There are rarely times when we’re 100 percent content with the skin on our face. It feels like there’s always more to be doing to improve our complexion: drinking more water, using more natural ingredients, and eating less sugar. From younger days of combating oily skin to years down the road when age spots and…
My Dearest Lemongrass Essential Oil, I’ve been holding back my feelings for some time, but I can’t stay silent any longer. I must tell you…I love you! Your enticing aroma, your exotic origins, and your relaxing presence all make me fall for you more deeply each day. Elizabeth Barret Browning once penned, “How do I…
With naturally delicious scents like Lime, Vanilla, Lavender, and more, it’s no surprise Stress Away™ essential oil blend is one of Young Living’s most popular products! When you catch the citrus-sweet scent, you can’t help but stop, take a deep breath, and relax—even with the unfolded laundry, to-do list, and rambunctious children who surround you.…
Max and I recently took a trip to Reno in late celebration of our third anniversary (you can read about it HERE!).
What to Pack
I never leave home without my oils bag which usually contains DiGize, Lavender, Peppermint, Lemon, Thieves, Frankincense, Purification,(all of which were just listed come in the Premium Starter Kit!) Breathe Again, Melrose, EndoFlex, JuvaFlex, Valor II, StressAway, and some rollers full of blends that I have made myself.
Here are the other essentials that we pack when we leave town:
Alkalime to keep my pH balanced!
Life 9 to keep my gut happy. The gut is also known as the second brain! It produces 80% of your body’s serotonin. The gut needs all of the good bacteria to stay healthy. This effects your bowels as well.
Super B because every system in your body needs b vitamins.
NingXia Red sachets YL’s superfruit antioxidant puree to support a healthy immune system, healthy blood sugar levels and all over wellness. Since this is a supplement, all you need is 1-2oz per day. We drink this daily and we drink extra when we feel that our bodies need extra support.
OmegaGize my fishy oil supplement! Everyone should be taking a fish oil supplement!
ALL YOUNG LIVING SUPPLEMENTS are grade A quality. Because there are oils infused in our supplements, absorption is increased by up to 80%. While supplements without essential oils are known to be absorbed a measly 15% by the body.
Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier (which I never leave home without) This is not a sanitizer! Which I am sure you have heard, that sanitizers weaken your immune system and create a super germ. NO THANKS. Again this product as with all YL products is OIL INFUSED. I will take it. Any time and any way that I can get oils on and in my body I will because the benefits are incredible.
Lavender Lip Balm (which is seriously life changing. I used to use Burt’s bees and now I am never looking back!) This contains coconut oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, wolfberry seed oil, rose hip seed oil, vitamin e, and lavender essential oil. It’s so light weight compared to other lip balms, the ingredients are safe, and of the highest quality.
Wolfberry Eye Cream because the under eye area is so delicate and deserves some extra attention. I do this as a sort of preventative maintenance. I’m only 25 so there hasn’t been too much going on in this area but I want to support the skin well.
Art Gentle Cleanser a must have. I use this after removing my make up. I have used my own DIY face wash in the past, but after using this cleanser I would rather purchase the product because it leaves my face feeling amazing.
Art Light Moisturizer this moisturizer is perfect because as the name says, it’s light. There is also an intensive moisturizer for those who have skin that is on the dryer side. I have heard great things about the intensive moisturizer as well.
Dentranome Ultra to keep my teeth clean and to keep my underarms odor free (YES I USE MY TOOTHPASTE AS DEODORANT)
Thieves Dental Floss because flossing is vital. 😉
Lavender Bath & Shower Gel because lavender is amazing for the skin and the smell is heavenly.
Dr. Bronner’s Castile Liquid Soap UNSCENTED This is an ingredient in our DIY handsoap so we bring a travel sized bottle with us for washing our hands.
My trusty sunflower yellow Fjall Raven BackpackThis backpack is lightweight, yet sturdy, and it makes the perfect accessory. I am a satchel and backpack gal so I love to be able to just take my bags along with me without being afraid of roughing them up.
And of course my Mountenz dad hat. Because I am a band wife. My husband is an amazing musician and I am so proud of who he is and what he does. SO I obviously wear their merch.
I’m so thankful that I never have to pull out my trusty Think Dirty App, wonder, or even question what is inside of my Young Living products. I feel at ease knowing that I’m putting not only safe but beneficial ingredients on myself and my family.
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This list was taken from the Young Living website.
As you probably know, I am not a mother. I am however the oldest of seven children so I have seen my fair share of childhood in my life. This list was compiled by Young Living.
Motherhood is beautiful. From baby’s birth to first steps, first days of school and college graduation there are so many sweet moments throughout. Then there are the moments when things get real waking up every two hours for feeding, teething, and tantrums. Thankfully we have oils to support you through every step of the way.
Here are the five Essential Oils that every mama should have in her arsenal.
I love to use this oil topically. Diffusing or inhaling it directly is also great. Stress Away helps me unwind and get refocused when moments are trying or while commuting because…traffic. This blend contains Copaiba, Lime, Lavender, Cedarwood, and Vanilla. It is a sweet, woodsy, and floral scent that is both relaxing and grounding.
Peppermint essential oil is one of the most versatile + popular essential oils. We use this one daily in our household. It has a cool, tingling sensation that’s great for post-workout massages and throughout-the-day pick-me-ups.
Lavender is likely the most well-known oil around. When you think of Lavender you probably think of calming and relaxation. YES. Another oil that is used daily in our home. Adults and children alike gravitate toward Lavender. & rightly so this oil is known as the Swiss army knife of essential oils.
Peace & Calming is very popular in the Young Living world. People go crazy for this one (especially mamas of littles) and I didn’t understand why until I got my hands on my own bottle. Add it to a bath or diffuse while reading to your babes all will enjoy the calming effects of this blend. IT SMELLS AMAZING.
Thieves essential oil is another staple in our home. Its ability to tackle nearly any situation makes it a mom’s best friend. It includes oils like Lemon and Clove, which don’t just smell wonderful—they work hard to cut everyday messes too. You’ll love how easy Thieves makes it to replace conventional cleaners with naturally derived, yet powerful, solutions. Use options like Thieves Dish Soap, Thieves Household Cleaner, and Thieves Wipes or create DIY cleaners with the added strength of Thieves. You’ll feel confident your children will be safe from not just dirt and grime but harsh chemicals as well. Thieves also supports a healthy immune system. (& it smells like Christmas!!!!!!!!)
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a foaming soap dispenser (We resused the ones from our thieves foaming handsoap)
1/3 cup of Plain (unscented Castile Soap)
2/3 cup of filtered water
20 drops of the essential oil of your choice (This time we used Citrus Fresh, Max is all about the citrus oils)
Pour all ingredients into dispenser & shake. TADA… That is all.
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Your cute little dust bunnies are not as harmless as you thought.
Dust Bunnies accumulate in the corners of our homes, and can be among the most toxic potions of all.
As noted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG): Many chemicals end up in household dust.
In a study by Silent Spring Institute: they reported “A study of house dust collected in California homes in 2006 and in 2011 which found 41 different fire retardant chemicals in at least half of the samples
A later study (2012) by Silent Spring Institute tested for 49 flame retardant chemicals in household dust, the main route of exposure for people and especially in children.
Most homes had at least one chemical above a federal health guideline, compounds in household dust tests, included flame retardants, home-use pesticides and phthalates.
A 2002 study by the EWG detected phthalates in nearly ¾ of personal care products tested, when sprayed or applied as make up powder (that contain phthalates) the chemicals can become airborne and accumulate in your dust.
Young children in particular may ingest about 50 milligrams of household dust a day. (low levels can cause health issues) making it an important pathway by which people are exposed to environmental contaminants.
So it is probably no surprise that a simple wipe down with water is not enough when it comes to dusting. I would sometimes just wipe dust off of surfaces with my bare hand or a wet paper towel. (OOPS) Not so much anymore.
taaaa-daaaaa. T H I E V E S household cleaner. One ultra concentrated bottle has replaced every cleaner in our home (+ it’s lasted forever). Savings upon savings upon savings. The bottle costs $22 and it has the potential to yield 28 bottles of multipurpose cleaner, at around 79¢ per bottle. Thieves household cleaner is free of synthetics, is plant based, essential oil infused (with the well known Thieves blend), and safe to use around every member of the family. All you usually need is one cap full diluted with water (unless you want the solution to be stronger, in which case you’d use more cleaner). The ratio is 1:30! We keep a couple of glass spray bottles full around the house, I take a 2oz spray bottle full to work, and we also create soft scrubs with baking soda (recipe coming soon). It is perfect for dusting and scrubbing, some also use it to spot clean stains.
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See ya dust bunnies.
If you are the least bit involved in the Young Living community then I am sure you have heard at least one person rave about NingXia Red. Here is why…
Ningxia Red! Top 4 Reasons why it is THEBOMB.COM!!!
Let’s be honest….life is STRESSFUL. Even on the best of days with 5 kids and two businesses plus traveling and teaching….it’s stressful. So we need all the antioxidant support we can get every single day. Enter Ningxia Red.
Your body is created perfectly (I’m going to pound this into your head) and can heal itself day in and day out, but a bi-product of normal daily function is a thing we call Free Radicals. (read about them here) This is why we need antioxidants. But I’m getting ahead of myself! I’m going to give you my top 4 reasons why Ningxia is such an amazing addition to your supplement schedule.
Now one disclaimer…the core four needs that everyone has (Fish Oil, Probiotics, Vit D, Greens Product)…Ningxia is not one of those. BUT it is a close fifth and this is one thing that I think everybody should be able to add in. Kids should be on it. Older patients should be on it. Teens should be on it. Women should be on it. Men should be on it. All of you should be on it because it’s that good and it’s got that many nutrients in it.
#1: Ningxia is a Macro Nutrient
Ningxia Red is a macronutrient. I want you to understand what this means, okay? So if you go into an office and you ask them to help you with nutrition, there are two different schools of thought as it pertains to nutrition.
Micro Nutrition: In this model, each individual nutrient is taken out of the whole and looked at in a very reductionistic, ultra specific view. Sometimes it is very beneficial and I’m not saying there are times you need an exact milligram dosing of calcium or potassium but this is just not how the body is created. An example of micro nutrition would be trying to isolate the exact mineral or nutrient out of an apple that is helpful for XYZ thing instead of just enjoying the dang apple!
Macro Nutrition: This is the model that we follow and is a totally different view of health and how it works with nutrition. In the macro model…even though individual nutrients are important, it teaches that the bulk of your nutrition should come from FOOD based sources. Getting them like you would in your diet (even if they are concentrated) makes it easier to process and you will absorb more of the nutrition in what you are eating. This model doesn’t get bogged down with each individual nutrient in the apple…they eat the apple!
A great example I like to use when I teach on this is good ‘ol water. So water is comprised of two units of hydrogen and one of oxygen. Right? Remembering your organic chemistry?? 😉 So let’s say for an example that you had a fire in your home. If we take water as it is created and throw it on the fire, what happens? The fire goes out. But if we try and outsmart creation and take it apart and we through straight oxygen on that fire, what happens?? It gets WORSE! And if we throw hydrogen on that fire we are going to light up the entire block! So you can see where keeping things in the order they are created in is super important.
#2: Ningxia Red is a LIQUID
So if every one of you who read this blog did a digestive function test with me…about 95-98% of you would come back with a weak or deficient digestive system. SURPRISE!!! But it’s true. Because of medications, stress, and processed foods (thank you advances in civilization) our digestive system and it’s function is under constant attack. Because of this, it’s hard for your system to absorb everything you ingest or every nutrient from every supplement you take.
So in a liquid form it’s basically pre-digested. It’s why smoothies and juices are so beneficial. When you get it in a liquid form you absorb it faster because the body doesn’t have to break it down, and that’s huge.
#3: Ningxia has TONS of Antioxidants
Very first thing in the blog I talked a second about the fact that our bodies product Free Radicals every single second we are alive. You can think of Free Radicals as our “exhaust system”. Is the exhaust that is coming out of the tail pipe on your car every day normal? Of course it is.. But what would happen if we capped the tail pipe and didn’t let your engine process that exhaust out?? Your car would die right at the light you were sitting at.
Our bodies are much the same way. If we don’t have a way to clear out those free radicals from our system will age quicker and eventually create symptoms and disease. So what do we do??
Welllll….remember how I told you that your body was created PERFECTLY?? It was. So inside every one of your cells you have antioxidant “generators” like Super Oxide Dismutase that work tirelessly every second of every day to wipe out as many free radicals as they can. Only problem is that with the amount of free radicals we produce in a day..our bodies can’t keep up. So we need extra antioxidants in our food and supplements to help with the fight.
Every single type of food or nutrient has a specific amount of antioxidants to it (mostly). The scoring system to this is called the ORAC scale. So to give you perspective: Blueberries have an ORAC score of 2,000. Ningxia red has a ORAC score of over 30,000!!!! That’s a TON!
#4: Ningxia contains Essential Oils
Our supplements from Young Living are what we call “Infused” products. Meaning…every supplement is paired with complementary essential oils in them. This is so that you get the benefit of pure 100% therapeutic grade essential oils, and because it also increases the absorption rate of the product they are in. WIN WIN!
There are 4 different essential oils in Ningxia. You have orange essential oil, yuzu, lemon and tangerine. Look up all of the benefits of those 4 oils. But basics for all they support: pH, blood sugar, digestion, and immunity.
Dosing on Ningxia Red is 1-2 oz per day depending on the person. Kids normally are always recommended at 1/2 the adult dose so take that into account.
Now second thing, on kids that are old enough to be able to do it or old enough to drink it, yeah, so starting with solids and stuff, they’re already getting fruit juices, you’re already giving them that. Give them Ningxia, right? So if you have kids that are a little bit older then you want to normally do like a great rule of thumb is whatever the adult dose is then for kids you do a half of that. So like if the adult dose is two ounces, which it is, then you do either a half an ounce or one ounce a day for most kids.
One question and concern I always get from people who read labels is:
“Why is there Sodium Benzoate, a preservative, in Ningixa?”
And it’s a great question. The main answer? Because EVERY company who makes a food based product like this is legally required to put a preservative in it. There is .01 % of the preservative in the product so the thing is…they’re not required to even tell you about it but they do anyway because #transparency. So here’s what your real question should be:
“Where do they get the Sodium Benzoate?”
That’s the true question. Because every single company out there with anything liquid has to have a preservative…where they source it is the difference. Did you know (because I originally didn’t) that Sodium Benzoate is many times synthetic (no shocker) but ALSO is naturally occurring in many foods like Cranberries and other fruits??
YL naturally sources their SB and does NOT use any synthetic preservatives in their products to ensure that you have the highest quality products on the market.
Couple of cautions with this product:
- The Wolfberry is a nightshade. If you have extreme (read: the worst) autoimmune issues then sometimes this family of products (same family as tomatoes or bell peppers) can cause extra inflammation so you need to know that. I have never had an issue with any patient on it, but you need to know.
- Diabetics: If you have blood sugar issues you need to track your sugar well and just pay attention. You can totally use this product if you insulin isn’t perfect…but because it is a fruit puree you need to regulate it and make sure you stay in range.
Hopefully this was helpful and gave you some points to why it is so powerful. For specific ingredients go check it out here and do your own research on WHY those ingredients are incredible and I’ll do other posts for you on those as well. Take care!
Hello essential oil users, oil curious, and those who have no idea what essential oils are.
What are Essential Oils?
Essential Oils are the most powerful part of the plant.
They are distilled from:
Oils consist of over 100 natural organic compounds.
Oils support every system in the human body:
- Skeletal System
- Muscular System
- Circulatory System
- Endocrine System
- Respiratory System
- Immune System
Hormones, Brain Health, Emotions, Spiritual Support, & Stress.
ONLY Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils are capable of supporting the human body in said ways.
I only use and recommend the best essential oils on the planet… Young Living.
- Studies have shown that oils reach the heart, liver, and thyroid in 3 seconds when inhaled.
- Oils were found in the bloodstream in 26 seconds when applied topically.
- Expulsion of essential oils takes place in 3-6 hours in a normal healthy body.
There are three ways to use essential oils:
Aromatically through using our sense of smell. Our sense of smell is linked directly to the amygdala which is the seat of our emotions. This is why smells have such power over us. Have you ever been taking back to a childhood memory by a certain smell? This can be done by
smelling the oil directly from the bottle
putting a few drops in your hand, rubbing hands together, then cupping over the nose
through diffusing the oils
Ingestion or “internally”
oils can be taken in a vegetable capsule
added to recipes when cooking
and added to water (for flavor and a plethora of other benefits).
You may or may not choose to use a carrier oil when applying oils topically. I rarely ever do. Not using a carrier oil is called using oils “neat”. A carrier oil is a fatty oil like avocado oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, almond oil and the like. The only time I really use carrier oils is when I create a roller blend. If you are new to using oils or have sensitive skin then I suggest you use a carrier oil. (I personally never used carriers even when I first started using oils)
Again, I only recommend use of Young Living’s essential oils because they are the absolute best. We own our own farms and have strict Seed to Seal guidelines for our partner farms, we run the most tests on our products, D. Gary Young (the founder of YL) is the only one in the world who distills oils at their best/highest frequency, we use sustainable and organic farming methods, and we never use chemicals to distill our oils we cold press and steam distill (which takes more time and obviously costs more money).
The FDA only requires that companies have 5% of the actual oil in their product in order for it to be labeled 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade. The rest can be chemicals, floral water, or carrier oils. This on top of the use of fertilizers, pesticides, and chemical solvents to extract the oil makes for a chemical soup of “essential oil” which in my opinion is extremely contradicting considering what oils are used for.
THAT IS WHY SEED TO SEAL. This is why it is so important to buy real oils. You never want to cut corners when at comes to wellness. You deserve the best.
My hope is that you have learned something new today or received some clarity.
Take care, you deserve it.
There is so much to learn when it comes to Essential Oils. I am sure that there will always be more to learn about them because they are so intricate and complex. The community of Young Living both in person and online has been so vital in the progression of my wellness journey. I would say that Facebook played the largest part in my growth. My organization has many groups that provide support and education. Not to mention they have raffles and post live videos regularly. Beyond the community here are the resources that have really helped me grow in knowledge of Essential Oils.