Menu Plan: 9/28-10/4

There are a lot of perks to menu planning, something that I faithfully did for the first few years of my marriage… until I had a baby and life got cRaZy! However, after 15 months of reasons and excuses not to menu plan, namely one adorable little boy, it is time to get back into this routine! Here are the main reasons why menu planning is helpful essential to my family:

  • Decreases my stress by reducing chaosI have enough to think about throughout the busyness of the day without getting to dinner time and having the pressure of figuring out what on earth we are going to have for dinner. When I menu plan, dinner is already thought out, groceries are purchased and prepped & all I have to do is pull out the ingredients and throw them together. Even better, if I have planned a slow cooker meal, I just toss the ingredients into the slow cooker and there is no prep work at the end of the day!
  • Reduces wasteI’ll admit it, I cannot stand to waste food! We rarely waste anything just because I am such a frugal tight wad that I find a way to either use or preserve any left over ingredients, but I know that is not the norm. Many people who have ingredients without a plan to use them end up wasting hundreds of dollars per year on wasted food, especially produce. When you will plan, all of that delicious food gets used up & what doesn’t get used one week can be planned into the next!
  • Reduces grocery costsThe last point leads into this one. Less waste = less money spent on groceries. When you have a plan for each item in your refrigerator/pantry, you don’t have to worry about that extra pound of squash staring at you or ending the week with a jar of blueberry syrup, a can of clams and four carrots (because who wants to make a meal with only those ingredients?!?).
  • Keeps tummies full… aka helps my marriage thrive!Unfortunately, when I fail to menu plan, we frequently have multiple ingredients in the refrigerator and pantry that don’t necessarily go together (see the above mentioned) or I have a hard time scavenging to find something to put together at the last minute. When I menu plan, there is always plenty to eat… and that makes the husband happy, which it turn makes for a more peaceful marriage! 😉

Different people have different methods of menu planning and what works for one family may not work for another, but the important thing is no matter what your preferred method, make a plan! At this stage of life, I find that what works for my family is making two different lists. I make a weekly meals list that includes the recipes I want to use for the week (plus a few extra) and then I make a tentative & flexible calendar to schedule when those meals will be made/eaten.

Meals For The Week of 9/28-10/4

Breakfast
Frittata (add squash & bell peppers)
Sweet potato mash (sweet potato, coconut oil, cinnamon & salt)
Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
Southwest Breakfast Scramble
Nuts, banana & raw milk (for Paul)

Lunch
Paleo Pizza Bites
Paleo Cobb Salad
BALT salad (bacon, avocado, lettuce & tomato)
Roast beef, pickle & mustard wrapped in nori
Beans & dirty rice (for Paul)
Leftovers

Dinner
Spaghetti Squash Carbonara and/or Pesto Chicken Spaghetti Squash w/ Melted Zucchini & Onions (& potatoes for Paul)
Beef Enchilada Bake and/or Stuffed Pepper Casserole (& rice for Paul)
“Cheesy” Chicken Skillet w/ Roasted Okra (& potatoes for Paul)
Baked chicken & Loaded Cauliflower Mash (& rice for Paul)
Simple Salmon w/ Lemon & Thyme (use dill instead of thyme) w/ Garlic & Dill Veggies (& rice for Paul)

Snacks
Dill Pickle Kale Chips
Trail Mix (variety of soaked & dehydrated nuts/seeds with dried fruit)
Leftover Frittata
Carrots & Sweet Potato Hummus or Cauliflower Hummus
Bulletproof Coffee or a fancy Coco-nutty Latte
Unsweetened Baker’s Chocolate
Air-popped popcorn w/ coconut oil & seasonings
Apples or bananas w/ seed/nut butter
Quick guacamole w/ carrots or celery

FOOD TO PREP (this is my list of what I still need to prepare)
Cook chicken (crock pot)
Cook bacon & sausage
Boil eggs
Cook large batch of rice
Cook white potatoes
Cook sweet potatoes

As you can see, I have not “planned” for making treats. Those recipes I just keep in my arsenal for when I get the urge for a treat, but I don’t want them to be scheduled into the meal plan. Obviously, we will not make and eat all of these meals in just one week, but this gives me some flexibility as many of the recipes include the same fresh ingredients & I can choose to make one recipe or another without being wasteful. What I don’t use up this week will go onto the menu to be used for next week. If I have spared time, I may also make an extra meal to freeze and pull out for a quick dinner on a busy night.

Do you meal plan? What are your best meal & menu planning tips?

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October Unprocessed: Recipe Inspiration

Have you heard about the October Unprocessed challenge? As it is right before the start of the holidays, October is a great time to reset your body and your taste buds to crave healthy food rather than junk.

This year I will be concentrating on a few different goals during the month of October:
– Eating whole, unprocessed, nutrient dense foods
– Dairy/gluten & mostly grain free
– The grains we do consume will be rice & corn
– No sugars in any form but fruit & honey, and limited quantities of those

I already have a few events on the calendar during October where I know I will probably not stick with eating according to these guidelines, but I plan to aim to eat this way 99% of the month, and 100% of the month while I am in my own home or cooking for myself and my family.

I know myself well enough to know that if I want to meet these goals, I have to plan ahead. I love interesting food, so I need meals using ingredients that I love so that I won’t have such awful cravings for sugar. Some of my favorite foods are avocados, bacon, sweet potatoes, eggs, apples, beef, pork, salmon, shrimp, and all sorts of veggies, so I looked for recipes that I could center around those ingredients. I also looked for recipes that include my favorite spice combinations such as curries, garlic, dill, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and cumin. If you like these ingredients, then you are sure to love the recipes I have chosen!

Here is a round up of recipes to inspire these healthy eating habits (all recipes are gluten free, grain free, dairy free & refined sugar free)…

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EGGS

Eggs in A Squash
Baked Eggs
Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole
Spaghetti Squash Breakfast Cups
Sweet Pepper Quiche
Sunday Sweet Potato Scramble
Spinach & Bacon Frittata
“Cheesy” Eggs in Ham
Tuna Stuffed Eggs
Butternut Squash Frittata
Paleo Breakfast Burrito
Scrambled Egg Bake
Basil, Avocado, Bacon Deviled Eggs
Spanish frittata with caramelized onions
Southwest Breakfast Scramble
Twice Baked Breakfast Sweet Potatoes
Bacon Deviled Eggs

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MAIN DISHES

Creamy Chicken Soup
Shredded Salsa Chicken
“Cheesy” Chicken Skillet
Paleo Cobb Salad
Tuscan Chicken
Slow Cooker Indian Beef Curry
Russian/Ukrainian Meatballs
Buffalo Chili
Swedish Meatballs
Make Ahead Freezer Meatballs
Mississippi Roast
3 Layer Shepherd’s Pie
Garlic & Ginger Beef w/ Broccoli
Beef Stew
Date Night Steak w/ Mushrooms
Bacon Cabbage Chuck Beef Stew
Avocado & Bacon Muffins
Skillet Ham Tetrazzini
Delicata Squash Boats w/ Pork & Avocado Salsa
Salmon Scallion Patties

Paleo Fish & Chips
Butternut Squash Curry Shrimp “Pasta”
Salmon Veggie Nori Rolls
Cabbage Roll Goulash
Cauli-Fried Rice
Keema
Keto Egg Fried Rice
Pumpkin Alfredo
Sundried Tomato “Pasta”
Spaghetti Squash Carbonara
Paleo Lo Mein
Spicy Italian “Pasta”
BLT Salad w/ Prawns & Avocado
Mom’s Spaghetti Sauce w/ Spaghetti Squash
Crispy Cast Iron Chicken
Spicy Beef & Root Veggie Pie
Shakshouka
Bacon Burger Meatloaf
Keto Mexican Rice
Bacon Wrapped Chicken w/ Onions & Mushrooms
Coffee Roasted Chuck Roast
Cold Fighting Chicken Soup
Beef Enchilada Bake
AIP Chicken n’ Gravy
Balsamic Meatballs
Beef Fried Plantain Rice
Acorn Squash Tacos
Coconut Crusted Cod
Easy Hamburger Soup
Paleo Alaska Jambalaya
Spicy Creole Pulled Pork
Bacon Avocado Stuffed Burgers
Italian Chicken Casserole
Buffalo Chicken Skewers
Breakfast Pizza
Beef & Broccoli “Noodle” Bowls
Paleo Chimichurri Grilled Shrimp
Lamb Meatballs w/ Cauliflower Puree
Bacon n Eggs Chopped Salad with Probiotic Avocado Dressing
Stuffed Pepper Casserole
Tomatillo Ranch Chicken
Curried Chicken & Shrimp Pineapple Salad
Sweet Coconut Shrimp Curry
Paleo Pizza Bites
Perfect Roast Chicken w/ Vegetable Gravy
Pesto Chicken Salad
Kale-Sausage Minestrone Soup
Loaded Cauliflower Mash
Spice-Full Venison Paleo Chili
Plantain Chicken Fritter Clubs
Steak & Veggie Sushi
Pesto Chicken Spaghetti Squash Bake
Simple Baked Salmon w/ Lemon & Thyme
Sloppy Joes
Fried Cabbage w/ Bacon, Onion & Garlic
No Bean Chili w/ Roasted Butternut Squash
Cajun Shrimp & Grits
50/50/50 Burgers
Chicken Florentine Meatballs w/ Spaghetti Squash
Asian Sesame Chicken Wings
Lemon Garlic Shrimp
Crockpot Taco Meat

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SIDES

Roasted Butternut Squash w/ Duck Fat, Garlic & Rosemary
Oven Roasted Green Veggies
Roasted Carrots w/ Cinnamon
Paleo Bloomin’ Onion w/ Spicy Sauce
Restaurant Style Sweet Potato Fries
Butternut Squash Porridge
Smoked Cabbage
Curried Cauliflower Dirty Rice
Melted Zucchini & Onions
Roasted Okra
Simple Spaghetti Squash
Garlic Grilled Veggies
Mushroom Duxelles
Curried Cream of Broccoli Soup
Mom’s Mushroom Soup
Garlic & Dill Veggies
Cinnamon Carrot Fries

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SNACKS

Pumpkin Granola
Dehydrator Paleo Garlic Mustard Zucchini Chips
Warm Sweet Potato Hummus
Roasted Cauliflower Hummus
Shredded Chicken Crisps
Dill Pickle Kale Chips
Cinnamon Pecans
Sweet & Salty Sugarless Snack Mix
Mixed Berry Lemon Gummies
“Banola”

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“BREADS”

Sweet Potato Flatbread
Bacon & Chive Sweet Potato Biscuits
Easy no grain, no sugar microwave muffin

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TREATS

Apple Pie Omelette
Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Bake
Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding
Meyer Lemon Chia Pudding
Pumpkin Cookies
Birthday Waffles
Baked Apples & Almonds
Latte Chia Pudding
Keto Cookies
Crunchy Cacao Cookies
Hot Cross Buns
Chocolate Hot Cross Buns
Cinnamon Muffins
Best Ever Banana Bread Pancakes
Pumpkin Ice Cream
Single Lady Applesauce Waffle
Apple Spice Sponge Cake
Cinnamon Sunbutter Snowball Truffles
Apple Upside Down Pie
Moo-less Chocolate Mousse
No Bake Chocolate Fudge
Bitter Bounty Chocolates
Pumpkin Spice Thumbprint Cookies
Lemony Carrot Apple Bombs
Butter Pecan Apples
Sweet Potato Chocolate Pudding

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MISC.

Easy Paleo Gravy
Paleo Coffee Creamer
Homemade Mayo
Homemade Ketchup
Creamy Coco-Nutty Coffee Latte
Rosemary Garlic Ghee with Smoked Sea Salt
Bulletproof Coffee
Taco Seasoning

Essential Oils 101: The Premium Starter Kit

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And now we arrive at one of my favorite things about Young Living… The Premium Starter Kit!

Most of us are living on a pretty strict budget these days, myself included. A few years ago when I first learned about Young Living Essential Oils (YLEOs) and tried them out, I loved everything about the products immediately… except the price tag. How could I afford to use these oils?

The sweet ladies that taught me about YLEOs mentioned to me that I could sign up as a distributor to receive the 24% off retail (wholesale) pricing. “Yeah… but, what’s the catch?” I thought to myself. I was told that there was NO CATCH! As a distributor I was not obligated to actually sell any products. I could sign up strictly to get the discount on purchasing products for my own use. “But how much do I have to spend each month to get that discount?” I thought. NO MONTHLY PURCHASES! The only requirement was that I spend $50 product value per YEAR and I had one year from my sign up date to spend that. “Um, for real???” 50 PV is the equivalent of just a couple of bottles! I knew I would want to buy at least a couple bottles in a years time as I was looking to grow my personal oil collection!

But… what if I decided I didn’t want to make that 50 PV purchase within the year? Would there be a penalty? Nope! NO PENALTY! If you decide not to make another purchase, you are simply put on an “inactive” status. It’s no risk to you.

Of course, as a distributor I had the option to turn my love for essential oils into a home business, but I wanted to make sure that I really, really loved the products before I did that, so I just bought the oils at wholesale price to use for myself and my family members… and now a few years later, I am sharing what I know & selling them as a business because I really do love YLEOs!!!

So, let’s lay this out in an easy-read format…

The Premium Starter Kit includes:

  • The Everyday Oils Collection (retail $163.16)
  • The Aroma Diffuser (retail $117.11)
  • A 5ml bottle of Stress Away essential oil blend (retail $13.50)
  • AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment
  • Welcome to Young Living booklet
  • Essential Oils at a Glance user’s guide
  • Member Resource Guide
  • S.E.E.D. Sharing for Success booklet
  • Two sample sachets each of: Lavender, Peppermint, Peace & Calming®, Lemon, and Thieves®
  • Two NingXia Red® 2-oz. samples
  • Business cards sample pack
  • Member Agreement
  • Product Guide
  • Access to wholesale pricing (24% discount off retail prices on all products)
  • The opportunity (but no obligation!) to create a home based business

And if that weren’t enough, I personally offer the following to my personal Young Living down line team. This is something only offered by me, just because I love YLEOs and my down line!!

  • Option to order with the monthly group order to receive cheap (and sometimes free) shipping and still receive your wholesale pricing
  • Access to my exclusive down line only Facebook group
    • Where I share the latest YLEO information
    • Special giveaways
    • Answer questions
    • Access the team support group
    • An online community to learn & share about using YLEOs
  • The Everyday Oils quick usage guide –  an index card sized flip book I have put together on how to use the oils found in the Everyday Oil Collection. This reference guide is small enough to fit in your purse so that you can take it on the go & easily remember how to use your oils!

And now the big question…

HOW MUCH DOES THIS STARTER KIT COST???

Everything above your will receive for $160.

WHAT??? That’s how less than the cost of the Everyday Oil Collection alone!!!!!

Yes, it is. This starter kit has a retail value of nearly $400. And THAT, my friends, is why I am so excited to share this offer with you!

HOW DO I GET THIS KIT???
1. Click this link to be directed to the Young Living opportunity page…

  • One on the page, click the button to sign up as a “wholesale member”
  • Enter the number “1325323” in the sponsor ID & enroller ID boxes (this is my member number)
  • Fill out “Step 1″ which is the personal information form
  • In “Step 2″ you will pick out which starter kit you want to purchase. The Premium Start Kit is the best value for your money as you will receive approximately $400 worth of product for $150. This is the best discount opportunity you will have. It includes the entire Everyday Oils Collection, a bottle of Stress Away oil blend, a full size home diffuser, sample products, and business aids in case you decide to build a business (don’t worry, it’s not a requirement to join)!
  • “Step 3″ is optional. You can enroll in the essential rewards program at this point, or you can skip this and choose to enroll at a later time or not at all. The essential rewards program is an optional offer to distributors where they can earn points for free items by making monthly purchases of $50+. However, it is not a requirement to be a distributor. There is a button you can choose that says, “No thank you.”
  • Lastly, type in your credit card information and then press the “submit” button to proceed to the checkout.

2. Once you have submitted your sign up form, contact me to let me know that you signed up under me so that I can add you to my exclusive down line group & get your FREE quick usage guide to you!

Are you as excited about this opportunity as I am? What questions do you have? Comment here or contact me directly and I would be happy to answer your questions!

Essential Oils 101: Diffusers

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As you have read through the Essential Oils 101 series, have you noticed a trend in how many times Young Living essential oil diffusers are mentioned? That’s because although not all essential oils are safe for topical and/or internal use, almost any essential oil can safely be diffused! A good diffuser is a must-have for any essential oil junkie!

Reasons to use diffusers:

  • Uplift mood
  • Reduce depression
  • Ease anxiety
  • Calm atmosphere
  • Increase mental clarity
  • Increase alertness
  • Increase focus
  • Deodorize / freshen
  • Sanitize
  • Eliminate pathogens
  • Fight respiratory symptoms (cold, cough, congestion, etc.)
  • Relieve allergy symptoms

Young Living sells multiple types of diffusers. You should pick which diffuser would work best for you based on your individual needs. Here are links to the different diffusers:

The Premium Starter Kit includes the Aroma Diffuser. I have found that this diffuser (the Aroma Diffuser) works very well and meets all of my at home needs. When out and about or on a trip, I like using the Travel Fan Diffuser because it is light, compact, works well in small areas & packs up easily.

What questions do you have about diffusers? How have you used diffusers with your essential oils?

Contact me if you would like more information on purchasing this helpful product!

Essential Oils 101: Joy

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The last oil in the Young Living Everyday Oils Collection is a blend called “Joy.” This oil blend is a mixture of Bergamot, Ylang ylang, Geranium, Lemon, Coriander, Tangerine, Jasmine, Roman chamomile, Palmarosa, and Rose. Joy is calming, uplifting, and can be used on children. This is also a great blend to have on hand for any woman when it’s near or during “that time” of the month because Joy can not only relieve menstrual cramps, but also balances emotions. One caution with this oil is that it can cause photo sensitivity, so avoid large amounts of direct sunlight within 12 hours of using. Joy is also an interesting blend because it works well when applied over the heart area. A good way to remember this is that we all want to bring “joy to our heart!”

Some uses for Joy essential oil blend:

  • Alleviate menstrual cramping
    • Place a few drops on your abdomen & rub in well
  • Reduce postpartum depression
  • Increase libido
    • Diffuse in your diffuser
    • Add a few drops to carrier oil and give your spouse a relaxing massage
  • Alleviate headaches
    • Apply a drop to your temples, then rub into your hands, cup hands over nose and mouth & inhale deeply
  • Improve blood circulation
    • Apply 1-2 drops directly (undiluted) on area where circulation needs improvement
  • Ease anxiety
    • Rub a drop over your heart area, wrists, neck, and/or feet
  • Lower blood pressure
    • Rub a drop over your heart area, wrists, forearms, neck, and/or feet
  • Uplift mood
    • Diffuse in your diffuser
    • Add a few drops to a hot bath
    • Use consistently to stabilize mood
  • Reduce irritability (in kids, too!)
    • Rub a drop behind and around each ear
  • Freshen laundry, use in skin care products, air freshener, diffuse to freshen, etc.

What questions do you have about Joy essential oil blend? How have you used Joy essential oil blend?

Contact me if you would like more information on purchasing this lovely product!

Essential Oils 101: Frankincense

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Not only was it one of the three gifts brought to Jesus by the wise men, but this oil is also well known for its warm and sweet scent. Young Living’s Frankincense essential oil stands on its own & pairs well to enhance the effects of other oils when it is mixed. Frankincense is a gentle oil and safe for young children. In fact, many will apply a drop of frankincense on the top of the head and down the spine of their newborn directly after birth in order to help with spinal alignment. There are even studies that have shown this oil can help with the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, Lou Gehrig’s, cancer, liver cirrhosis, and many other diseases. Wow!

Some uses for Frankincense essential oil:

  • Enhancing other oils
    • Frankincense can be used in combination with other essential oils to enhance their natural properties
  • Respiratory Infection (colds, coughs, pneumonia)
    • Inhale directly
    • Massage into the chest and throat and over the balls and arches of the feet
    • Apply a drop to a hot, damp wash cloth, place over nose & mouth and inhale deeply
    • Diffuse in your diffuser
  • Stress relief
    • Apply to temples
    • Rub a drop in your hands, cup hands together over nose and mouth, inhale deeply
    • Diffuse in your diffuser
    • Wear as a perfume
  • Asthma
    • Inhale directly
    • Massage into the chest and throat and over the balls and arches of the feet
    • Apply a drop to a hot, damp wash cloth, place over nose & mouth and inhale deeply
    • Diffuse in your diffuser
  • Disinfectant
    • Apply to cuts and scrapes
  • Depression / Uplift Mood
    • Wear as a perfume
    • Diffuse in your diffuser
  • Mental fatigue / clarity
    • Add to your bath water at the end of a long day, massage into your scalp or across your chest
  • Reduce inflammation
    • Take internally (a couple of drops in a capsule) or apply directly to inflamed area
  • Nervous & immune system support
    • Take a couple of drops in a capsule internally and/or apply to bottoms of feet
  • Brittle nails
    • Apply 1 drop on nails  to help strengthen brittle or weak fingernails
  • Muscle relaxant
    • Apply to affected area
    • Diffuse in your diffuser
  • Vertigo
    • Take 2 drops under the tongue immediately and an additional drop 30 mins later
    • Rub 2-3 drops behind & below each ear
  • Ulcers
    • Take internally in capsules. Gently massage into the reflex points of the feet
  • Cysts
    • Apply 1-2 drops on cyst 2 times a day until gone
  • Improve concentration
    • Apply 1-2 drops of on temples and/or back of neck
  • Itchy skin
    • Apply a drop to itching area
  • Wrinkles
    • Gently massage into the skin in upward circular motions on a daily basis
  • Insect bites
    • 1 drop on an insect bite to reduce swelling and speed up the healing process
  • Scars
    • Apply to scarred area from acne, surgery, stretch marks, etc. and rub in well
  • Relieve nervous energy
    • Apply a drop to the bottoms of feet
  • Memory
    • Diffuse in your diffuser
    • Inhale 1-2 drops via steam as needed
    • Massage into base of the toes
  • During pregnancy / labor
    • Apply to lower back to ease pain & calm senses
  • Postpartum depression
    • Add several drops to bathwater or a foot bath, rub into hair or receive during a foot massage as frequently as possible
    • Diffuse in your diffuser

What questions do you have about Frankincense essential oil? How have you used Frankincense essential oil?

Contact me if you would like more information on purchasing this incredible product!

Essential Oils 101: PanAway

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If you suffer from muscle and joint pain and discomfort, then the essential oil blend I am talking about today may be just the relief you having been looking to find! Young Living’s PanAway essential oil blend is a mixture of wintergreen, helichrysum, clove and peppermint. The combination of these oils works wonders on all types of soreness. Due to the ingredient wintergreen, this product is not safe for use with young children or on cats, but it does come with a child safety seal to keep little prying fingers from getting into trouble. When using PanAway, the method of use is pretty much the same for almost every need… “dilute and apply to affected area!” You can use this oil blend to replace common products such as Bengay, Icy Hot, Aleve, Motrin, Advil, Midol, etc. You will want this one in your first aid kit at all times!

Some uses for PanAway essential oil blend:

  • Reduce inflammation
    • Dilute and apply to inflamed location
  • Relieve soreness
    • Dilute and apply to area of soreness
  • Promote healing
    • Massage a drop into the bottom of your feet, then dilute and apply to affected area/s
  • Prevent bruising
    • Dilute in carrier oil and apply to the affected area directly after injury
  • Relieve headaches / tension
    • Dilute in a drop of carrier oil and apply to temples and forehead
    • Inhale directly
    • Diffuse in your diffuser
  • Ease growing pains
    • Dilute heavily in carrier oil and apply to affected area
  • Arthritic pain relief
    • Rub into affected area (this works on dogs as well)
  • Sciatica
    • Dilute and rub into affected area
  • Fibromyalgia
    • Dilute and massage problem areas
  • Bone pain
    • Dilute and apply to location of pain
  • Sprains
    • Dilute and apply to sprained area
  • Muscle spasms
    • Dilute and apply to affected area
  • Menstrual pain
    • Dilute and apply to lower back and upper pelvic area (never internally)

What questions do you have about PanAway essential oil? How have you used PanAway essential oil?

Contact me if you would like more information on purchasing this phenomenal product!

 

Essential Oils 101: Valor

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This essential oil blend is one of the most coveted items in the Young Living product lineup. The main reason being that Young Living Valor essential oil blend is known for enhancing the properties over other essential oils when used in combination with them. Valor is frequently out of stock & when it is not out of stock, it becomes that way fast! However, it comes in the Everyday Oils Collection along with the 9 other oils I have been talking about recently. Unless you have sensitive skin, dilution is not always required when using Valor. Because it works directly with the nervous system, this blend of spruce, rosewood, blue tansy & frankincense promotes feelings of strength and courage & has a lovely scent as well.

Valor got its name because Roman soldiers bathed in the ingredients in it before going into battle in order to promote strength and courage (as stated above, this happens by the oil properties working directly with the nervous system).

Some uses for Valor essential oil blend:

  • Promote feelings of strength & courage
    • Apply a drop or two to your neck area when it’s time to have a serious talk with your boss, friend, or teenager
    • Diffuse before a funeral or another stressful scenario
  • Uplift mood
    • Dilute in carrier oil and apply with massage
    • Diffuse in your diffuser
  • Ease anxiety
    • Rub on wrists
  • Release tension
  • Snoring
    • Apply to the right big toe before bed & you will sleep without snoring!
  • Sleep apnea
    • Rub a few drops on your feet before bedtime
  • Back pain / injury
    • Apply to back & base of spine to ease pain and promote spine alignment
  • Stiff neck
    • Rub two drops directly onto your neck
  • Reduce bruising
    • Apply directly to affected area
  • Ease joint pain
    • Rub directly onto affected joint area
  • Sciatica pain
    • Apply 2 drops to the heels of the feet
  • Release tension headaches
    • Rub into affected area (temples, forehead, neck, etc.)
  • TMJ
    • Rub a few drops on the jaw once at morning and again at bedtime until the pain stops
  • Calm hyperactive children / increase focus
    • Apply to great toes before bedtime or at other times of day
    • Diffuse in your diffuser

What questions do you have about Valor essential oil? How have you used Valor essential oil?

Contact me if you would like more information on purchasing this amazing product!

Essential Oils 101: Peace & Calming

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Ready for something relaxing? That’s just what you will get with Young Living Peace & Calming essential oil blend! I have only recently started using this wonderful blend of tangerine, orange, ylang ylang, patchouli & blue tansy, but I wish I had started using it sooner! Not only is it relaxing, but it smells kind of like candy!

Life can be stressful and there was one day in particular a few weeks ago where I had one of *those* days. You know the type of day I am talking about? The one where nothing seems to go according to plan and by bedtime you find that you have a headache, tense shoulders, a furrowed brow, a racing mind & a bad attitude? Please tell me I’m not the only one that finds myself in this situation at times. Well, the first thing I would recommend in this scenario is to spend time meditating on Philippians 4:8 and praying to God through Jesus name, but while you’re doing that, here are some ways that this great oil blend can relieve the tension as well…

Some uses for Peace & Calming essential oil blend:

  • Promote relaxation, decrease stress/anxiety, thought clarity
    • Add a few drops to a hot bath to unwind after a long day
    • Massage on the reflex points of the feet and back of the neck for a soothing and relaxing effect
    • Rub on soles of feet to release tension and promote a good night’s rest
    • Rub on a child’s great toes at night to promote restful sleep
    • Diffuse in your diffuser
  • Promote peaceful atmosphere, decrease stress & uplift mood
    • Combine with a carrier oil and apply to wrists and behind ears for a subtle perfume
    • Rub Peace & Calming essential oil blend behind overactive pets’ ears
    • Diffuse to calm overactive children and/or apply to the soles of their feet
    • Diffuse in your diffuser
  • Teeth grinding
  • Anxiety
    • Rub a drop on the back of the neck at the base of the skull
  • Calm restless legs
    • 2-3 drops rubbed onto legs
  • Travel
    • Inhale on an airplane to decrease flight anxiety
    • Use in a car diffuser to decrease stressful bickering children environment

Unlike most essential oils, dilution is not always required when using Peace & Calming. However, if you have sensitive skin I would recommend diluting. It is also considered suitable for use on children age 2 and older, but I do know some mom’s who have used it (diluted) on the soles of the feet of younger children to promote relaxation without any issue.

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Essential Oils 101: Thieves

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I am so excited to have the opportunity to tell you about Young Living Thieves essential oil blend! This is one of my absolute favorite blends… actually, I think I would dare say it is the best essential oil blend. It is antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, antifungal, and all around antipathogenic. It is my first line of defense for anything germ related. Before I get into the many uses for Thieves, I want to tell you the story of how this blend got its name.

Back in the 15th century, there was an outbreak of the black plague in Europe. Many died from this serious illness, but there was a group of thieves who would travel around, robbing the dead of their possessions and yet somehow they never caught the plague. It was later found that these robbers were using a blend of lemon, eucalyptus, cinnamon bark, rosemary and clove to prevent themselves from contracting disease. These are the ingredients that Young Living now uses to create their special blend called Thieves. This mixture is so effective that Young Living even has a specific line of household cleaning and hygiene products using Thieves oil!

Remember in a previous post I talked about how unlike pharmaceuticals, essential oils have the ability to penetrate to the inside of the cell wall? Well, that is exactly what Thieves can do! The result is amazing!

I have so many stories of how this oil blend has personally helped me and my family prevent sickness, shorten the span of contracted illness, and sanitize to protect against the spread of pathogens. I would not want to be caught without Thieves… especially in cold/flu season! Thieves oil should be always be used with a carrier oil because it contains essential oils that are considered “hot” (aka spicy) which could irritate the skin. The essential oils in this blend that are considered “hot” are clove & cinnamon bark. The amount of carrier oil you will want to use depends on your own sensitivity, so if you find the oil is too “hot,” try using more carrier oil. So now, onto the many uses for Thieves

 Some uses for Thieves blend:

  • Sanitize / disinfect
    • Combine with a carrier oil and apply to wrists and behind ears for a subtle perfume
    • Use for scenting other homemade body products such as lotion, deodorant, etc.
    • Add a couple of drops to your dishwasher before running it to sanitize dishes
    • Add a few drops to your laundry before cycling
    • Add a few drops to your mop water before mopping
    • Put a few drops in your carpet steamer to disinfect carpet
    • Mix several drops with some baking soda to clean bathtubs
    • Make a dryer sheet by putting a few drops on a damp washcloth, toss in the dryer with laundry & dry
    • Use Thieves Household Cleaner or make your own with the oil blend
    • Uses Thieves Hand Sanitizer or make your own with the oil blend
    • Use Thieves Hand Soap or make your own with the oil blend
    • Use Thieves sanitizing spray or make your own with the oil blend
    • Use Thieves sanitizing wipes
    • Use Thieves bar soap
    • Clean pet cages
    • Apply 1-3 drops to cuts or open wounds to prevent infection and promote healing
  • Boost immunity / prevent oncoming illness
    • Add a drop of Thieves to 4-8 oz of warm water (in a ceramic or glass cup) and drink
    • Dilute & apply to soles of feet
    • Diffuse in your diffuser
    • Put a few drops in a capsule and swallow with water
  • Deodorize
    • Diffuse in your diffuser
    • Use Thieves sanitizing spray
    • Apply a few drops to a cotton ball or a glass jar with baking soda and set in the bottom of your trash can
    • Put a few drops in your carpet steamer to deodorize carpet
    • Freshen smelly shoes by putting a few drops on a cotton ball & placing cotton ball in shoes over night
    • Make a scented vacuum bag by putting 2-4 drops on your paper vacuum bag to freshen air while vacuuming
  • Soothe sore throat
    • Use Thieves Hard Lozenges
    • Add one drop to 4-8oz of warm water & gargle, then swallow
    • Dilute a drop in carrier oil and apply to outside of neck at site of soreness
  • Canker sores
    • Dilute in carrier oil and apply to sore area
  • Ingrown toenails / toe fungus
    • Dilute & apply 1 drop to prevent infection and promote healing
    • Dilute & apply to the toes and feet to combat foot fungus
  • Calm cough / congestion
    • Diffuse in your diffuser
    • Add a drop to orange juice to reduce phlegm and congestion
    • Apply to upper chest and throat with carrier oil for bronchitis
    • Directly inhale the vapors when you have lung congestion
  • Increase concentration & work efficiency
  • Sinus headaches
    • Put a drop on your thumb and apply to the roof of your mouth for a headache
  • Help with Lyme
    • Take a capsule full every day to help decrease Lyme disease symptoms
  • Relieve toothaches
    • Dilute and apply a drop to gums
  • Poison ivy relief
    • Apply with carrier oil to poison ivy rashes to relieve the itch
  • Warts
    • Apply a drop 2-3 times a day to a wart for removal
  • Shingles
    • Mix 2-4 drops with carrier oil and rub on daily for relief of shingles
  • Dental hygiene / health
  • Eliminate mold & mildew
  • Neutralize / relieve insect bites and stings
    • Dilute and rub a drop on an insect bite or string to neutralize the toxins and relieve the pain
  • Remove label residue
    • Apply to gummy surface to remove labels and residue
  • Smoking cessation
    • Put on the tip of your tongue to help you stop smoking
  • Travel

 

These uses are just some of the many, many uses for Thieves! I would encourage you to research and find other uses for this amazing oil blend!

What questions do you have about Thieves essential oil? How have you used Thieves essential oil?

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