A bit of a personal share today.
In November, in the middle of a mandatory adoption workshop through our agency, I came down with the flu and a sinus infection. I was totally miserable. A friend brought me some Thieves oil to put on my feet, knowing I couldn’t miss the workshop (it is only offered once or twice a year, and little did we know… Nolan had already been born! God’s timing rocks.) I slept with it on my feet and woke up feeling so much better. I researched a few more things that the oils were capable of and saw that alleviating allergies was one. My 5 year old had been on allergy medicines for a couple years at that point, and knowing the ingredients, I hated every single time I had to administer them to him. I decided to get the Premium Starter Kit through Young Living and try the most commonly used oils on my family.
Fast forward to today: Cade is completely off allergy medication. Also, all three of my little ones are sleeping peacefully through the night, we’ve saved money from doctor visits, prescription drugs, and over the counter medicines. My house is less toxic and I have been able to make my own bug spray, hand sanitizer, boo boo spray, household cleaners, face wash, and other necessities that I know are not only not harmful to my kids, but insanely beneficial. The spray I use to clean Nolan’s high chair, I would feel safe spraying directly on him. It’s such a gift to be able to say that. We’ve also had tremendous success knocking out fevers, headaches and tummy aches with peppermint. No more trading long-term liver damage for short-term relief.
Anyways, if I can share this gift of essential oils that I’ve discovered for my family with a few other families, I’d love to be able to. So I figured I’d blog quickly about them.
What essential oils are:
Essential oils are the aromatic, volatile liquids distilled from plants. The oil can be obtained from the seeds, roots, and entire shrub, flowers, leaves and trees. The Bible contains 188 references to the use of essential oils or the plants from which they are derived. Pretty cool! I’ll admit, I was skeptical at first (and totally called my friends crazy hippies) but the more I heard testimonies of the miraculous ways these oils were working in the lives of some of my good friends, my interest was peaked and I had to give them a try. They are also used in hospitals all over the US & worldwide. While modern medicine obviously has its place, it’s very empowering as a mama to be able to treat your family safely and naturally, without trading one ailment for another (sometimes worse) one.
You may have also heard about these oils from Dr. Oz and Oprah. Oprah is a die hard Thieves lover and mentioned it in her must-have travel essentials in O Magazine. Oprah always knows what’s up.
The essential oils from Young Living are all therapeutic grade oils you can diffuse, apply topically, and ingest. Basically things that you’d typically run to the medicine cabinet and pop a pill for.
Here’s a pin board of some of my favorite EO recipes, for those who are completely new to them.
We don’t have a ton of “issues” in our family but here is what we’ve used, with success, so far:
- Purification: On mosquito bites, in bug spray, and to get rid of odors in the house and in laundry. This is my secret weapon for getting the smell out of my kids’ shoes.
- Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint: When used together, these are referred to as the “allergy trio.” I diffuse them and also made Cade a roll-on to take with him when he’s feeling sniffly.
- Panaway: Cramps, sore muscles
- Frankincense: All things skin-related. Anti-aging, all that good stuff. (My skin is much clearer these days)
- Valor: Snoring, anxiety
- Lavender: Diaper rash, scrapes & cuts, sleepy cream, teething
- Thieves: Teething, fighting illness, sore throat
- Lemon: Add to water to alkalize the body, detox, improve circulation, encourage proper digestion, minimize fluid retention, increase metabolism
- Peace & Calming: Calming fussy babies, toddlers, and adults ; )
- Stress Away: My secret weapon!
These oils plus a few more, and a diffuser, some samples, and some literature all come in the Premium Starter Kit. As I mentioned, that is how I got started, and it’s how I recommend all essential oils newbies get started! (I specifically recommend the kit with this pretty white “Aroma” diffuser, because look at it. Ooh la la.)
How to get your hands on the Premium Starter Kit:
1. Click over to the sign-up page: https://www.youngliving.com/signup/?site=US&sponsorid=1564403&enrollerid=1564403
2. Select “Sign Up As: Young Living Wholesale Member” (this secures you the 24% off discount on all future orders)
3. The “Enroller ID” and “Sponsor ID” boxes should already be filled in for you. If they aren’t, fill in 1564403 in both spots.
4. Fill out your name, billing address, shipping address, and contact info. (The reason you are asked for your SSN is for tax purposes; if you make over $600/year selling Young Living products, you will receive a 1099 form in the mail, as is required by law. Young Living never shares this info with anyone, and you’re not obligates to sell anything if you do not want to. I promise I wouldn’t lead you astray here!)
5. Create your password and pin which you will use to log in to your account and order your oils.
6. Select your enrollment order. This is where you can specify which starter kit you would like. I recommend the Premium Kit with the Aroma Diffuser.
7. It will ask if you want to sign up for the Essential Rewards program. I recommend saying no to this for now.
8. Agree to Terms & Conditions
9. CONFIRM YOUR ORDER. Some folks miss this step and end up not fully checking out. To confirm, the tool will log you in and it will show you your order again and it will make you enter in your payment information again.
10. Wait for the mailman to arrive! This step is will be agonizing.
11. Please friend me on Facebook so that I can add you to some fun oily Facebook groups! : )
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