Pregnancy Hospital Prep

preparing for baby

With pregnancy, there are many emotions the woman goes through at any given time……. or all at the same time, depending on those lovely hormones.  One area that I have found to be especially challenging the second time around has been my pregnancy hospital prep.   With an active toddler and pretty active lifestyle, there’s not much time for sitting around and dreaming up all of the items I want to bring to the hospital with me.

preparing for baby

After looking around on Pinterest and thinking back to my first time around, I have finally compiled a list of everything that we will be bringing to the hospital for baby number two.  Not only do I have a list, but everything is packed and ready to go (except for last minute items – and I have a list for those)!  Being prepared gives me peace of mind and leaves no room for worrying!


Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.    Proverbs 3:5-6   




Hospital Prep: List for Mom

clothing:
  • Nursing pads & bras: These are a necessity if you plan to nurse!  Excess milk and ease of nursing.  Need I say more?
  • Delivery gown: Bringing a gown is optional, because the hospital will provide one for you, however, I like to wear my own clothes.  Just thinking about someone else laboring in that same gown, and not knowing how intense the washing process is…….ugh!  Besides, my sweet hubby bought me one this year, along with some comical labor socks.
  • Large gowns to wear after delivery (make sure they open in the front if you plan to nurse): After having a baby, you really don’t feel like putting real clothes on.  And you are constantly getting up, being checked, etc.  So, having a large gown makes life a lot simpler when you are in that newborn fairly conscious state during the stay at the hospital.
  • Going home outfit: sweats.  Again, who needs/wants real clothes?!  Who knows what condition your body will be in, or how much of that “baby fat” stayed with you after delivery.  Sweats are very forgiving and very comfortable!
  • Flip flops, grippy socks: If you’re wanting to move around at all in the hospital, I strongly recommend something to put on your feet.  With my first, I went on long walks and moved around as much as possible to get labor going and keep my blood moving.  Flip flops can also be worn in those hospital bathrooms and showers if you’re grossed out by being barefoot.

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food:
  • Snacks: Whatever kinds of foods that you want.  I like to bring protein-rich foods that are easy to snack on like nuts, granola, etc.
  • Prenatal vitamins: I got this idea from another mom’s blog.  This was definitely not on my radar the first time around, but it does make sense.  Your body goes through a lot when you have a baby, so the extra vitamins and minerals are good.  Also, if you plan to nurse, prenatal vitamins will still be a staple!
  • Water: This is not necessary, because the hospital will again provide you with water.  (After delivery of course, because birthing a baby doesn’t make you thirsty or anything!)  I do like the taste of the water that we get out of our Berkey.  Pure, filtered water for me, please!
Toiletry items:

Don’t leave home without your stuff that will make you feel like a human again!  I’m sure the hospital has most all of this, but after going through something as intense as childbirth, it’s nice to have some comforts of home!  Plus, if you are expecting visitors, you’ll want to freshen up.

  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste & toothbrush
  • Body wash
  • Lotion
  • Loofah
  • Brush & hair ties
oily supplies:

We did not know the beauty and wonders of essential oils and toxin-free living the first time around and I am so excited to use them this time!  We use Young Living essential oils and they have changed our lives completely!  Read more about that in this post.

  • Labor oils list: Sadly, due to regulations, I am unable to post specific information about which oils help with pregnancy.  But, I can tell you that the book, Gentle Babies is an absolute necessity purchase if you would like to try using more natural remedies with your pregnancy.
  • Cooling face spray: With my first delivery, I don’t remember much (Funny how biology works like that, isn’t it?  If mothers remembered everything, they probably wouldn’t want any more!), but I do remember feeling hot the entire time!  I’m so excited to have this cooling spray if I need it this time.
  • Soothing spray for bottom
    • Combine 2 oz of witch hazel, 3 drops of Peppermint essential oil and 4 drops of Lavender essential oil in a 2 oz glass spray bottle.  Shake and spray.  Use to aid healing the perineum and to help the body return to its anti-hemorrhoidal state.  Please do not apply this recipe to essential oils purchased in stores!  See link above for a deeper explanation of why we only use Young Living.
  • Labor massage oil*  The first time around, I was blessed with little back pain that so many other women talk about.  I wanted to be prepared just in case I needed some support during labor.  I am also blessed with a wonderful hubby who will be more than happy to give me a back rub using this magical blend of goodness during labor.  If I don’t need it during labor, I plan to use it after to help bring balance back to my body.

*Recipe can be found in the Gentle Babies book.

preparing for baby

Hospital Prep: List for Baby

  • Swaddler: Most babies enjoy the tight fitting clothing known as a swaddler.  Our first hated being swaddled, but every baby is different.  Plus, we have some cute ones from last time!  Bringing this along just in case.
  • 2 Sleepers: The hospital will most likely put your newborn in a onesie to serve as clothing and pajamas.  It is always nice to put that cute little bundle in something cute, though.  We used sleeper sacks last time that zip up.  This made changing soooo much easier.  And with a newborn, you will be doing a lot of changing!
  • Going home outfit: Don’t you want something cute for baby to wear as you leave the hospital?!  We completely forgot to snap a picture as we were leaving the hospital last time, but I’d love to get a going home pic this time.  
  • Burp cloths: Again, I’m pretty sure that the hospital will provide some form of a burp cloth, but you can never have enough of these things!  Bringing them just in case.  And for the car ride home.
  • Blanket: Our little bundle is arriving in the fall, so cooler weather means extra bundling.  I don’t know if we will need the blanket in the hospital, but we will need it when we leave.
  • Car seat installed in car: This is an absolute must!  For those of you reading who don’t already know, hospital staff will come outside with you and check that you have a properly installed car seat before you’re allowed to leave the parking lot with your baby.  I already had hubby install this in my car one month before my due date just so it was done.  That is not something you want to have to mess with when you’re in labor!
  • 2 outfits: Because those hospital onesies are so boring!  Why wait to start dressing up that little darling?!
  • Socks & hats: I’m feeling a little redundant here, but it is so nice to have your own clothing in a hospital.  Hospital will provide, but bring yours if you want.
  • Sweet Dream spray: This wonderful spray helps promote a calm and relaxing environment.  Who doesn’t need that after birthing a baby?!
    • Combine 10 drops of Lavender essential oil and a pinch of Epsom salt in a 2 oz glass spray bottle.  Swirl to allow the salt to absorb the essential oil.  Add 2 oz of distilled water and shake.  Spray linens, clothing, the air, etc.
    • I still use this spray with my toddler during nap and bed time!
  • Diaper cream: I prefer to use all natural products and can’t wait to try out my new Young Living diaper cream!  Sadly, most baby products sold in stores are loaded with harmful chemicals and toxins.  I want to do the best that I can to support my baby’s immune system, not make it work harder than necessary!
  • Umbilical cord ointment*: I plan to use this daily on our baby’s umbilical cord until it heals completely.  
  • Anointing baby with oils list*: Shortly after birth, we plan to anoint our baby with essential oils.  We strongly believe in the power of these precious resources and want our baby to be as healthy and strong as possible.

*Recipe and information can be found in the Gentle Babies book.

Hospital Prep: List for Dad

  • Comfy clothes & shoes
  • Snacks
  • Money for vending machine
  • Ball cap
  • Vitamins

This list is a little embarrassing!  But, no offense to dads, they’re not really the focus.  Bare essentials for dad.  He will be the supporting role and errand runner during the hospital stay.  He will need to be comfortable and prepared to help with caring for baby and taking care of mommy.

Hospital Prep: MISC items to bring

  • preparing for babyPhones & chargers: This is a last minute pack for sure, but definitely needed!  This is how my hubby will communicate with all of our family and friends when the day is finally here!  
  • List of pictures wanted taken at hospital: Like I mentioned before, pictures were more of an afterthought the first time around.  This time, I’d like to have a list so we don’t forget anything.  There are tons of cute ideas online if you need a little inspiration!
  • Diffuser: This device spreads essential oils into the air for scent and therapeutic benefits.  I plan to use it during and after labor.
  • Birth plan: Although, I was told by a few midwives during my prenatal visits that this document was unnecessary, I am still going to make a birth plan.  I think it’s really important to put all my requests down on paper for everyone who is involved in the process.  I want as little intervention as possible and wish to have no vaccinations or medications given to my baby.  Searching online can give you a starting point and some ideas of what to include.
    • Essential oils:

      Mom, Dad, Baby, Mom & Baby, Diffuser

  • Aroma Life
  • Aroma Siez
  • Brain Power
  • Cedarwood
  • Claraderm spray
  • Clary Sage
  • Cool Azul
  • DiGize
  • EnRGee
  • Eucalyptus
  • Frankincense
  • Gentle Baby
  • Geranium
  • Jasmine
  • Joy
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • M-Grain
  • Myrrh
  • Orange
  • PanAway
  • Peace & Calming
  • Peppermint
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Stress Away
  • Thieves
  • Trauma Life
  • Valor
  • White Angelica
  • Ylang Ylang

Most of these recommendations came from the Gentle Babies book.  Others I found online.  Again, I am not permitted to share why I am choosing these oils, just know that they are in the best interest for the specified party above.  I made a spreadsheet with information on when and how to use the essential oils.  If you’ve never used essential oils before, I encourage you to check out this post.

Hospital Prep: Don’t Bring These!

  • Diapers & wipes: The hospital will provide diapers & wipes.  And, if you ask, they will even send some home with you!
  • Fancy clothes for anyone: You’re main focus is taking care of baby and surviving those first few days with a newborn!  No one needs to be dressed to the nines in the hospital!
  • Things for baby to do like toys, books, etc.: Babies don’t really do much more than eat, sleep, and use the restroom in those first few days.  Unless you want these items for a photo shoot, leave them at home.  Your baby will be fascinated by simply looking around.
  • Too much stuff: You don’t need to bring your entire house with you.  Your stay should only be a few days.  Depending on the size of your room, all of the stuff that you bring may make it feel cramped.

Overall, you need to do what is best for your family and your specific situation.  This is just a list of what we will be bringing.  If you have not thought about this, please do so during your third trimester.  Being packed and ready is a great feeling!  Blessings to you & your family as you welcome a new life into the world!

Toxin-Free Cleaning

Cleaning sprays DIY

After years and years of using store bought toxic cleaners, I decided to try making my own using pure ingredients and my Young Living essential oils.  If you’ve never heard of essential oils, check out my posts here and here.  I use these toxin-free cleaners with microfiber cloths to clean my entire house from top to bottom.  Using microfiber instead of paper towels reduces the waste. Now, my little one can help me clean and I don’t have to worry about harmful toxins getting to my family.  It makes me cringe thinking about all of the toxins that I used before while cleaning.  Under the kitchen sink was filled with different cleaners.  I no longer have to worry about my daughter ingesting large amounts of super harmful toxins.


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To view the kind of glass bottles that I use, click here.  I like to use the amber glass instead of clear to protect the oils inside.  Sunlight can lessen the affects of the oils over time.

Toxic Ingredients

But first, let’s talk about toxic ingredients and why you want to avoid them.  The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has a list of what they call the “dirty dozen.”  This lists the top harmful toxins currently used in the personal care and cleaning industries.  I encourage you to visit their site and read the information for yourself here.  [You can also find lists on foods on their site as well.]  This site is loaded with information and is one of the first places to check.  The first time I began researching, I was appalled that consumers are not protected against these terrible ingredients by any governing agencies!  And so many people purchase cleaning products from the store that can harm their families.  The largest area of concern for me is endocrine disruptors.  There are a lot of toxins used in common products that have been linked to hormone issues.

Watch a video about staying away from harmful toxins here.

Hormones and Why Being Toxin-Free Helps

Your hormones are incredibly important to your body and its regulation.  Simply put, they are the messengers of the body.  Your hormones control feelings, emotions, blood pressure, help break down food, regulate pain, and much more.  For even more information on hormones, visit this site.  So, basically, when you use toxic cleaners, your hormones are not able to function at their best capacity.  Toxins must be filtered out and broken down by your body.  If you are unable to break them down and dispose of them, the body just reabsorbs the toxins.  Many people suffer with problems of the thyroid, adrenal fatigue and more.  I wonder how many of these issues could decrease or resolve themselves if more people started removing toxins from their homes.  The body is an amazing creation, so why not do everything we can to give it the best environment possible?!

My Toxin-Free Cleaners

When starting off toxin-free, you’re going to want to dispose of all the plastic in your home because plastic has……you guessed it: toxins!  So, for all of my cleaning products, I order glass spray bottles online.  We prefer the darker amber glass because essential oils need to be protected from sunlight.

So, here’s more information on the different cleaners that I use and how I use them in my home.

Cleaning Spray

Cleaning spray DIY

This is the all-purpose cleaning spray that I use the most in my home.  You purchase the Thieves Household Cleaner from Young Living and then just add water.  The cleaner is highly concentrated and smells wonderful!  We spray our counters off, mop the floors, and use on any other surface that needs to be cleaned.  It is by far the best cleaner and easiest to make!  Only two ingredients!  This is in the largest spray bottle because it is used the most often.  You can make different strengths of cleaner by adding more concentrate if needed.

Glass & Stainless Steel CleanerGlass and Stainless cleaner DIY

This cleaner is my next favorite because I hate cleaning glass!  I never liked the method (even though it works so well) of wiping the cleaning solution off with newspaper.  That just didn’t sit right with me.  Probably because newspapers are so dirty.  This recipe uses white vinegar, rubbing alcohol, water and citrus essential oils like lemon, lime or grapefruit.  (These links go directly to the Young Living website.  Unless you are a member, you pay retail price.  I would encourage you to look into becoming a member because of all of the wonderful perks, including cheaper prices!)  This solution also works well to clean all of our stainless steel appliances.  Just make sure you don’t spray too much.  Just like essential oils, a little goes a long way!

Purbreeze

Refreshing spray DIYI use this spray to freshen the scent of my home by spraying the linens, carpets, and furniture.  It uses a blend called Purification which smells fresh and clean.   I’ve also made a carpet deodorizer with baking soda and this blend.  You sprinkle the carpet and then vacuum it up.  I prefer the spray method because it takes a lot less time!  Another benefit to this spray is that the essential oil blend contains Citronella and Lemongrass oils, both known for their repelling properties.

Dusting Spray

Dusting spray DIY

I really, really, really hate to dust!  But, this spray has made the experience a little more tolerable.  With the fresh lemon scent, it really lifts my mood. I spray a small amount on the microfiber cloth – not on the surface of what I am dusting – and wipe off.  It helps remove whatever is on the surface and leaves a fresh smell.

The difference between this fresh smell is that it actually came from a lemon’s peel.  There are no toxic chemicals used to make a lemon smell like, well, … a lemon!

If you are interested in learning more about toxin-free living, and making the choice to invest in your family’s health, please consider becoming a member of Young Living.  They are a wonderful and trustworthy company with very high standards for all products.  Click here to sign up today and start enjoying the benefits of toxin-free living!  Thank you so much for blessing my family!  We look forward to sharing more information with you about living a healthier lifestyle and sending you a free gift as our way of saying thank you.

Jewelry Display DIY

I make my own diffuser jewelry to sell at craft shows and vendor events.  Displaying the jewelry was taking up soooooo much space on my table, that I wanted to come up with another way for a jewelry display.  Below are some of the necklaces that I have made.

diffuser jewelry

You put a piece of felt or those little pom poms inside the locket and then add the essential oil to that.  Read more about essential oils here.  Read why I use essential oils instead of perfume here.  I really like having them on the card stock for transporting and selling, but was struggling with displaying them for sale.  So, I decided to make my own display.

Make Your Own Jewelry Display

wire for project

I wanted to make something that was cheap (meaning using things that I already had laying around) and easy.  I had some extra wooden frames, clothespins and this floral wire.

pliers for project

  1. First, carefully remove the glass from the frame.
  2. Then, use pliers to cut the wire length.  I just held it up to the back of the frame and guessed.

cute little clothespins

3. Next, thread the wire through the spring part of the clothespins.  They will hang but still be able to spring open.

hot glue gun keeps wire in place

4. Use a hot glue gun to attach the wire ends to the back of the frame, making sure the little clothespins stay on.

clothespins on wire

Almost finished!  Jewelry display DIY at its best.

decorative paper added

5. Finally, add decorative paper – this is scrapbook paper – to the back, in addition to the backing of the frame.  Push down all those annoying little metal pieces to hold the frame back on.

ready to hang jewelry

6. Attach desired jewelry.  Or whatever you want.  I designed this to hold jewelry, but the options are endless.  You could hang pictures, notes, mail, etc.  Just decide what you are using it for before you create it, so you know where to put the wire and how many clothespins you will need.

finished project

Here’s another one that I made going landscape.   They were a big hit at the vendor event and helped draw people to my table.  The jewelry is usually a great seller.

Natural scents or Chemical-laced Perfumes

Chemical free perfume

Using Natural Scents vs. “Fragrance”

Natural scents say exactly what they are scents that come from nature.  Fragrance is an ingredient in many cosmetic, hygiene, and household products.  Companies market the bottle like it contains natural scents, but read the ingredients.  I bet you will find fragrance in the list.  Natural scents that I use with my family include using Young Living’s therapeutic grade essential oils.  Read more about that here and here.  I use these essential oils to make all kinds of products for myself and my family.  Perfume is one thing that I ditched as soon as I stated researching fragrance.  I now make my own 🙂

Why is Fragrance a “Bad” Ingredient?

According to EWG (Environmental Working Group – a great resource if you haven’t already heard of them), companies can legally use the word “fragrance” as a cover for any number of chemicals used to create a scent.  Many of these chemicals have been linked to weight gain, respiratory problems and other minor – but unnecessary – issues.

Using products with these chemicals is not good for your body’s endocrine system.  This is the system that controls your hormones, which have a direct impact on many things that happen inside your body.  Even more disturbing, these companies are not always required to test their products to make sure that they are safe for human use.

Here’s what EWG’s website states: “under U.S. law, the term fragrance is defined as a combination of chemicals that gives each perfume or cologne its distinct scent.”

I’m not sure if this image is clear to see, but it shows that after testing many perfumes, it was found that they contained MANY chemicals.

Tested perfumes and chemicals
Source: http://www.ewg.org/research/not-so-sexy

This is not something that I will voluntarily expose my body to!

What are the Natural Alternatives?

Diffuser jewelry

I choose to say no to chemicals, especially ones that will be sprayed onto my skin and clothes!  I don’t want to breathe in chemicals all day!  Instead, I make my own diffuser jewelry and add pure essential oils to fabric inside the locket.  The scent is pleasing to the nose, and packs extra body benefits.  Joy is what I commonly use to boost my mood throughout the day.  Smelling a scent is a great way to gain access to your body’s cells.  There is a direct path from the nose to the brain.  Scents are a powerful thing, and I want to steer clear of chemicals whenever and wherever possible.

Do your own research.  I bet you will be surprised at the information that you find.  First, the food industry’s complete lack of concern for the consumer, now the cosmetic industry carries that same integrity (or lack thereof).  You must be educated and seek the knowledge out for yourself.  It seems like we are doing so many things wrong!  Any small change that you can make is for the better.

Interested in taking the plunge to get healthier?  Find lists and explanations of many different things that you can try in previous posts.  Read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.  Try to cut out one major source of fragrance in your home today!  Candles, body wash, lotion, scented cleaning products?  Remember, your family’s health is at stake!

Back to School with Essential Oils

It’s hard to believe that it is August already!  In thinking about the upcoming school year, (thanks Walmart for putting your Back to School stuff out in July) I wanted to share ways that my family (hubs and I are both teachers) stay healthy using essential oils.  There are many products available through Young Living that help boost the natural immune system of your body.

Essential oils help your body's natural systems - a great way to stay healthy during the school year.
A few of my favorites

Thieves for Back to School

Here’s what Young Living posts about Thieves:

“Thieves® essential oil is a powerful combination of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils for an aromatic blend that fills any space with a rich, spicy aroma. Inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated a special aromatic combination composed of clove, rosemary, and other botanicals used while robbing the dead and dying, Thieves is one of Young Living’s most popular products.”

There are so many Thieves products to choose from, including soaps, hand purifiers, detergent, and the essential oil.  Incorporating as much as possible will definitely help your immune system!  We diffuse Thieves oil every day using a diffuser that has a timer and runs sporadically throughout the day.  At night, we diffuse Thieves in J’s room to boost her immune system as she sleeps.

Use Thieves oil to boost immune system going back to school

Why Oils Work

Essential oils are the natural essence of plants.  They were created by God.  Perfect.  Our bodies know exactly what to do with them and can instantly recognize them, unlike many other things in our environment.  The body is an amazing group of organ systems that work together to perform necessary life functions to keep us alive.  Oils are able to interact with the body on a cellular level, many able to pass through the blood-brain barrier.  This means that they can travel quickly through the body and aid the body in maintaining homeostasis – which is where everything is balanced.

Watch a YouTube video about Essential Oils & Back to School here.

Why Young Living?

Young Living is a company that has been around for over 20 years and is known as a world leader in terms of essential oils.  They have high standards and hold their products to them.  My family has benefited over the last 2.5 years that we have used the oils and oil-infused products.  If you’d like more information about the company, click here.

Why Now?

Young Living has a special for the month of August.  If you sign up for a Premium Starter Kit, you get a bottle of Cedarwood oil for free!  If you sign up under me, you also get a diffuser necklace to fit your personality.  Click here if you are ready to begin your oily journey.

Taking Charge of Your Health – Part III of III

Here it is!  The last part (for now) of getting your health in check.    If you missed the other posts, you can find Part I here and Part II here.  So, without further ado, here are some more ideas to try that will benefit the health of your family:

-Cut out plastic.  Replace with glass.

-Use Essential oils to support your body’s systems.  For more information on essential oils and the company that I recommend, click here.


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-Educate yourself on Emotions & how they can affect your body.  Click here to view this book.

 

A great resource to healing from emotional pain

-Make your own products using natural ingredients.  Check out my store on square here.  Here are the spray bottles that I use.

Using essential oils to make products benefits your health

-Get rid of candles, scented soaps, lotions, etc.

-Cut out as much sugar as you can.  Sugar feeds cancer!

-Research oil pulling

-Research dry brushing

-Drink half your body weight in fluid ounces, but drink 15 minutes before eating, NOT during, and 30 minutes after.

Click here if you want to watch a video explaining all of this in more detail.

Why I Changed For My Family’s Health:

When I was expecting my first child, I really started thinking about how I was living.  Having a child really does change things.  First, I looked at our diet – which wasn’t great, but not terrible either!  Then, I started using Young Living essential oils and LOVED them.  The company sells other products, too, which are infused with essential oils.  That made me start to look at the products that we were using: shampoo, lotions, candles, soaps, etc.  To top it all off, my small group started a Bible study on The Daniel Plan.  This book is used with the study book that is very informative and explains a lot.  Lastly, there is a cookbook with some great recipes!

Information about Health Comes From:

I have two friends who are studying homeopathic ways and they have shared lots of great information with me.  Much of this information is available online.  You just have to know what you are looking for and go find it!  I like to find the same information on several different reputable sites to confirm that it is accurate.

Make one small change every week!

Daily Oily Life with Essential Oils

Must have essential oils - what I use every day.
A few of my favorites

So, my family has been using Young Living essential oils for over two years now.  It has become so much a part of my daily life that I don’t even think of them anymore, it’s just become part of my routines.  I thought I would share what I use during a typical day.

I have made roll-on bottles with some essential oil and jojoba oil.  Diluting the oils helps the body absorb the essential oils better.

Topical Application of Essential Oils

When I get up, I apply Progessence Plus on the sides of my neck and Joy over my heart.  Progessence Plus helps balance hormones and Joy uplifts.  Juniper goes over my bladder to support its function.  I use this deodorant recipe with Lemongrass and Cypress essential oils.

Young Living Essential Oils - my daily routine
Here is my collection of essential oils so far!

We have a diffuser that automatically diffuses Thieves every 20 minutes.  This helps to clean the air in our home.

I have started oil pulling to help pull toxins out of my mouth using this recipe with my Young Living essential oils (at least three times per week).  Make sure you drink a glass of water before oil pulling because it dries your mouth out.  I drink one as soon as I go out in the kitchen and then oil pull (swish around in my mouth) while I get breakfast ready, pack lunches, empty the dishwasher, change out clothes from washer to dryer, etc.

Toothpaste – I make that too.  Here’s a recipe that I use to start.  I don’t always put stevia in because hubby doesn’t like the taste.  I add water if needed to make the consistency right.

Diffusing Essential Oils

Next, I wear diffuser jewelry almost every day.  I make my own, but love everything that I have purchased from Sacred Arrow.  I use different oils based on my needs that day.  Lately I have been using White Angelica at work because it helps block negative energies.  Joy is another good oil to wear on jewelry.

 

Try diffusing essential oils!
Our home diffuser

At work, I diffuse Stress Away for obvious reasons.  Teaching can be very stressful.  I apply White Angelica to my neck and wrists.  I have a spray that I use behind my desk with a blend called Clarity and water.

 Using Essential Oils Internally

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Another great Young Living product to try is Ningxia Red.  It’s made with wolf berries and is loaded with antioxidants.  My family takes a shot of NingXia Red every morning.

I drink water with citrus oils in it throughout the day, such as Tangerine, Grapefruit, or Orange.  I apply Stress Away directly to my wrists throughout the day during intense moments of stress.

When cooking, I use essential oils in place of herbs and spices sometimes. Rosemary, Basil and Thyme are the most common.

Personal care products I either make using Shea butter and coconut oil or order from Young Living.  Shampoo, conditioner, soap, face wash, and acne cream are a few examples.

Bedtime Routine

At night, I like to diffuse Cedarwood and Lavender to help me calm down and relax.  I make a Lavender spray that I use on linens in the bedroom.  Every night, I alternate between Surrender, Rutavala and Tranquil before bed, applied to the back of the neck and bottoms of feet.  Valor goes on my jawline.  Lavender and Valerian go on my big toes.  A relaxing cream is applied to my feet.  I use a lotion to moisturize my skin.

I know this is a lot of information, but that’s what I do on a daily basis.  Any change you could make is for the better!

If you are interested in signing up for Young Living, check out this post.

 

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An Introduction to Essential Oils

Young Living Oils are great for your body

What are Essential oils, you ask?  Oils are called the “life blood of the plant.”  I like to think of it this way: if a plant had blood – which it doesn’t – it would be essential oil.  So, think of everything that your blood does for your body: carries nutrients, waste, gases, regulates temperature, hormones, etc.  Plants are a little different, obviously, but that gives you an idea.  Plants survive in the wild, amidst weather and extreme conditions.  Furthermore, essential oils tap into that knowledge and apply it to the human body.

What’s Different about Essential Oils?

Our bodies are a network of natural systems designed by a wonderful Creator.  Since essential oils come from plants – which were also designed by the Creator – they are the most natural option for our bodies.  So, our bodies know exactly what to do with them!

Think about eating an apple.  Your body recognizes all of the components as sugar, vitamins, minerals, etc.  Next, think about eating apple flavored cereal that was created in a food factory.  There are dozens of ingredients that you cannot even pronounce on the box.  If you can’t say them, chances are, your body does not know what to do with them!

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Why Young Living Essential Oils?

Young Living is a great company!  They have been in business for over twenty years.  The founders are believers who have spent much of their lives learning about plants, essential oils, growing conditions and educating themselves on health issues.

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There are many great recipes online – mostly I find them on Pinterest – for using essential oils to make other household and personal care products.  I would like to make a master list of all of the links for recipes that I have used.  Stay tuned for that.

Here are a few items that I have made using my oils:

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IMG_2730Interested in becoming part of a team who loves essential oils?  If so, please research the company.  Just as the oils speak for themselves, so does Young Living.

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Want to Become a Member of my Team?

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If you’d like to sign up under me, click here.  Then, you are added to an informative Facebook group and get a diffuser necklace with a sample of an essential oil of your choosing.

Not sure you want to commit yet?  Sign up for a retail account (click the link above and change the Membership Type from “Distributor” to “Customer”).  You are not required to order and will pay retail price, which is one major drawback of this kind of account.

Order Peppermint and/or Lavender essential oil(s).  Those two oils have so many different purposes.  Check out Pinterest.  Lavender supports the Cardiovascular system, emotional balance, skin and nervous system.  Peppermint supports the following systems of the body: digestive, nervous, respiratory, muscular, skeletal and integumentary (skin).

A little background…..

My family signed up over two years ago and we are very pleased!  Young Living’s products are high quality and cost effective in the long run when you price out other alternatives.  We use essential oils every day to support the natural processes in our bodies and we have never felt better!  In addition to lifestyle changes -mostly diet and exercise- essential oils can make a huge impact on how you feel.

Once you sign up and fall in l-o-v-e with essential oils, you will need to think about storing large quantities of oil bottles.  Purchasing storage containers can be expensive, so check out my post about a DIY option.