Spoiler alert: I was a super skeptic, but I soon learned that essential oils really work to reduce toxins around my home. The best essential oils are pure essential oils. As they are very concentrated, it is important to make sure they are 100% pure.
Before December 2014, I felt like many of you probably do. I was doing everything I knew to keep my family healthy. I worked to maintain our typically strong immune systems, especially through the impending season of yuck. And it wasn’t working.
My boys’ immune systems were constantly “a day late and a dollar short.” Personally, I was exhausted from always fighting some bug or another. When it came to keeping my family healthy – I was failing.
How I Learned About Essential Oils
One day, the nurse at the doctor’s office chuckled and asked me which boy I was bringing in today. I think we’d been there about times over the last two weeks. Then she joked that we should get a cot in one of the patient rooms so we could just sort of…move in. UGH!
This is when I decided to take the plunge with essential oils.
What did I have to loose? Seriously, what?
There was buzz and I decided it was worth a shot – but where to go?
If they could have positive effects, they also had the potential to have negative effects.
I needed a reputable company to rely on for safe products. I also needed a support system to help me learn about how to use the oils most effectively.
Pure Essential Oils
Young Living had just what I was looking for. Young Living essential oils are 100% pure therapeutic grade oils. They are absolutely the highest quality essential oils available. Therapeutic grade is a term that is often copied, but Young Living first created this highest of purity standards and Young Living coined the term “therapeutic grade oils.”
Young Living oils (with the exception of citrus oils) are produced by steam distillation which keeps them pure and free from petroleum products that are used by many oil manufacturers who are selling cheaper, imitation oils. (methods of extracting essential oils)
Young Living’s unique Seed to Seal guarantee put me at ease that my family is receiving only 100% pure essential oil – the very highest quality attainable.
I want to give you an idea of how I use Young Living’s products in our family around the clock, so I’ll go through a typical day.
[*edited to add – this schedule was some time ago. We homeschool now and I am definitely not up at 6:30. #notamorningperson]
Uses For Quality Essential Oils
6:30 a.m. I wake up and floss with Thieves dental floss (ok, only some mornings…), brush my teeth with Thieves toothpaste , and use Thieves mouthwash and my teeth have never felt cleaner!
I’m learning a lot about toxins in regular toothpaste; right on the tube, it says “don’t swallow.” Seriously??? It’s IN. MY. MOUTH.
Some bad thing is definitely going down my throat.
6:45 a.m. As I write this, it’s spring in Georgia. I use a combination of lavender, lemon and peppermint as my natural allergy relief to support optimal lung, nasal, and sinus functions.
I make a capsule with 4 drops each of lemon, lavender, and peppermint essential oils to maximize optimal lung, nasal, and sinus functions when they need some additional support.
I also grab my essential oil diffuser and add the same combination of lemon, peppermint, and lavender essential oil.
6:50 a.m. If I’m trying to boost my immune system naturally, I’ll choose an essential oil blend called “Thieves.”
7:00 a.m. I wake my oldest son up. We use one drop of GeneYus essential oil blend on both of his temples. It helps to wake him up and keep him focused and concentrating on the morning routine. Depending on the day, he might ask for a drop of peppermint also on his temples to help get him moving. We say he’s a slow waker-upper. Just like me 🙂
7:10 a.m. Everyone has a 1 oz “shot” of NingXia Red. This delicious little shot is a powerhouse to support our wellness. NingXia Red is a powerful antioxidant drink that contains whole Ningxia wolfberry puree—a super blend of blueberry, aronia, cherry, pomegranate, and plum juices, natural stevia extract, grape seed extract, pure vanilla extract, and orange, yuzu, lemon, and tangerine essential oils. Its health benefits include support from head to toe, via a whole body nutrient infusion. NingXia Wolfberries have been cherished for centuries for its health, energy, and longevity benefits. I’ll be starting my parents on it soon! They are 84 and can use immune and overall wellness support.
11:30 a.m. I head to the kitchen and unload the dishes – I added one drop of Purification when I started the load – it keeps the dishwasher from getting a stale smell.
11:40 a.m. I’m making meatballs for dinner tonight – but I burned my arm while putting the pan in the oven. OUCH!! A drop of lavender will help speed the healing process as well as making it feel better almost immediately.
Bedtime Uses For Oils
6:30 p.m. As the bedtime routine begins, I start a diffuser in my son’s room. He has so much fun consulting with me on what we should diffuse. Many times it’s as simple as lavender. Sometimes he wants Cedarwood, SleepyIze, or Vetiver to promote relaxation and sound sleep.
7:30 p.m. After school, a drop of Thieves on the boys’ feet will keep their immune systems functioning optimally. If they are sick, I may layer Copaiba or Peppermint on top of the Thieves. Both of these help to intensify the effects of the Thieves. These oils allow our bodies to work optimally to do what they were designed to do – maintain wellness!
10:30 p.m. (That time is actually a dream of mine – but for right now I’m going with it!) I’ll set up a diffuser for me with whatever I feel like – something to help with deep, restful sleep, immune system support – whatever the day has brought that I want to help with.
That’s a great example of my essentially oily day!
Notice, I didn’t clean house today – yay for me! But, when I do need to do some cleaning, essential oils have been wonderful helping me replace toxic commercial cleaning products. I’ve replaced toxins in our home with natural laundry cleaning products, natural cleaning products for the boys’ rooms, bathrooms, getting kids back to school healthy, and replacing toxic candles.
I’ve replaced everything with safe, naturally effective and fresh smelling cleaning products that cost pennies on the dollar compared to the commercial products. No brainer.
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