restore and support their health. They also used essential oils for mummifying and embalming methods. This is not something that I plan on adopting for our family. Essential oils even show up in the Bible (my all-time fav book); 70% of the books of the Bible mention essential oils. Frankincense alone is mentioned 22 times in the Bible and it was valued more than gold at the time. There are waves of essential oil use throughout history and the world–from those BC Egyptians, through the middle ages, to now with cultures through China and India, Romans, the French, to this Kentucky girl.

One of my favorite history lessons about essential oils (besides the Thieves Oil legend that I’ll share later this week), is the story of a French chemist in 1937. Rene Maurice Gattefosse was also a perfumer who was interested in the scents of plants but not necessarily the healing benefits of them. While in his lab, he burned himself pretty severely and thrust his hands and arms into the closest vat of liquid. That vat was pure, undiluted lavender oil. The lavender oil not only helped his burning sensation, but also healed his hand without infection or scar. As a chemist, he also found that essential oils can be absorbed by the body and interact with our body’s chemistry. Essential oils continue to be used today in aromatherapy, health, beauty, cleaning, and with other uses.

Contrary to popular belief, essential oils have been researched, tested, and documented to have many benefits. A variety of essential oils have properties that are antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressive, antioxidant, anti-fungal, to support immune health, mental clarity, digestive support, and emotional stability (just to name a few ;)). Young Living has their own research lab staying abreast to the latest on essential oils. Some of you may find that as “cheating,” as if they have their own press secretaries. Just so you know, pharmaceutical companies do the same thing, and then they give crazy money to politicians and lobbyists to get things done in Washington for themselves. But that’s for another time…anyway!

If you’d like more proof about the affectivity of essential oils,  I’ve found the following resources to be helpful: University of Minnesota’s  article in “Taking Charge of Your Health and Wellbeing”,  Questions and Answers about Aromatherapy from the National Cancer Institute, this recommendation from the Mayo Clinic, this study reported on Science Daily’s website, and this from the University of Maryland. Also, this website has some stellar links. The above has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Essential oils are not meant to cure, treat, diagnose, or heal any disease or condition. Please consult your doctor when incorporating oils into your healthy regimens. However, essential oils are used nationwide in hospitals as supplemental and alternative treatment.

One of my favorite ways to learn about the benefits of essential oils are from the users. The testimonies of those who use the oils have been the biggest encouragement to me on my oily journey. I’m a part of a wonderful team of users who share with this public Facebook group about the effects of the oils on their family. I have learned so much from their stories and advice.

Essential oils are the essence of the plants that God gave usIf you were to scratch at a peppermint leaf and tear it, do you know what would happen? The leaf would start producing a liquid (essential oil) to help heal and restore that part which was broken. Essential oils are the plant’s immune response to being roughed up. Isn’t it cool that God gave even the petal of a flower a innate mechanism in which to heal? So cool. My husband and I have been trying to keep whole & natural foods in our house as much as possible–meaning that what is in our pantry, fridge, and freezer is pretty much just what the Lord gave us. It just makes sense that I would pursue healthful supplements and medicine that is the same–straight from The Man himself. This is one reason why I love Young Living oils because they are unadulterated with synthetic oils and substances. But I’ll talk about that more later this week.

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Essential oils are a natural answer to our health needs. Read the back of any OTC drug and you will see a myriad of side effects. Now most of us haven’t (and probably will never) have a bleeding stomach lining from taking aspirin too much, but they need to tell you about it on the bottle. Not because you definitely will, but because someone did. I know someone did, not just because the FDA makes them write that on the side of the bottle, but because my friend, Noah, had a brother who died from eating aspirin like candy. Because of him we now have a label that tells us the side effects and they have specific instructions like, “take with food.” Noah would tell me to tell you, “Eat a few crackers, anything, when you take medication. Just in case.” To put Noah’s worrisome mind more at ease, we could all start using peppermint for headaches with zero side effects.

Here’s something crazy-awesome about Young Living essential oils: they pass through the blood-brain barrier. Stay with me…”the blood brain barrier is a wall of high density cells that restrict passages of substances from the bloodstream into the brain. This protects our brain from foreign substances. Since essential oils are lipid soluble and have very light molecular weight, they can pass through the blood brain barrier and effect their benefits. Frankincense and peppermint can carry more oxygen into the brain this way and some essential oils can also benefit those with Alzheimer’s, memory loss, ADHD, metal toxicity, and more.” This is quoted from here, but there is proper (medical) documentation here.

Essential oils are a wonderful alternative to over the counter medications and even antibiotics. Certain EOs (essential oils) can help balance your body’s alkaline levels, cross the blood-brain barrier, and even penetrate cell walls. Okay, stay with me on this one. Bacteria in your body happens outside of cell walls. That’s why antibacterial medications can work quickly and well, because they can travel through body systems, like your bloodstream, where bacteria can lurk. (Side note–antibiotics can also kill good bacteria like that in your gut. Gut health and overall health are closely linked, so be mindful to restore good bacteria in your body after taking antibiotics! I just try to avoid them when I can, and use that time to build my immune system to super-strong!) Anyway, so bacterial lurks outside of cell walls in our body. Viruses, however, reside within a cell wall. That’s how they get so nasty. Not only are they hard to get to (antibiotics do NOT help!), but they can also replicate and reproduce within your body because they make their home within your cell’s membrane. I have good news! EOs penetrate cell walls. Yup! Those EOs that your body absorbs can help your body on a cellular level. Crazy, right?! Crazy awesome!! Oh, and if you have a virus, get some rest and let your body stock up on vitamins D & C as well as Zinc! A strong immune system is your best defense against being down for the count.

Essential oils can be used at a variety of application sites. Did you know that your skin is your largest organ? It’s true! The skin is really great at absorbing stuff, like Vitamin D when you’re outside, or Vitamin E if you are like my Grandma Betty who would pierce a capsule with her teeth and apply the Vitamin E to a cut or zit. Skin absorption can be a scary thought if you think of the chemicals that we come in contact with, by choice or not. Have you ever read or studied about the ingredients in your lotion, face wash, or eye cream? Sure they are just trace amounts of toxins, but don’t you use that stuff nearly every day? Do you think that those toxins could build up in your body over time without proper detox? There are plenty of cancers where the source just can’t be explained…like a lifetime of built-up toxins. I digress…so your skin absorbs stuff! Well EOs can be applied to the wrist, temples (careful of the eyes!), inside of mouth or nose, outside of the ear (never inside the ear), under the tongue (I can only recommend ingestion of oils with Young Living), reflexology points of the feet and hands, the back of the neck, the heart, and other specific helpful areas to focus their potency. Oils can also be inhaled straight form the bottle or from your cupped hands around your face. Young Living oils can be ingested with water or with a vegetable capsule. I love a drop or two of lemon EO in my water for detox purposes. Peppermint applied to the intestines can soothe gas and an upset stomach. Lavender oil (Young Living’s) can be swabbed in the mouth or nose for allergy symptoms. As you can see, EOs can be inhaled, applied topically  with or without a carrier oil, or ingested, but be careful which oils you use for this!

Tomorrow I’ll talk about why I chose Young Living specifically. Do you have experience with essential oils? Do you have questions for me?

Blessings,

Kate

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Disclaimer: All opinions made above are my own and not necessarily reflective of Young Living or others associated with Young Living. I am an Independent Distributer. These statements and sources have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The above is not meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Please seek guidance from your doctor before incorporating anything new into your diet. 

Sources: see links above in addition to Esoteric Oils page about oil history, Young Living Oil Lady, Dr. Myhill’s website in reference to infections, Baby Steps website’s intro to EOs, Heart-Centered Sharing by Vicki Opfer . Photo cred: google search “essential oils in history”  and Young Living’s website.