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Friday Fitness Day!

Ok people- how many of you made New Year’s resolutions to get healthier this year? How many of you have stuck to your resolution so far? 😉

I know it is very hard to stick to a strict diet and exercise plan, but what if you could get healthier without even worrying about that part first?

If you haven’t experienced the world of Essential Oils yet, you are definitely missing out. First of all, read here to find out all the benefits of oils for your overall health and well-being. It is amazing what one drop of oil taken from a plant can do for us! And the best part is the oils are completely natural and straight from plants, nothing else added! Young Living Essential Oils has their Seed to Seal promise (read more about it here) that basically guarantees that nothing else ever gets added to the oils after they are pressed or distilled from the plant. This is why they are the only company I trust to get my Essential Oils from. 🙂

So, if you haven’t gotten your oils yet, and you are totally ready, this month is the perfect time to start! Young Living is offering a promotion for this month only where you can buy a Premium Starter Kit for 10% off! Awesome!

 

Ok, now onto the Friday Fitness part. If you have already started using oils and are loving it, did you know that oils are great to use before, during, and after physical activity? For example, RC is great to rub a few drops on the chest and back of neck before activity to help keep you motivated for your workout. During your workout, maybe add a drop of Peppermint oil to your water for an extra burst of alertness. After, roll on some Deep Relief for those hard-worked muscles, or even some refreshing Cool Azul gel!

I just found out about a new product Young Living offers. It is perfect for those of you who are either already workout buffs and going to the gym every day, or those of you who are just starting! It is called the Active & Fit Kit, and it is a small kit made to take with you wherever you are getting active. It includes:

• Nylon carrying case with seven interior mesh pockets for five essential oil bottles, one Slique Bar, and one tube of NingXia Nitro; an exterior pocket; and a carabiner for easy attachment to any gym bag

• Cool Azul™ Sports Gel, 3.4 oz.

• Deep Relief™ essential oil blend, 5 ml

• R.C.™ essential oil blend, 5 ml

• Thieves® essential oil blend, 5 ml

• Copaiba essential oil, 5 ml

• Peppermint essential oil, 5 ml

• 3 AromaGlide® roller fitments

• Product information card

I love the case because it holds all the oils that you might use when working out, and it clips right onto your bag or even onto a belt loop. Now you don’t have to worry about leaving your oils at home when you go to workout! The product number is 5502, and you can order through your Virtual Office. I am totally putting this one on my next Essential Rewards order!!

Leave me a comment on how you use Essential Oils before, during, or after physical activity! 😀


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Try DIY Tuesday: Diffusing!

I have been slacking a little on my DIY projects, I so figured today would be a great day to talk about diffusing, and some great diffuser recipes to try! Diffusing is one of the most effective ways to get the benefits of Essential Oils into your body.  Here is what Young Living says about diffusing, taken from a post on their blog (https://www.youngliving.com/blog/the-science-and-art-of-diffusing-essential-oils/):

“Our mind creates powerful connections between scent and our emotions, surroundings, and memories. Diffusing essential oils is a simple but effective way to access those connections. It can also help build new and positive memories and experiences.

Because diffusion distributes essential oil molecules into the air so effectively, it is an excellent way to maximize the beneficial properties of essential oils. There are lots of different ways to diffuse, so let’s talk about the most effective methods. It’s important to note that overheating essential oils using aroma lamps or candles can render the oils less beneficial, so we’ll focus on different cold-air diffusion methods.

Direct Inhalation

You may simply open a bottle of essential oil and inhale or put a few drops of oil on the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, and then cup your hands over your nose and mouth and inhale. You can even add a few drops of oil to a bowl of hot (not boiling) water and inhale the vapor.

 Cold-Air Fan

Young Living’s Travel Fan Diffuser introduces convenience and portability to essential oil diffusion. The Travel Fan diffuses by blowing cool air through the essential oil pad, releasing beneficial essential oil molecules into the air.

Ultrasonic Diffusers

Ultrasonic diffusion combines the advantages of a humidifier, air purifier, atomizer, and aromatherapy diffuser into one by breaking a mixture of essential oils and water into millions of microparticles and dispersing them into the air.”

If you already have the Premium Starter Kit from Young Living, you own an Ultrasonic Diffuser. It might be the Home version, the Bamboo version, or the newest, Dewdrop version. Any one of these are great! They all work in the same way, just vary on amount of space they reach or length of time they will run. Now for the fun part, the recipes!

My favorite is 4 drops Stress Away with 2 or 3 drops Orange. It smells just like a Creamsicle, plus has the stress-removing properties! Bonus!

Lately I am all about the Fall scents, since 80 degrees just doesn’t feel like fall. You can put in 4-6 drops of Thieves all by itself, and that already smell like Christmas to me. If you want to have more layered, customized scents, try some of these:

Fall diffuser recipes

Other Essential Oil blends that Young Living sells that you could diffuse without even mixing would be Christmas Spirit, and Evergreen Essence! (Fresh Christmas Tree smell, anyone?)

What are some of your favorite oils to diffuse?


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Thieves Oil- This Post is For Skeptics Only!

skeptics graphicSo, some of you out there might still be a little skeptical about the actual believe-ability, power, and true effectiveness of essential oils, even if you have tried them before. I have to admit, even after I first started using them and did see some results, I was still amazed when I tried a new one for a different use, and it actually worked! Lol! I know there are a lot of people who don’t believe in the power of oils at all, calling them “snake oils” or something similar. I feel really bad for them. Don’t knock it till you try it, right? Well, I personally know one in particular who has a lot of internal issues. They have seen many specialists, etc. and still don’t have things figured out. I gave them a sample of some oils and said, just try them, you might be surprised. I am pretty sure this person went home and threw those samples in a dark drawer. I mean, if you were suffering with something, wouldn’t you want to try anything to get some relief? I know I would, especially if what you were trying was completely natural and plant-based. But that’s just me. This person obviously doesn’t think like that.

Anyways, this post is for the skeptics like my friend. This post has pure photographic evidence that yes, the oils are real, and do work! I am not a doctor or scientist, but I do like some proof sometimes before I invest my time or money on something. So, I did a little experiment to showcase one of my favorite Young Living oils- Thieves. Why is it called Thieves, you may ask? Well, according to Young Living, the name comes from an old legend about four 15th-century French thieves who formulated a special aromatic combination composed of clove, rosemary, and other botanicals they used while robbing the dead and dying. When the thieves got caught, they were asked how they stayed healthy, and they divulged their secret. Thieves oil blend is crafted in the spirit of that legendary combination, and can be found in all Young Living’s Thieves products. Thieves oil’s biggest benefit is to support a healthy immune system.

What I did for my experiment is I took the bottom half of a hamburger bun. I dropped approximately 3 drops of Thieves oil at the bottom of the bun. I then put the bun in a ziploc baggie, with a damp paper towel behind the bun. I then stuck that baggie into my dark, warm pantry for about 2 weeks. Here are the photos:

Thieves experiment Hamburger bun with oil moldy bun paper towel mold

If those photos don’t tell a story, I don’t know what does. I think that the after photo from the experiment should say all it needs to about oils, Thieves in particular! I can’t make medical claims about what the oils can do, but if a hamburger bun doesn’t grow mold in the area with oils, I think you can relate that to real-life situations. 🙂

I love using the Thieves oil everywhere in my house, especially in the Thieves Cleaner that I posted about last week. This cleaner comes as a concentrate with the oil in it, all you have to do is mix it with water and clean everything! I also love the other Thieves products I have tried, such as the throat lozenges, toothpaste, and hand purifier! (find out how to make your own here).

Want to try your own experiments with Thieves? Go here to find out how to get some and show the skeptics in your life what’s up!


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Try DIY Tuesday: Easiest-Ever All Purpose Plant-Based Household Cleaner!

Ok, people. Today’s DIY is for those who mean well, they really want to make their own cleaning and skin care products but just don’t have time, energy, or the pure get up and go to do crafty projects. You know who you are! 😉 Well, trust me, it can’t get any easier than this. If you do only one DIY project in your entire life, THIS IS THE ONE!!!!

How would you like to have a multi-purpose cleaner, one that is completely plant-based, safe for the whole family to use, has a light, spicy scent (I think it smells like Christmas!), and only costs about $.66 per bottle?? I know I did! And that is why the Young Living Thieves Household Cleaner concentrate was the first thing I ordered from Young Living after my Premium Starter Kit! This Cleaner uses 100% plant-based ingredients along with Young Living’s Thieves Essential Oil Blend and Lemon Essential Oil to give you a powerful but natural way to clean your entire house. When I heard about this product, I was very excited to try it because I am trying to eliminate the harsh chemicals from my cleaning regimen. After using it, I am constantly telling everyone else they need to get some! There is no residue left on surfaces, it eats away at grease and soap scum, removes set-in stains, all with a light scent that dissipates quickly, and all you have to do is mix it with water! Continue reading


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Try DIY Tuesday: Homemade Thieves Hand Purifier

leaves graphicHappy Fall, everyone! It is the first Tuesday in October, and here in AZ that means that you can officially say it’s fall- even though it usually doesn’t feel like it!

Well, with the fall season comes those pesky bugs we all dread. Whether the kids are back in school, the weather change is throwing off your co-workers’ or family member’s immune systems, or extra traveling during the holidays, we all need an extra boost of helpfulness to support our immune systems. I, like most bug-fearing people, would never be caught without some Purell in my purse. Applied after going to the grocery store, pumping gas, before eating a quick snack, you name it, I would clean it. I have become even more cautious after having my daughter and not wanting her tiny little immune system to become compromised from a random excursion out of the house.

Recently, I have been hearing in the news how some of the yukkiest bugs have now started to become immune to these alcohol and chemical “anti-bacterial” sanitizers and soaps because we are all using them constantly. What???!!! Sometimes you just cannot get to a sink to wash your hands with good ol’ soap and water, what is a desperate mommy to do? Continue reading


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Try DIY Tuesday: Roll-On Sinus Buster!

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I have to say, this specific combination of oils is what totally convinced me that Essential Oils are the real deal! When I first learned about Young Living at an Essential Oils 101 class, I learned many uses for the oils that come in the Premium Starter Kit, but this combination was most interesting to me- Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint. The magical combination of these three, applied to your sinus areas on your face, as well as the back of your neck help with healthy sinus and nasal passage function during those trying times of year.

Here is a little more about each oil and what they can do:

  • Lemon includes naturally occuring constituent limonene (look up limonene in a Google search and read about how amazing it is for our bodies!). Lemon contains D-limonene, an antioxidant that has been linked to healthy immune system function.
  • Lavender is the “Swiss Army Knife” of Essential Oils and has at least 1000 uses! Adding it to lemon and peppermint just makes it all the better. Fun fact: Lavender can make a refreshing nasal irrigation rinse!
  • Peppermint supports focus and healthy cognitive function, supports the body’s ability to regulate it’s natural immune response, and supports the body’s respiratory system.

After I tried it for myself, I was amazed at how fast the oils work, as well as how long the effects of the oils last! Prior to using oils, I was stuck using traditional treatments to combat my sinus irritations every single day, and not just during the bad times of the year. After finding this oil blend, I have found success using safe, natural, plant-based oils that give me the relief I needed, AND I felt alert and ready for the day- I haven’t looked back since! Continue reading


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Vacation in a Bottle!

Are we glad it’s Friday, or what? Some weeks are just much more crazy than others, and the pressure builds up. Or sometimes you get that unexpected news that just ruins your day. Maybe the kids are just extra cranky and driving you crazy! Either way, wouldn’t it be nice to just escape to a deserted tropical island for a few hours? Enter Stress Away! Stress Away graphic Continue reading