vitality line | nourishing habits

So far, we have covered diffusing, topical application, and Seed to Seal Quality. Up next is utilizing the Vitality Line of Essential oils for ingestion. Remember, we talked about how all EOs are NOT acceptable for consumption. I only trust Young Living EOs for consumption.

There is a lot of mixed information out there on ingesting essential oils. And a lot of fear mongering. Here’s my take, I ingest occasionally for quick, strong system support. I honestly would rather ingest essential oils than a lot of the junk that is in many things you can purchase a drugstore or heck, even most processed foods. I feel that it is a safe practice, with the appropriate awareness of the potency of Young Living oils. Do your own research- empower yourself in your own health.

Young Living, in accordance with the FDA, has put out a new line of oils called Vitality Oils. These oils are the same quality of product as the rest of their oils, but have specialty labels that have instructions for internal use. They come in a convenient 5ml size and are super simple to carry with you.

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The simplest way to take EOs internally is a drop under your tongue. For many oils, this is a fantastic way to get them into the bloodstream quickly and effectively. Some oils, however, may not taste that great. So another option is to purchase clear vegetable capsules to drop the EOs into and then swallow. I usually add my drops of oil and then fill the rest of the capsule with solid coconut oil. I find this helps reduce the “oily burps.”ūüėČ

As always with EOs, start small and work your way up. One drop may be sufficient for you, or you may need to work your way up to more. Be prepared for potential slight detox side affects (headaches, nausea, etc) as the oils help you body systems learn to work more effectively. ingest-5

Immune Boost Capsules
2 drops Oregano, 2 drops Thieves, 2 drops Lemon

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Digestion Aid Capsules
2 drops Digize, 2 drops Peppermintingest-7

Another one of my favorite ways to utilize the Citrus Vitality line is in my water. Drop a small pinch of himalayan pink salt in the bottom of your {glass or stainless steel*} cup, add a drop of a citrus oil, and then fill with water for a yummy, refreshing drink that may help suppress appetite! Peppermint Vitality is also spectacular in coffee or hot chocolate!

Be sure to only use glass or stainless steel when drinking with EOs, as they can eat away at plastic. ingest-8

Another way to take EOs internally is to utilize the Oil-infused drinks from Young Living. NingXia Red is a fantastic antioxidant drink utilizing wolfberries, juices, and oil infusions. It is delicious and I take 1-2 oz every day!ingest-1

Probably my favorite Young Living product is NingXia Nitro. This little sachet is my afternoon pick me up, utilizing essential oils, juices, and natural caffeine. It’s fabulous.¬†ingest-2

Want to learn more? The vitality line oils are included in the Premium Starter Kit. Read more here.

Disclaimer: This info is based on my experiences and resources. Please use common sense and the advice of your qualified health professional when making your health decisions. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. download.jpg

seed to seal | nourishing habits

This week I have shared about diffusing essential oils and applying topically. Next up we will be talking about ingesting essential oils- BUT, before we can move onto that, we need to discuss something SUPER important.

Quality.

There are a lot of companies out there selling essential oils, and these days, you can find them just about anywhere- grocery stores, farmers markets, online, etc. But all essential oils are not the same. There is no regulation on the distilling, bottling or labeling of essential oils. So any company can put “100% pure essential oil”, or “therapeutic grade essential oil” on their bottles, even when the bottle¬†contains many other chemical and compounds to make the oil cheaper to produce. So please, be aware and do your own research. Through my research, I discovered Young Living and their Seed to Seal promise.

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There are 5 steps in Young Living’s Seed Seal.

  • Seed
  • Cultivate
  • Distill
  • Test
  • Seal

There is a ton of information on Young Living’s page and some fantastic videos to watch on the entire process. I trust their entire process and integrity to bring us the purest therapeutic-grade essential oils. I only feel comfortable ingesting Young Living essential oils.

I often get questions about cost of YL oils compared to grocery store oils, but when you really understand the process, how many lavender plants it takes to distill and create a 15ml bottle of highly concentrated Lavender essential oil, you begin to wonder how companies can sell large bottles of “pure” essential oil for next nothing. Something has to give somewhere- either they are adding chemicals and compounds to stretch the amount of oil, or they are using sub-par lavender plants to produce oil. Perhaps both! You get what you pay for! A wholesale membership is a fantastic way to get the oils you love from a quality resource for a reduced price!

I had the opportunity to attend Young Living Convention, and my favorite part was watching Young Living’s Founder, Gary Young’s passion for the product and health and wellness. He truly believes in his products and promoting wealth, not just in making money.

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Want to try out some oils? email me at chelsea(dot)mccown(at)gmail(dot)com. Or read here to learn more!

Disclaimer: This info is based on my experiences and resources. Please use common sense and the advice of your qualified health professional when making your health decisions. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. download.jpg

topical oils | nourishing habits

Be honest, you read tRopical oils when you glanced at this blog title. Ha. I keep giggling when I read it. “What is this crazy hippy talking about now?”ūüėČ

I shared yesterday about how we love diffusing oils in the morning, during school, at night, all the time. Well I’d like to share another way we use Young Living Essential oils: topical application.

There are two was you can apply essential oils topically:

  • Neat: un-diluted, by themselves.
  • Diluted: using only a drop or 2 of essential oil and mixing with a carrier oil

 

In general, I always suggest people always start applying oils diluted. Some oils are considered “hot” because of the warm or cool sensation they create.¬†The number of drops of essential oil to drops of carrier oil depends on who you are applying the oil to and the desired effect. Start with a higher dilution and reduce as you desire.

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What is a carrier oil? A carrier oil is any oil that you use to suspend the essential oil within, enable spreading, and slow the absorption and evaporation time. Pretty much any oil will work, such as coconut oil, fractionated coconut oil (stays liquid at room temp), almond oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, rosehip oil, olive oil, etc. Fractionated coconut oil or almond oil are my favorites for adding to roller blends (more on that below), and jojoba or rosehip are my favorite for facial care and oil washing. I particularly like Leven Rose carrier oils.

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When applying essential oils on my kiddos, I usually dilute them. You can do this in two ways, in your palm or with a pre-made roller. For quick application, simply place a small amount of carrier oil in your palm, add the drops of essential oil, and rub on desired area. I like to make pre-mixed roller for any oils I use regularly, like our bedtime rollers, digestive support, or mood support. I purchase roller bottles on Amazon (the best ones have metal rollers). Simply add the essential oils you want to use to the empty roller bottle (10-30 drops total depending on your desire dilution ratio), then fill the rest of the way with a carrier oil. Toss on a label and you have simple to use essential oils!

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Young Living also carriers a whole line of pre-diluted essential oil blends, which are a fast, simple way to utilize essential oils. Here are a few of them!

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When I apply oils to the bottom of our feet, I rarely use carrier oils, I apply them neat. The feet are a fantastic way to get the oils into our bodies fast! 

Want to learn more about Young Living Essential Oils or get some of your own? Read more here.

 

Also, gotta love my little helper!ūüėČ

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Disclaimer: This info is based on my experiences and resources. Please use common sense and the advice of your qualified health professional when making your health decisions. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. download.jpg

diffusing | nourishing habits

Alright, let’s talk diffusing! Today, I’m going to introduce you to the¬†Young Living‚Äôs Dewdrop‚ĄĘ Diffuser!

What is a diffuser?¬†This particular diffuser¬†functions as a humidifier, atomizer, and aroma diffuser.¬†“Its ultrasonic technology breaks any mixture of essential oils and water into millions of microparticles, disperses them into the air, and releases the constituents found in Young Living essential oils. Custom designed with up to four hours of continuous run diffusion, automatic shut-off, and ambient light control, Young Living‚Äôs Dewdrop Diffuser can transform any space into a spa-like atmosphere. The ultrasonic frequency generates waves at 1.7 million times per second, releasing essential oil molecules into the air.”(From Young Living’s Website)

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Why would I diffuse? Basically, a diffuser is a spectacular way to not only make your house smell fantastic, but also¬†reap the benefits of essential oils through your olfactory sense. ¬†“As scientists have studied to understand the neutral basis of emotion, they have discovered that the limbic system of the brain plays a vital role in interpreting and channeling intense experiences, particularly memories of fear or trauma. Interestingly, the two parts of the limbic system that play a major role in emotional processing- the amygdala and the hippocampus- are located within less than an inch of the olfactory nerve” (within the mucosa of the nasal cavity).¬†Another way in which essential oils can assist in helping people to move beyond emotional blocks is through their relaxing effect. The aldehydes and esters of certain essential oils such as Lavender, Ruta, Frankincense, etc. are very calming and sedating to the nervous system (including both the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems). These substances allow us to relax instead of getting caught into a downward spiral”. (From Essential Oils Desk Reference)

How do I diffuse? Remove the lid of the diffuser, add water up to the fill line (about 3/4th of a cup), and simply add 5-10 drops total of essential oil depending on the room size. Start small just a few drops and see how the oil spreads around your room. Plug it in and press the button on the front once to start the diffuser with the blue light on, press it twice to turn it on with no light, and press again to turn it off! Super simple! The diffuser will diffuse for several hours or until the water has been all used up.

That’s enough science-y stuff for now- onto my favorite diffusing blends!

Sleepy Time Blend
2 drops White Angelica, 4 drops Cedarwood

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Immune Boost Blend
4 drops Thieves, 2 drops RCdiffuser-12

Holiday Blend
3 drops Christmas Spirit, 3 drop Orangediffuser-11

Fresh and Clean Blend
3 drops Purification and 6 drop Orange
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Summer Time Blend
2 drops Lime, 2 drops Lemon, 2 drops Citrus Freshdiffuser-9

Let-It-Go Blend
3 drops Release, 6 drops Lemondiffuser-7

School Time Blend
3 drops Clarity, 6 drops Limediffuser-6

Motivate Blend
3 drops Grounding, 3 drops Envisiondiffuser-5

Mellow-out Blend
6 drops Lavender, 2 drops Surrenderdiffuser-4

What your favorite diffuser combo?

Don’t have a diffuser? Want one? The best way to get one is with a premium starter kit, read more here.

Disclaimer: This info is based on my experiences and resources. Please use common sense and the advice of your qualified health professional when making your health decisions. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. download.jpg

young living | essential oils

As most of you following this little ol’ blog ¬†probably know, we started using Young Living Essential Oils almost 3 years ago. (Interested in getting your own oils? Click on the young living tab across the top- I have a special coupon this month you can email me about!)

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Initially, my interest was to support the respiratory system of a little Jonah bear. But oh my, we have gotten so much more than I could have imagined out of having YL Essential Oils in our lives. Not only are we loving the health benefits of essential oils, but I have also been pursing it as a part-time business for the past year.

I would love to start sharing more about the ways we use essential oils on this blog, as I simply love teaching about them. I may be homeschooling instead of teaching in a traditional classroom now, but I also love hosting several classes a month to empower adults to take charge of their wellness in all ways, including essential oils and healthy habits.

 

I’ve started up a Facebook page and an Instagram feed, nourishing habits, where I discuss all things health, wellness, and large family living. This includes but is not limited to:

  • quality ethical food sourcing
  • clean eating
  • real food meal planning and prep for busy people
  • oily tips
  • large family lifestyle hacks and organization
  • green cleaning
  • and more!

Be sure to hop over and follow me on there. My goal is education; shouldn’t we all learn something new every day? Know better, do better!¬†

Be on the lookout the rest of this month for more posts about the ways we use essential oils to support ALL our body systems!

Next month, I will be starting a Wellness Wednesday post where I feature a more in-depth look at a wellness tip that I share over on nourishing habits!

 

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Disclaimer: This info is based on my experiences and resources. Please use common sense and the advice of your qualified health professional when making your health decisions. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. download.jpg