Essential Oils to Avoid During Pregnancy

Essential Oils to Avoid During Pregnancy
A lot of my friends are pregnant right now, and I have been getting a ton of questions about which essential oils should be avoided during pregnancy. I have been directing people to the book Gentle Babies by Debra Raybern, an excellent resource for pregnant women and moms of babies, toddlers and children.  And I’ve been sharing samples of one of my favorite baby/kid oils, Young Living’s Gentle Baby blend.  (You can read some of my thoughts on it on this blog entry here.)

Of course, using essential oils or not during pregnancy is a very personal choice, and there really is no definitive list of which ones should absolutely be avoided.  As with anything during pregnancy, take caution, do your research, and if something goes against your gut instinct then just avoid it for now. 🙂  That said, here is a list of what many people, including aromatherapists, herbalists and physicians say should be avoided during pregnancy:

Basil, Birch, Calamus, Cassia, Cinnamon Bark, Hyssop, Idaho Tansy,
Lavandin (a form of lavender, often sold in stores as lavender), Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon and Wintergreen should be avoided during pregnancy. 

Additionally, peppermint should not be taken in the 3rd trimester as it may cause baby to flip!
Clary Sage has been known to cause contractions, so do not use that until you are in the early stages of labor and you are indeed full term and under a doula or doctor’s care. This is a favorite oil to gift to expecting mamas at 41 weeks and beyond.

Oils which many mamas choose to avoid using on babies are Eucalyptus, Basil, Juniper, Peppermint, Hyssop and Wintergreen.

Again, *you* are the mom or soon to be mommy, so it is ultimately your choice. Before you embark in your essential oils journey, you may even want to consult your healthcare provider. Another resource which is extremely helpful (for EVERYONE, not just pregnant mamas) is the Essential Oils Desk Reference by Life Science Publishing.  It is my essential oil bible!  I flip through it for everything!  Feel free to ask questions of other “oily” moms!  We are everywhere and growing in numbers! Do your research, read and if you’re so inclined pray for guidance.

Congratulations, mama! I hope you enjoy the rest of your pregnancy. If you have any other questions, feel free to connect with any of The Joyful Oilers on Facebook or shoot me an email at crystal@thejoyfuloilers.com.  If YOU are a Joyful Oiler, ask your questions in our secret Facebook group and someone will jump on and answer you.  Thanks for stopping by! Bye for now!

p.s.- Don’t have an oil person in your life yet and need a kit?  You can use this link to grab your Premium Starter Kit and become a wholesale member right now. 🙂

Free Peace & Calming Essential Oil Blend with Dew Drop Premium Starter Kit through January 31, 2017

Click on this picture to order your Premium Starter Kit with Dewdrop Diffuser now!

At last Saturday’s Young Living Live Your Passion Rally, it was announced that Young Living is generously gifting brand new members a bottle of Peace & Calming when they sign up for a wholesale membership with the Dewdrop Diffuser Premium Starter Kit (pictured above.)  Seasoned oilers are going cuckoo CRAZY for this deal (and wishing we could be brand new members to take advantage of this too) because Peace & Calming is one of the most LOVED and COVETED oils, and it just came back in stock after a whole year of being gone.

Peace & Calming was one of the first Young Living oils I tried that really convinced me to make the Young Living switch.  (That and the Thieves blend, which I know I’ve mentioned before.)  In case you haven’t heard my story, I had been using a popular brand of organic oils from Sprouts, our local health food store.  I had been using them for years and years despite never getting any results from them.  I don’t know why.  Maybe because the USDA organic label gave me the warm fuzzies, or maybe because I thought they might someday start working.  Ha!  But he grocery store lavender essential oil never helped my kids fall asleep, and when I diffused it, it actually bothered the back of my throat—despite having that USDA label.  I found out WHY that was later, but I digress.

A mama friend from my kids’ school invited me over to her house and let me use her Young Living Peace & Calming and lavender essential oils to make a sleepy time roll-on blend for my kiddos.  I was skeptical, since I had zero exciting results with my previous oils.  But I loved the smell and they didn’t bother the back of my throat, so I gave them a whirl.  I was SHOCKED and AMAZED that the sleepy time blend actually worked on my kiddos, who had until that time given me nightly grief at bedtime.  Mamas, I know you know what I’m talking about.  After doing a lot of research and learning about Seed to Seal and Young Living’s beautiful, organic farms, I made the switch to Young Living permanently and I use their oils exclusively.  I finally got my Premium Starter Kit and became a wholesale member of Young Living.

Peace & Calming (which does not come in the kit) quickly became one of my favorite oils, and I listened to my oily friends and bought it every month so I could have it when it inevitably went out of stock.  This oil is so precious that Young Living limits each account to one bottle per month when it is in stock, and even then it disappears quickly.  In fact, you can’t buy it right now! But you can have a bottle of it if you order your Premium Starter Kit with Dew Drop Diffuser between now and January 31, 2017 by 10:59 pm MST OR if you participate in this month’s 300 PV Promotion.  

When you grab your Premium Starter Kit with Dewdrop Diffuser, they are giving you a bottle of one of their best loved oils—valued at retail $45.72—for FREE.  That’s amazing.  You’re paying $160 plus tax and shipping but getting around $400 worth of great stuff.

This is why we love Peace & Calming so much:

  • It’s a sweet smelling blend of ylang ylang, orange, tangerine, patchouli and blue tansy essential oils that promotes relaxation and a deep sense of peace and emotional well-being.
  • It helps to dampen tensions and uplifts the spirits.
  • Used on the bottoms of feet or in diffusers, it helps promote a good night’s sleep—even in kids!
  • It helps to calm overactive and difficult-to-manage children. It was a Godsend when my kids were home over winter break and REALLY excited for Santa to come!
  • It helps support those with depression, anxiety, stress and insomnia.

If you’re new around here and you’re not sure what to expect with your Premium Starter Kit, here is a brief overview of what will be delivered to your door (in addition to the free Peace & Calming if you order by January 31, 2017):

Young Living Premium Starter Kit with Dew Drop Diffuser

 

  • A high quality diffuser that doesn’t heat up your oils so that the therapeutic qualities are retained
  • 11 bottles of therapeutic grade essential oils (plus a bonus bottle of Peace & Calming if you order between 1/21/17 and 1/31/17.)
  • 2 packets of NingXia Red juice, a powerful antioxidant supplement drink made from wolfberry (goji) juice, blueberry, pomegranate, apricot, and raspberry juices and infused with lemon and orange essential oils. NingXia Red supports immune function, liver function, eye health and can increase energy!
  • A wholesale membership so you get 24% off everything. No you don’t have to sell anything and no, autoships are not required! These options are available, but not required!
  • 10 glass drams so you can take your oils to go or give samples to your friends.
  • 10 sample sachets, so you can take oils to go or give samples to your friends.
  • An AromaGlide roller fitment, so you can turn one of your oils into a roller bottle.
  • A bunch of literature, including an EO magazine and Product Guide.

The current kit oils (in the United States) include:

  • lavender (sleep, skin, relaxation, allergy trio, “swiss army knife” of oils, etc)
  • frankincense (cellular health, brain health, grounding, anxiousness, wrinkles, sadness etc)
  • lemon (clarity, detox, weight loss, part of allergy trio, non toxic cleaning etc)
  • peppermint (sugar cravings, weight loss, circulation, alertness, headaches, allergies etc)
  • copaiba (soothes inflammation, oil magnifier, throat soother, skin, hair etc)
  • PanAway (for sore muscles, achy joints, bone health, bruises, cramps, etc)
  • Thieves (immune support, toothaches, non toxic cleaning, killer of germs, etc)
  • Purification (kills bad odors, lice prevention, bug bites, acne, freshens air etc)
  • R.C. (respiratory comfort, lots of eucalyptus to open up lungs, coughing, stuffiness etc)
  • Digize (digestive support whether your pooping too much or not enough, kidney support etc)
  • Stress Away (a tropical vacation in a bottle, great for anxious, sad and stressed out people. I use it before I get into my car because driving in Southern California stresses me out.)

So there you have it.  If you have any other questions about the Premium Starter Kit, Peace & Calming, or anything else, please feel free to reach out to me.  You can click the following link to order your kit through me right now: https://www.youngliving.com/vo/#/signup/start?sponsorid=3471989&enrollerid=3471989  Please note that you must choose the wholesale membership option to get a Dew Drop kit and the Peace & Calming oil. The sign up process should just take a few minutes, and yes, they will ask you for your social security number or tax id number; this is because it is law when you have a wholesale account, but they will only use this information if you decide to sell and other people use your number to buy kits through you AND you earn over $600 in a year.  Only about 7 or 8% of us wholesale members do that though, so no pressure! 🙂

Thanks so much for reading.  I hope you take advantage and grab your kit today!  Have a wonderful week! 🙂

 

 

LAST DAY! Get 10% off your Young Living starter kit, PLUS $25 from me! 10-19-16

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Hey friends! Yup, I’m gonna talk about Young Living’s CRAZY awesome kit sale again, because today is the LAST day and I do NOT want you to miss out on this amazing-ness.  Young Living is giving brand new kit purchasers in the US and Canada 10% off their home diffuser starter kits, and they are throwing in a bonus 5 ml bottle of oregano essential oil.  So that’s $16 off the regular price of the Premium Starter Kit (PSK) AND you get an extra bottle of oil.

But because I REALLY want you guys to get oils into your hands, I am sweetening the deal for people who order through me.  When you grab your home diffuser PSDK through me TODAY (Wednesday October 19th 2016 before 9 p.m. PST) I am going to give you back $25.  So that’s $41 off your PSK, which is a steal on its own.

At FULL price the kit is a steal, so getting $41 back is kind of amazing, and doesn’t happen very often.  Friends, the oils in the PSK can help support your sleep, they can help your KIDS sleep, they can help you manage your stress more easily, they can help you with that afternoon slump, they can help support your immune system (which is extra helpful this time of year), they can help support your digestion, they can help balance out your emotions, soooo sooooo many good things.

When you get your kit you are going to get a cool mist diffuser, 11 essential oils (plus a bonus 12th oil for starting in October), 2 packets of NingXia red goji berry juice, 10 samples, 10 mini travel bottles, a roller fitment, literature, a wholesale membership so you can re-order at 24% off and when you sign up with me you will also get exclusive access to The Joyful Oiler secret Facebook group where I post educational videos I make and lots of great content for you.  If you’re local to me (Southern California) you will also get my personal concierge service, so when your kit arrives I will go to your house and unbox it with you and give a mini oils 101 class with it.  The oils can’t help if you don’t know how to use them, so this is key!

Young Living Premium Starter Kit with Vitality 2016

The pic above is what you’ll get with your kit, except the diffuser will be a different one. 🙂 Allow me to introduce to you each kit oil and what it has personally helped me and my family with, just so you can have a basic idea of what they can do for you.

Lavender– We use this in our diffusers every night at bedtime. Knocks us right out! I also use it on my kids’ booboos and on our skin.

Frankincense– We use it for grounding and meditation. I also like to use it when I have pent up nervous energy, and it has been amazing for my skin. I get compliments all the time, which is huge for me because I had terrible skin problems growing up.

R.C.– This one helps with respiratory comfort. It has 3 kinds of eucalyptus, cypress, really good things. It has helped support our lungs during times when we were not 100% if you catch my drift. It is a Winter MUST have, especially if you have school aged kids!

Purification– This is what I now use for all natural deodorant. No aluminum and chemicals under these underarms! This neutralizes odors like no ones business. Husband just cooked fish? No prob. Diffuse Purification. Stinky gym shoes? No match for this stuff. Oh, and it has citronella in it, so it’s great to wear when you’re out camping or hiking. 😉

PanAway– This is my go to for when I’ve been carrying a heavy child in line for hours at Disneyland, or if I’ve gone to the gym, or if I’ve been blogging or social media-ing for hours on end. It’s just so good on the muscles, joints and the back, you guys. My husband and I use it in coconut oil as the most amazing DIY massage oil ever. It has wintergreen, clove, helichrysum, peppermint, all the good things for supporting those muscles, bones and joints!

Stress Away– I used to be terrified of driving. I had 2 horrible wrecks when I was a teen, and the fear carried into my 20s and early 30s. When I got on the freeway to drive my kids I would tense up. I’d white knuckle the steering while, I’d start breathing faster, my heart would race, my palms would sweat. But then my friend showed me Stress Away. It physically works with the central nervous system to help calm you down. I put it on every morning while the kids are getting ready for school and it makes me a calm, centered mama, and I can drive without fear now, which has been revolutionary for me. Oh, and it smells like a dreamy, tropical vacation. SWOON.

Thieves  Vitality– Thieves smells like Christmas, and that’s what attracted me to it at first, but then I learned how amazingly well this blend works for supporting the immune system. When there is a lot of ick going around at school, we put this in our diffusers at home, and my kids’ teacher diffuse it in their classrooms. When we’re not feeling 100%, it goes diluted on to our feet or taken in veggie capsules. It’s good stuff!

Digize Vitality– When I travel and I’m going to be eating things my body isn’t used to, Digize is in my carry on bag. Always. It really works to support the digestive system to bring balance, whether you’re struggling to “go” or if you’re in the opposite direction and going too much, ha. It has also been incredible in supporting my husband and some issues he was having with his kidneys last winter. It’s a great oil for a lot of things, not just digestion.

Peppermint Vitality– Peppermint is my go to when I need perking up, because it wakes up my mind and body. It supports the circulatory system and the digestive system, and it is great for relieving occasional head tension (like that time I quit coffee cold turkey!) It’s also awesome for curbing sugar cravings, which has been helpful for me after the kids go to bed.

Lemon Vitality– Lemon is a great oil for detoxing the cells of body, which is great because no matter how intentional you are about keeping toxins out of your body, it’s just inevitable in this modern world we live in. Lemon helps pulls those toxins out so you can flush them down the toilet. 😉 I also use this as an all natural, non toxic alternative to Goo Gone. Whenever we go to Trader Joe’s or Target or Sprouts the cashiers always give my kids stickers, and those stickers always end up on my car windows, and when I remove them there is always sticky gunk. But lemon essential oil gets it right out, and I’m not worried about my kids inhaling the fumes. 🙂

Copaiba Vitality– This one is my most favorite oil for the in winter when I wake up and my throat catches me off guard with some random discomfort. I bust out the raw, organic honey, scoop out a spoonful and drip a drop of copaiba on it, then down it goes and better I feel. Copaiba is also known as a magnifier, so it can intensify any oil you use it with. We like to add it to our Panaway coconut massage oil. And did I mention it’s incredibly moisturizing to the skin?

This month you also get a bonus 12th oil:

Oregano– This is yet another winter staple, and one of the first oils I bought outside of the starter kit, so the fact that you get it automatically for free when you grab your kit this month is kind of amazing. This is another for immune system support. This one is great in DIY capsules along with Thieves, Lemon and Frankincense Vitality oils when you’re not feeling 100%, or if you have been around people who aren’t feeling 100%. I could tell you stories about this one, but I can’t because the FDA won’t let me. Boo.

So those are the 12 oils that will come to your door when you grab your kit from me today.  Plus you’re going to get 10% from Young Living and $25 back from me, so do it already! 🙂 Come see what nearly 2 million other Young Living customers around the world are all raving about.  Like I told you before, it took me years to cave and buy my kit, and once I had it I kicked myself for not getting it sooner.  Like….where have you been all my life?  If you are a human being on Earth, then you need oils. Period.  And I am not kidding.  Use this link to grab your kit right now and I will take care of the rest.  Got questions?  Connect with me on any of my social media accounts below. Thanks friends!

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Essential Oils 101 Class at Drop Talk Live in Carlsbad Ca – Tuesday October 18, 2016

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FRIENDS!  This is kind of last minute—so sorry—but I had to share anyway.  My very good friend, Crown Diamond Jessica Petty, is giving an Essential Oils 101 class TONIGHT at Drop Talk Live in Carlsbad, Ca.  Jess has helped over 20,000 people get oils into their homes and use them effectively, so she really knows her stuff and you do not want to miss this!  The class is tonight, Tuesday October 18th, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  It’s here at the office, downstairs in the big classroom.  The address is 6862 Embarcadero Lane, Carlsbad, Ca 92009, however you will want to GPS the Poinsettia Coaster Station in Carlsbad instead because we share a parking lot with the transit center, and if you type in our actual address it will take you to the wrong side of the building and you could miss us. 🙂  Just drive to the Coaster station and look for our big, bright sign:

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Jess is going to go over around a dozen different essential oils, what you can use them for, what body systems they can support and of course how to safely and properly use them.  I’ll be here also, so please come say hi.  Please bring your friends, your questions and something to write with; you’ll definitely want to take notes!  I hope to see you here!  Also, just a quick reminder that the Premium Starter Kits are still 10%, but hurry because it ends TOMORROW!  Read my last blog for more details, and if you have questions, please connect with me.  If you want to grab one NOW, use this link to get your kit from me right now.  (Remember, for newbies in October, that’s 12 oils and a diffuser, woah!) Thanks, friends!

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Young Living Promotions for October 2016 – How to get FREE essential oils this month

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Hey friends!  Happy October!  This is one of my favorite times of the year, and Young Living has made this month even sweeter with this month’s promotions.  They have added a brand new 100 PV tier which is great for those of you on Essential Rewards.

If this is your very first time reading my blog and you have no idea what I’m talking about, no worries.  Let me explain.  Every month Young Living offers free essential oils and oil-infused products to wholesale members who hit certain PV amounts within a single order.  PV in this context just means “Personal Volume.”  With most essential oils $1=1 PV.  Does that make sense?  If it doesn’t, just connect with me and I’ll try to explain it to you better. 🙂

Usually you have to buy 190, 250 or 300 PV worth of stuff in a single order to qualify for the free promotional items, but this month they have started a new 100 PV tier just for participants of Essential Rewards!  Ok, so let’s go through each tier and the products you’ll earn FOR FREE this month.

When you order 100 PV on an Essential Rewards order you will also get…

5 ml Lavender Vitality

Lavender essential oil is renowned for its calming and soothing properties. Lavender Vitality is the same essential oil with a different label.  It is labeled for use as a dietary supplement, meaning it is regarded as safe for consumption by the FDA.  Lavender can be used in many recipes to add a light floral accent.  My favorite ways to use it are in lavender lemonade when it’s hot out and in a vegetable capsule along with Peppermint Vitality and Lemon Vitality on spring days when the air is heavy with pollen! I also love lavender in my diffuser for a good night’s sleep, and so do my 2 kiddos!

Retail value of freebies at 100 PV Tier: $15.46

When you order 190 PV  in a single order you will get…

5 ml Palo Santo

Palo Santo aka “holy wood” has been used by the indigenous people of the Amazon in rituals and ceremonies for the purifying and cleansing of evil spirits, misfortunes and calamity.  It’s great for emotional balance and helps support the immune and nervous systems.  Many people use it to help with spiritual awareness and for focusing during meditation while simultaneously clearing the space of negative energy.

plus 5 ml Lavender Vitality and 5 ml Clove Vitality if the 190 PV order is on ER

Clove is a great oil for immune system support, which is why it is a key ingredient in Thieves essential oil blend. I have also used it on an impacted wisdom tooth for its wonderfully numbing properties.  I have been using this one a lot for my fall diffuser blends too!

Retail value of freebies at 190 PV tier: $70.39

When you order 250 PV in a single order you will get…

The 190 PV items plus…

Thieves Fruit & Veggie Spray

This Thieves infused spray is a great way to clean your fruits and vegetables before eating them. It’s quick, convenient and efficient!

When you order 300 PV in a single order you will get…

The 250 PV items plus…

14.4 oz Thieves’ Household Cleaner

Thieves Household Cleaner is one of the first products I used from Young Living before I became a member myself.  It is SO versatile and I love that it doesn’t hurt my lungs or make me feel light-headed.  It’s super concentrated, so a bottle lasts several months.  It’s October and I am still using the one I bought in the beginning of January!  I like to put a cap full into a spray bottle with distilled water for general cleaning and I like to make a soft scrub of it with baking soda for tougher jobs, like the stovetop after a pot boils over and crusts on to the range!  Bathrooms, kitchens, floors, baseboards, door knobs….this stuff handles it all.

New Zealand Wool Dryer Balls with 5 ml Lavender

Ok, this one is really exciting!  Maybe you know this already and maybe you don’t, but dryer sheets are very toxic to the lungs and they’re a fire hazard.  Wool dryer balls on the other hand are a safe and all natural way to soften and fluff up your laundry.  Add a couple drops of lavender essential oil to them and they also make your laundry smell like a dream.  I would suggest to you that if you want to grab the 300 PV promo items, do it sooner rather than later because this one is very likely to go out of stock.  Many of my oiler friends are putting in multiple 300 PV orders to earn this promo more than once so that they can give these out as Christmas gifts!

Retail value of freebies at 300 PV tier: $147.39

Do you want to take advantage of these promos but you’re not yet a Young Living member?  No worries, I can help you out with that!  When you grab your Premium Starter Kit, that counts as a 100 PV order, so if you add on to your kit order until it reaches 190, 200 or 300 PV you will also get the promo items for that tier (minus the Essential Rewards exclusives, unless you join that too.)  For the month of October, new members who get their Premium Starter Kit will also get a bonus 12th bottle of essential oil—a 5 ml bottle of oregano!  Oregano is so great for maintaining wellness and supporting the immune system.  On those rare occasions I start to feel under the weather and neglect to nip it in the bud, oregano is a great one to put into veggie capsules along with Thieves to help my body heal itself faster. It’s also a great one for skin tags, warts and moles!

If you’re ready to dive in and grab your Premium Starter Kit this month, use this link to order through me.  When you order through me you will also receive additional materials in the mail to help get you rollin with the oily life, and if you’re on Facebook you will have access to our top secret essential oil education groups where there is an abundance of information for you to learn.  I like to post videos in my Joyful Oiler Facebook group with exclusive content you won’t see on this website, just for my fellow Joyful Oilers, and we’ve got some fun giveaways lined up for this month, so grab your kit and join us!

If you have any questions at all, feel free to connect with me through any of my social media accounts, which will be listed below, or if you’d prefer to chat on the phone, that’s fine too.  I hope to connect with you soon!

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Introduction to Essential Oils Class in Carlsbad, California 9/30/16

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Happy Friday, friends!  I hope you’re enjoying the second day of fall as much as I am!  I have been  at the Carlsbad office playing with fun fall scents in my diffuser this morning, and now I totally want a pumpkin spice latte or apple pie or something, ha!  Anyway, I just wanted to do a quick post to let my local friends know about a live event I am doing one week from today, here at Drop Talk Live in Carlsbad, Ca.  We are right by the Carlsbad Poinsettia Coaster Station, and we actually share a parking lot with them.  You can see our big, bright Drop Talk Live sign from the parking lot. 🙂 (Drop Talk is the name of one of our oil education groups on Facebook, in case you’re wondering!)
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Next Friday, September 30th, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. I will be teaching a class on the basics of essential oils.  I’ll be explaining what essential oils are, where essential oils come from, the 3 ways you can use essential oils, basic essential oil safety and finally, I will be going through 11 of the most popular essential oils and what they can do for you.  We’ll discuss how essential oils can benefit you and your family through supporting health and emotional well being.  We’ll talk about essential oils for restful sleep, oils for using after exercise, essential oils for increasing energy and mental alertness, essential oils for supporting the immune system, essential oils for helping you enjoy the outdoors when the Santa Ana winds strike, essential oils for supporting healthy weight, essential oils for stress management and so much more.  This is going to be a jam-packed 2 hours of essential oil education, so if you are anywhere near Carlsbad, Ca then please come!  North County, Orange County, San Diego County, I am talking to you! 🙂

We are located at 6862 Embarcadero Ln, Carlsbad, Ca 92011.  The event is from 6-8 p.m. and is adults only.  (If you have a baby in arms or in a sling, that’s ok.)  If you want to use your GPS to get here then use the address of the Carlsbad Poinsettia Coaster Station to get here so that you arrive on the correct side of the building; as I mentioned, we share a parking lot with the transit center.  Once you park, head over to the 3 story buildings right behind you, and you will see our big, bright Drop Talk Live sign.

So far we have people coming from Oceanside, Vista, Carlsbad, Encinitas, San Marcos and Valley Center.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.  If you’re new around here, I am Crystal Silvas, the girl behind the scenes here at thejoyfuloilers.com.  You can reach me by email at crystal@thejoyfuloilers.com, by cell phone at (760) 658-0655 or through any of my social media accounts, which will be linked to below.  I really hope to connect with you in person!  We are going to have a great night, and I’ll have some fun surprises up my sleeve, so definitely come!  See you soon, friends!

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How To Whiten Your Teeth Naturally with Thieves toothpaste

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If you’re like most people, you probably want white teeth and you’re probably not aware of how toxic toothpaste is.  This is a pretty big deal because—while toothpaste isn’t meant to be eaten—swallowing small amounts here and there does happen to the best of us, even if we think we’ve rinsed thoroughly.  It also trickles down your throat in small amounts straight to your bloodstream, and that can’t really be avoided. Toothpaste is regulated as a cosmetic and safety testing for cosmetic products can be pretty lax, unfortunately.  It is not uncommon to find harmful ingredients lurking in your personal care products, even in your toothpaste and teeth whitening products.

Your typical toothpaste from the store contains nasty things like triclosan, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), artificial sweeteners, artificial colors, fluoride, Propolyene Glycol, Diethanolamine (DEA), microbeads and other undesirables.  These toxic chemicals have been linked to bone disorders, antibiotic resistance, numerous types of Cancer, Alzheimers, migraine headaches, gastrointestinal disorders, damage to brain tissue, organ tissue toxicity and this scary list goes on and on and on.  Teeth whitening products are also bad for your health and can actually damage your gums and tooth enamel leading to gum disorders and severe pain.  It’s best to avoid these toxins, but don’t worry, you can still have white teeth!

My family uses Young Living’s Thieves Aromabright toothpaste, which we love because it doesn’t contain fluoride, SLS, Triclosan, artificial sweeteners, colors or anything else.  It has a coconut oil and baking soda base and combines the power of cinnamon, peppermint and spearmint essential oils.

Here are some of the benefits to using Thieves Aromabright Toothpaste:

  • Supports healthy-looking gums and teeth with naturally derived ingredients.
  • Removes stains.
  • Provides long-lasting fresh breath.
  • Provides a refreshing minty taste with 100 percent pure essential oils.
  • Contains no sulfates, synthetic dyes, artificial flavors, or preservatives.

Some oily friends of mine shared that if you add a drop of Young Living orange essential oil to the top of your toothpaste before you brush it helps whiten your teeth even more, so I’ve been doing this for a couple of weeks now.  I regrettably didn’t think to take a “before picture” but my husband has said my teeth are looking whiter, and they definitely feel cleaner and smoother.  It’s even removing those stubborn stains from all of those pumpkin spice lattes, and I’m not even having to put bleach in my mouth.  Thieves Aromabright + Orange EO for the win! 🙂

Young Living has a whole line of oral care products, including Thieves mouthwash, Thieves dental floss and several kinds of toothpaste to choose from.  They even have kids’ toothpaste, but I haven’t ordered it because my kiddos like the Thieves Aromabright just fine, and since it doesn’t have any scary ingredients in it, I’m totally ok with them using it.

Have you tried any of Young Living’s oral care products?  Which ones do you like the best?  Let me know in the comments, and if you have any questions for me, let’s chat.  You can reach me through any of my social media accounts, listed below.  Want to get Thieves toothpaste at 24% off?  Click here to learn more about becoming a wholesale member so you can enjoy all of the benefits Young Living has to offer.  Thanks for reading, friend!  Until next time…

 

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How Thieves Essential Oil Got its Name and How I Use It To Stay Healthy

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Labor day is already a few days away, most kids are back in school, people are getting back into their routines, the stores are filling up with pumpkins and fall decor and (depending on where you live) the weather may be starting to cool off some.  For many this time of year also signifies the start of something else, something less desirable: the spreading of germs.  Thankfully, there’s an oil for that.  Actually, there are several, but today we’re going to talk about Thieves.

Thieves essential oil is my go-to for maintaining good health in our household.  A powerful blend of cinnamon, clove, rosemary, eucalyptus and lemon essential oils, Thieves oil is amazing at supporting the immune system.  Its name was inspired by the legend of four French thieves in the 15th century who wore a special blend of rosemary, clove and other botanicals while they robbed the dead and dying.  The story goes, when the thieves were caught they were offered a lesser punishment if they would divulge to the king the secret to their immunity, despite being exposed to a highly infectious, deadly disease.  In 1991, Young Living founder D. Gary Young researched these ingredients while studying the history of essential oils in London and recounts the following about the history of Thieves:

“I must tell you that I have read 17 different versions of the Thieves story,” says Gary, “Some that claim there were four thieves and others that claim there were 40! Many of these legends took place in the 15th century, but still others put the date in the 18thcentury. The formulas also varied from one story to the next, but through my research, I was led to four key botanicals that were mentioned again and again. Those ingredients were clove, cinnamon, rosemary, and lemon—four of the same ingredients that make up Young Living’s Thieves essential oil blend today.

“The legends speculate that the thieves believed that wearing this special combination of botanicals provided protection while they were stealing. French authorities recognized that there was such value in this mixture that upon the thieves’ capture, they received a more merciful punishment on condition that they divulge the ingredients in their secret formula to the king.

“To round out my modern Thieves formula and add another element of protection, I included eucalyptus radiata, which would have been rare to find in those days.”

As I mentioned in a previous post, disease cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment, and Thieves essential oil help to create a highly oxygenated environment that is unfriendly to bacteria, viruses, fungi and other nasty things.  Thieves essential oil can be used aromatically and topically, and it also comes in a Vitality version to be used internally as a supplement.

Because of the spicy cinnamon and clove essential oils, Thieves is considered a “hot” oil and should be diluted with a carrier oil (coconut, almond, avocado, grapeseed, V-6 etc) when used on children so as to not irritate their sensitive skin.  When my kids have been around coughing, sneezing children we bust out our Thieves essential oil.  Before bed, I rub diluted Thieves on the bottoms of their feet and put some Thieves in their diffusers.  I am a big DIYer, so I also make my own Thieves spray that I carry in my bag.  During “cold season” I bring it with me to school and before my son goes into class I spray him with it.

At the first sign that I may be coming down with something, I take Thieves Vitality in a veggie capsule and I drink it down with water, or I add a single drop to my daily NingXia Red shot in the morning.  Thieves is also great for oral health; I used it to numb my inflamed gums around an impacted wisdom tooth, and many use it (diluted of course) on the gums of teething babies.  In a 1997 study conducted at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, a 90% reduction of airborne microorganisms was shown after diffusing Thieves for just 12 minutes, and 99.3% were gone after 20 minutes!

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Thieves is a blend I love in my downstairs diffuser in cooler weather not only for its immune system supporting qualities but also because it smells wonderfully like the holidays.  The warm, spicy aroma goes to work on the limbic system of the brain and calls to mind cozy fall and winter memories.  I think of my mom’s famous spiral ham covered in cloves and freshly baked Christmas cookies.  When my little nephew wants his mama to add Thieves to their diffuser he asks her for “pumpkin pie.”  The cinnamon and clove really shine in this blend.  It’s a much healthier alternative to the toxic fumes that come out of most scented candles and wickless candles these days, and it pulls double duty since it also cleans the air and boosts immunity.

Thieves Vitality essential oil comes in the current version of the Premium Starter Kit, along with 10 other essential oils.  Thieves essential oil was the first oil I tried from Young Living that absolutely sold me on becoming a wholesale member, not only because of its heavenly smell but because it is SO effective.  It is so wonderful that a whole line of Thieves products was created so people can replace their toxic household cleaners and personal care products with the power of Thieves, but we’ll talk about that another day.

If you have any other questions about Thieves essential oil or would like some support with a specific body system you’re having trouble with, feel free to contact me through any of my social media accounts.  You can email me at crystal@thejoyfuloilers.com or you can friend me on Facebook.  If you are curious about becoming a wholesale member so you can save 24% percent off the retail price, click here to find out more.  I hope you learned something new today.  Have you already tried Thieves essential oil?  What’s your favorite use?  Let me know in the comments below!

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Young Living Essential Oils Premium Starter Kit – Why should you get one?

The best way to get started with Young Living essential oils is to grab yourself a Premium Starter Kit (PSK.)  This is how all of the Joyful Oilers got started, because it’s by far the best value, saving you over $150 versus buying everything separately at the retail price.  Plus when you buy a PSK you automatically become a wholesale member of Young Living, which simply means you get to enjoy wholesale pricing AND (***if you want to***) you are also eligible to participate in Essential Rewards and earning commissions when you share oils.  These last two are totally optional however, and many Joyful Oilers become wholesale members just to get the discount.  Totally fine!

What comes in the kit?

The kit comes with a diffuser (you choose which one!), 11 of the most popular essential oils, a roller, samples, mini bottles for travel, 2 packets of NingXia Red antioxidant berry juice, awesome literature and more!  (See the pic above!) Plus, when you enroll through a Joyful Oiler, you get access to our FB oil groups and an informative handbook to help you get started! 🎉

These are the oils that come in the current PSK and—in a nutshell—what they can do for YOU.

Thieves – a.k.a. the healthy-keeper.  It helps clean the air, boosts immunity, makes our digestive systems work their best, and it basically smells like Christmas.
Purification – gets rid of bad odors and also cleanses the air. It feels amazing rubbed on the outside of your throat when you need extra support in the Winter. I use it as all natural, non-toxic deodorant and I love it in our laundry!
Copaiba – supports the body’s response to injury/irritation, is a driving oil (enhances other oils!), regulates my natural immune responses, can be soothing, promotes youthful appearance from the inside out. ☺️
Frankincense – Incredible for my skin and immune system, eases occasional and minor tension/anxiety, promotes feelings of calmness and balance, and (super awesome) it was given to baby Jesus as a gift. This is a great one to use during prayer and meditation practices, or for a good night’s rest.
 RC – contains 3 different kinds of eucalyptus which have naturally occurring eucalyptol (really good stuff), inspires and uplifts before working out, creates a comforting environment, and is excellent for respiratory support.
DiGize – supports a super healthy digestive system, alleviates nausea and upset/sour stomach, great for occasional irregularity or upset tummies, relief from occasional heartburn
Lemon – naturally highlights hair, all natural de-greaser, maintains energy levels, helps oily skin, calluses, cellulite, detoxing your body, weight loss. The works!
Stress Away – exactly what it says. We roll it onto our wrists and the back of our necks anytime we want it. ☺️ This one makes for one happy mama on busy weekday mornings and in traffic on the crazy, California freeways. And did I mention it smells like key lime pie? Oh yes.
Peppermint – part of the trio that helps me enjoy springtime outdoors, keeps my head happy when it’s under pressure, supports the digestive system, promotes proper nasal and respiratory function, helps curb sugar cravings, and helps me feel more awake and energized! I’m obsessed.
Panaway – so many types of relief. Helps with occasional head discomfort, everyday joint and muscle soreness, and that “time of the month” cramp sucky-ness. A must have for the gym.
Lavender – “the Swiss Army knife of essential oils.” We use it for enjoying the springtime outdoors. It’s also great for relaxation, sleepy cream, a calm environment for kids and grownups, healthy, beautiful skin, soothing summertime skin and so much more!

All of these oils are SO GOOD!  You should get you some.  😉  When you do, use this link to order your PSK so you can be a Joyful Oiler too!  Make sure my numbers are in the enroller and sponsor fields—3471989—and when your order goes through you can expect a welcome email from me and some snail-mail with goodies shortly thereafter.  If you order *this month* (August 2016) you also get a bonus 12th oil, cedarwood, when you join as a wholesale member!  In case you missed my blog all about cedarwood earlier this month, it’s a great oil for restful sleep, gorgeous skin, promoting hair growth and more!  (We put it in our sleepy time roll-ons, shampoo and mascara!)

Do you have any other questions?  Just ask me.  🙂  You can reach me on any of my social media accounts by clicking the buttons below, you can email me, you can add me on Facebook or you can call me at (760) 658-0655.  I love meeting new people, and I sure do love introducing newbies to this wonderful oil life.  Let’s connect soon!

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Gentle Baby Essential Oil – For Sleep, Skincare and more during Pregnancy, Infancy and Beyond

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When I was pregnant with my Jeffrey bean (after struggling a bit and miscarrying) I wanted to make sure I did everything “right.”  In my research I learned some disturbing facts about personal care products, and I was surprised to learn that many products marketed to mommies for babies (like baby lotions) contain some pretty yucky ingredients.  I’m talking things like propylene glycol, parabens, triclosan, 1,4-dioxane and ethylated surfactants. You may recall some of these from my recent post on deodorant.

Back then I was still using grocery store essential oils because I didn’t know any better, and as far as baby products went, I bought the safest stuff I could find at my local health food store.  If I could go back in time I would find 20-something-year old me and say “Hey, girl!  Here’s some Gentle Baby essential oil blend and cold-pressed, organic coconut oil.  You’re welcome.”

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Gentle Baby is profoundly comforting to both pregnant women and babies alike, and I so wish I had found it sooner.  Its soothing aroma is great for relaxation and stress management during pregnancy, and many babies (and children) love it for sleep.  My 5 year old daughter loves this one at bedtime, or anytime she needs comfort.  I have used it in my diffuser for sleep too, when I’ve run out of lavender.  It smells divine, like a freshly bathed, snuggly baby.  It’s a lovely oil to diffuse during a baby shower and, for me and many others, it powerfully evokes the memory of our own cuddly babies.  I don’t know how they got a mix of a bunch of flowers to smell so much like babies, but it seriously does.  So if you catch the “baby fever”, don’t say I didn’t warn you. 😉

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The scent magically transports me back to when I was a brand new mommy, with my squishy, cloth-diapered newborn in his Yellow Submarine themed nursery.  We talked about why smells can do that to us in a previous post.  Essential oils go to work on the limbic system, the emotional processing center of the brain.  The olfactory bulb has intimate access to the amygdala, which processes emotion, and the hippocampus, which is responsible for learned associations, so certain smells can instantly call up memories and evoke powerful emotions or reactions.  I have to be honest here.  Looking at these pictures of my now 7 year old son as a cloth-diapered baby while smelling Gentle Baby for inspiration completely reduced me to a blubbering puddle of tears; my husband came downstairs while I was writing that last paragraph and I think I kinda freaked him out.  If you’re reading this, sorry babe.  I’m ok now. 😉

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Sigh…they grow up so, so fast, but I digress…

Gentle Baby is also wonderful for skin support.  I initially bought it to reduce the appearance of my post-baby stretch marks and wrinkles, and many mamas I know use it as an all natural solution to soothe diaper rashes and dry, chapped baby skin.  For babies, dilute heavily with coconut oil or other carrier oil of choice and apply as needed.  Remember, therapeutic grade essential is highly concentrated, so a single drop goes a long way.

Any doulas reading this?  This essential oil is perfect for women to have during pregnancy, labor and delivery.  Mamas-to-be love this oil (when mixed with a carrier such as V-6 or coconut oil) during prenatal massage for relieving stress and anxiety, and it can also help create an atmosphere of serenity.  Bonus, it can help prevent scarring.  Before and during labor it can also be massaged on the perineum to help it stretch for easier birthing.

Gentle Baby is an essential oil blend combining geranium, rosewood, lemon, lavender, jasmine, Roman chamomile, bergamot, ylang ylang, palmarosa and rose essential oils.  Geranium has been used in skincare for centuries because of its ability to support skin tissue and nerves.  Rosewood is also soothing and nourishing to skin and can enhance the skin’s elasticity.  Lemon is a great support to the circulatory and lymphatic systems of the body, and its fragrance is invigorating.  Lavender is considered the “Swiss Army knife” of essential oils because it’s beneficial to most of our body systems, including the skin, plus it is relaxing and grounding.  Jasmine is great for sensitive skin and exhaustion and Roman chamomile combats restlessness.  Bergamot is both calming and uplifting and fabulous for melting away stress.  Ylang ylang is also relaxing, restoring confidence and equilibrium.  Palmarosa is moisturizing to the skin and helps to reduce nervous tension.  Rose can reduce scarring and promotes elasticity of the skin, which is why it’s been used to beautify skin for thousands of years.

Please note: this essential oil blend does contain lemon and bergamot—photosensitive citrus oils—so it can cause the skin to be more sensitive to sunlight.  To be safe, it is best to avoid direct sunlight while wearing this blend or thoroughly washing it off before exposing the skin to UV rays.

For more information about Gentle Baby essential oil or to learn more about the safe use of essential oils during pregnancy, labor, infancy and beyond, I highly recommend reading the book Gentle Babies by Debra Raybern.  It would make a sweet gift for a mama-to-be, along with a Premium Starter Kit (which you can buy here.)  Trust, every mama needs oils in her tool box.  Anyway, thanks for taking a trip down memory lane with me.  I hope you learned something new!  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me any time.  Until next time.