Sunday, October 22, 2017

Essential Oils: Trending or Mending?

At first I thought just trending. Mainly for those fancy pants women who can actually afford it, amiright?

I’ve been proven wrong and I’m here to tell about it. I will try to make this very matter-of-fact and to the point:

Essential oils have been around since before Jesus walked on this earth. His first gifts as a newborn baby included Frankincense and Myrrh! Cleansing with hyssop, the woman and her alabaster box, the woman who poured oils on his head…etc. Using oils for important purposes along with health benefits has been around way longer than this current fad.

So, why would I buy Young Living Oils (YL) when I can get some from Trader Joes for 20 bucks? DO YOUR RESEARCH. If you actually want the full health benefits of the oils then they should not be chemically engineered! Which farm did they come from? How did they get from plant to oil? Who is doing the work behind it and why?

I researched and found YL to be the most trustworthy by far. YL oils are 100% unadulterated. They tell me exactly where they grew the plants and how they got from being a full plant to being full oil in a little jar that I pour, sniff, dab, and roll. This has been my new conviction lately—Try not to use or eat something unless you know where it came from and the process of how it got from there to you.

Big question of this post : How did I stop being skeptical of people who use oils and decide to try them for myself? I got sick! And so did Ben. We both felt like poo, specifically with head congestion and sore throats.

His sweet mama, Kim, let us borrow her YL diffuser and a few oils, such as lavender, lemon, peppermint, and eucalyptus. She also gave us Young Living Vitamin C Chewables, which taste like big sweet tarts.

We decided not to reach for the Sudafed and instead use the oils.
And wow. First of all, it smelled real nice up in here. Second of all, our congestion headaches weakened and our nose blowing came to a stop within 1-2 days. The oils worked. We felt better. Give me more.

This started my new obsession with YL Oils and I haven’t left them behind since.
I’d like to share my TOP 10 suggestions with these oils from just the first month of me using them.

1. Headache: Put one drop of peppermint in your palm. Dab it with the tip of your tongue and place it on the roof of your mouth. Inhale. Exhale. Rub the excess together on your palms and breath it in and out. This also helps with motion sickness!! Can also diffuse peppermint & panaway.

2. Earache/ Swollen Lymph Nodes: Diffuse 1 drop eucalyptus, 2 drops lemon, 2 drops lavender, 2 drops peppermint, 1 drop thieves. Place your ear directly over the diffusing mist for about 1-2 minutes. Lift up and cup your hand over that same ear for another minute. Repeat 3 times a day until its gone. Mine felt better instantly and I was shocked. Never came back. Also, you can put a few drops of lavender on a cotton ball and put it in your ear, then rub lemon from your ear down your neck.

3. Stuffy Nose: Breath Again Roll-on. Ben has something I think to call “morning nose”. Basically every day of his life he wakes up with a stuffy nose and has to blow it multiple times in the morning. I got this for him and every night roll it on his temples, from ear down to neck, and make a cross on his chest, then rub it all in. The FIRST time I did this, the next morning he maybe blew his nose twice compared to his usual 20. I also used it in Uganda when I got a stuffy nose and it was gone within 2 days.

4. Allergies: Diffuse lavender, lemon, and peppermint every night (and day if needed) during your personal allergies season and be blessssssed. I normally take Allegra D or Claritin D EVERY FALL AND SPRING. To a T. It’s October 22 and I have yet to take a single dose of one. My body is thanking me big time because allergy pills are not helpful with bathroom routines if ya know what I mean.

5. Bathroom Issues: Speaking of which… Hello to this wonderful new friend named DiGize. Traveling has the potential to either really stop you up or really make you go. For me it’s the first one (sorry TMI for some people, just skip it if you don’t like potty talk). In our trip to Uganda, almost 5 days went by without success. That is no fun. I decided to rub DiGize on my lower abdomen and massage in a clockwise rotation for about 1 minute. 2 hours passed by and so did other great things. PTL. 2 days later I did the same thing, and the same thing happened. Apparently clockwise makes you go, counter-clockwise helps you stop going—that’s the way our bowels work.

6. Facial Moisturizer: Frankincense, I love you. I wash my face with Alaffia Coconut Oil face wash I got from Moms Organic Market. Then I use Pure Fiji Day Cream I got from the one and only Pearl Spa and Boutique (I miss working there!). Before rubbing the cream on my face I mix 1 drop of Frankincense in. My skin has never been healthier or softer!

7. Vitamins: Multigreens, Super C, B-12, and Ninxgia Red. All the goods your body could ever need. Vitamins mixed with natural remedies and essential oils. My immune system is getting stronger every

8. Cleaning: Thieves is amazing for everything + it smells like cinnamon and Christmas. Lemon has been mind-blowing as well. Specially getting burnt-in oils off of pans. AND best one yet—I got a dab of black Sharpee on our light beige colored cloth couch and thought I was screwed. I put 1 drop of lemon on it. Scared me big time because the oil made the Sharpee dot even bigger. Then I grabbed a cloth with cold water and regular clear colored soap (although thieves soap is on my wish list) and I rubbed the Sharpee stain right out. Amazing. Thank you lemon.

9. Smelly Odors: We painted our walls with fresh white paint one day, during which I opened the windows and diffused purification, lemon, and peppermint throughout our house. The realtor walks in an hour or so after painting and says, “Wow, it smells really good in here!” Yall. Paint is STRONG and does not smell good. Purification oil is the bomb for getting rid of smells asap.

10. Make Up: Mineral Make-up is not tested on animals, and uses essential oils in it! It is so pretty and so great because I know its not destroying my skin, but actually helping it. I normally don’t even like make-up, but this stuff makes me want to wear it!

Things I still want to try:

1. Stretch Marks: Coconut oil mixed with frankincense, lavender, and copaiba (all come in starter kit) rub in circular motions on stretch mark area.

2. Longer Lashes: 2 drops cedarwood, 1 drop rosemary, 3 drops lavender mixed with 2 tsps V-6 essential oil or almond oil in an empty mascara container. Apply every night before bed.
+ Longer Hair: Cedarwood, rosemary, lavender, and peppermint mixed with a little bit of apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, and water. I created this in a spray bottle and used it once, which made my hair really soft, but have been traveling since and haven’t brought it with me!

I will keep you updated if these work!

Things I learned the hard way:

1. Check to see if you need to dilute your oils before putting them on your skin! I put Panway right on my temples once and it burrrrrrned. Milk helps if that happens btw, but read about it beforehand! Water makes all oils penetrate deeper, so don’t try to stop the burning with that…

2. Do not diffuse Eucalyptus at night unless you have a stuffy nose or are congested. It dries you out! I was doing this for a few nights just because I liked the smell, but my lips became extra dry until I figured it out.

If you’re interested in trying YL oils:
Message me! I’m so happy with them, and would love to help you however I can.

This is a really awesome time for us right now to be apart of the YL community because whoever buys a Starter Kit (11 everyday oils + diffuser + samples) for a value of $320, gets it all for only $160, AND $50 of that price goes towards Ben and I moving to Jinja, Uganda to work at The Amazima Secondary School. The school is also supported by Young Living! They have donated diffusers and oils to use in offices, students’ dorm areas, and their medical clinic!!!

Ben got burned by a Nairobi Fly (if you kill them on your skin they are more poisonous than Cobra’s venom) so his skin was red and inflamed, and we went to the nurses station where they gave us Young Living lavender oil and tea tree oil to put on it daily until it heals. Ben said it was very soothing, and his neck is slowly getting back to normal! This stuff is legit.

Help support your health. Help support our mission.

You will have a large community of support along the way. Thanks for reading about all the goods these oils have done so far. I hope to talk with you soon!
Ps: Christmas is coming, what an amazing gift this would be ;)

Love from Laura.

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