Are essential oils safe for kids?

A question I often hear is “are essential oils safe for kids?” The short answer is, yes, but with some added precautions!

Firstly, essential oils are extremely concentrated and not exactly regulated in the way you might assume.

The closest thing we have in the United States is an FDA requirement to have at least 5% essential oil in a bottle to be labeled “pure” or “therapeutic grade.” This is even true of the “USDA organic” ones; just the 5% oil part has to be organic, but the other 95% can be whatever and they don’t have to tell you what it is. 😳

This means: do your research and know your source! Cheap companies use lots of pesticides and chemical laden fillers, and you don’t want high concentrations of those things on your babies! Our fam uses Young Living oils exclusively because of their unique Seed to Seal promise, and because I’ve lived that promise firsthand! .

Secondly, always dilute essential oils when applying to your child’s skin. One drop of Young Living essential oil contains as many as 400 million trillion molecules! A little goes a long way, and children have more sensitive skin than adults do. We like organic coconut 🥥 oil around here.

Avoid applying essential oils to the eyes, inside of the ears or any mucous membranes. (This applies to adults as well!)

Read the usage label on the bottle and be aware of which oils are “hot.” Dilute these extra and apply to the bottoms of the feet where the skin is a bit tougher. (Think Thieves essential oil blend, which contains spicy cinnamon and clove.) Some great carrier oils you can use are V-6 vegetable oil complex from Young Living, organic coconut oil, grapeseed oil, almond oil, jojoba oil etc.

Me mindful of how you store your oils so little hands can’t get into them without supervision, and keep the oils with child resistant tops way out of reach.

Diffusing oils is another great option for the littles. Both of my kiddos have diffusers in their own rooms with their own sleepy time blends. (We got one diffuser in our starter kit and I immediately invested in extras for our other rooms!)

It’s also helpful to have an essential oil reference guide of some sort on hand so you can look up oils as you go, in case you’re ever unsure about one.

And pick up a copy of the book Gentle Babies by Debra Raybern! That is an excellent source for all oily things pregnancy, baby & kid related. 💕

And if you’re REALLY unsure, Young Living has a whole line of pre-diluted oils just for kids called KidScents. We love this line, especially Owie and Tummygize. 😊

If you don’t have Young Living oils already, you can use this link to become a wholesale member right now, or if you feel like you want more info you can check out the kit on our blog and we’ll tell you all about why you need it in your life. 💕 Happy oiling!

White Angelica Essential Oil Blend Uses

Did you hear?! White Angelica is back in stock!  Praise the Lord!   But it’s only available on Essential Rewards orders. Even better because you get store credit back every time you order on ER.

Not familiar with White Angelica? Well, it’s a beautiful blend of bergamot, myrrh, geranium, sacred sandalwood, ylang ylang, coriander, black spruce, Melissa, hyssop and rose.

A lot of my reiki friends and energy workers use this one in their practices to protect themselves from negative energies. It’s also a blessing for massage therapists who are all up in peoples’ energy fields while they’re touching them.

It offers a feeling of security and comfort to those who do not feel emotionally safe, and it can be used on our animal friends as well.

It increases the aura around the body, creating a feeling of wholeness and strength, like having the protection of angels all around you.

It acts as a protective shield so we don’t take on others’ negative energy.

It also helps us release the negative emotions of greed, loneliness, rejection, shame and weakness, so we can be the beings of light we were created to be.  It lets us remember who we really are.

It helps open up the root, sacral, third eye and crown chakras, centering us and connecting us to our higher power.

Apply topically to the shoulders, ears, throat, spine, wrists or neck. Or you can bathe in it or diffuse it.

I’m so glad this one’s back, you guys! You don’t even know!!!

If you want this oil you’ll need to be on ER first.  If you don’t know what that is, you can watch my video on ER at www.thejoyfuloilers.com/essential-rewards

And if you’re not a member of Young Living yet, what are you waiting for?! You can use this link to join our tribe right now, or you can get more info about the kit an what’s in it here. And while you’re at it, get on Essential Rewards so you can get you some White Angelica!  Thanks for reading, friends, and happy new year!

 

Clear Out Old, Stale Energy with Sage Essential Oil

Peace out, 2017. ↠Out with the old ↠ in with the new, energetically speaking. 

Right now I’m diffusing sage essential oil, which is steam distilled from sage leaves and much more potent than dried sage because of its high concentration. Remember, it takes a LOT of plant matter to produce a small amount of essential oil!

Sage’s Latin name, Salvia, is derived from the word “salvation.” The ancient Romans referred to it as “herba sacra” or “sacred herb.” It strengthens the vital centers of the body and supports metabolism.

It’s mentally stimulating and can help combat low vibe feelings and mental fatigue.

It balances the pelvic chakra where negative emotions from denial and abuse are stored.

It’s also very good for PMS and helping with hormone deficiencies (like estrogen, progesterone + testosterone.) It provides liver support, and stimulates gallbladder function and the circulatory system! One word of warning though: this oil should be avoided by epilectics and those with high blood pressure.

And it moves stale energy so you can get on with life. 

So basically, it’s perfect for new beginnings, like today. 💕

If you’re not already using Young Living oils but you would like to be, you can become a member right now by using this link to order your Premium Starter Kit for just $160 (or more if you want a fancier diffuser than the Dew Drop or Home Diffuser.) If you want more info or just want to know what comes in the kit then you can visit www.thejoyfuloilers.com/oils. Thanks for stopping by the blog! Have an AMAZING 2018!

 

Winter Diffuser Blends To Diffuse For the Holidays

These are some yummy smelling blends for your diffuser! I am loving Gingerbread House and Cookies for Santa! Let me know if you try any of these and which is your favorite!

If you don’t have oils yet, use this link to get started today: https://www.youngliving.com/vo/#/signup/start?sponsorid=3471989&enrollerid=3471989

To learn more about why I choose Young Living over all of the other brands, you can watch an Oils 101 class on our blog here: http://thejoyfuloilers.com/essential-oils-101-class/

To find out what comes in a starter kit, click here: http://thejoyfuloilers.com/oils/

To get your oils by Christmas Eve, be sure to get your orders in by December 15h, 2017! Have an awesome holiday season, friends!

Raise Your Vibration with Northern Lights Black Spruce

I’m in love with this aerial shot of Young Living’s Northern Lights Black Spruce farm. 😍🌲❄️ This is where one of my favorite essential oils comes from. Northern Lights Black Spruce is a very high frequency essential oil, reported to be as high as 500 MHz. (Rose is 320 MHz!) Some of my most profound healings and meditations have occurred while I was wearing this oil on my heart, ajna (3rd eye) and crown chakras. I also love it on my base chakra and up and down my spine. It helps me feel grounded in the Earth and connected to God at the same time. I *literally* feel my teeth vibrating while experiencing a very deep sense of peace and love, like God is coursing through every cell of my being. It’s incredible. If you are wanting to enrich your prayer and/or meditation practice or raise your vibration on a daily basis, I highly recommend Young Living’s Northern Lights Black Spruce oil. It’s truly magical. ✨

If you don’t have an account yet, I’d be happy to walk you through the process. Visit www.thejoyfuloilers.com/oils to learn about the best way to get started today, and of course I am always here to answer your questions via email or Facebook.

Using Essential Oils to Heal Emotionally from Sexual and/or Ritual Abuse

I debated whether or not to share this online, because it’s deeply personal and I’m usually one to shy away from certain topics on social media. As much as possible I try to keep things light and positive, because while I acknowledge that there is pain and darkness that cannot be avoided I prefer not to marinate in it. (I believe that what we focus on expands, another topic for another day.) However the overwhelming number of posts I’ve seen on Facebook over the last few days from men and women alike have inspired me to open up (a little) and share my #metoo

I’ve dragged deep, heavy shame around with me since early childhood. I didn’t tell a soul until I was 17 years old. My abuser walks free in the same city I’m raising my own babies in.

When I finally had the courage to speak up, the police department said it was too late. My parents sent me to several different therapists. The last I went to was cold and dismissive. She basically told me not to feel special; 1 in 3 women have been or will be sexually abused. Here, have some Zoloft. 😡

I’m now 34 years old and only in the last couple of years have I found coping mechanisms that actually work for me. SARA essential oil blend is now one of them. SARA is an acronym for sexual and/or ritual abuse, something that is clearly more rampant than many of us ever imagined. 😔💔

I got this oil last month and I am very glad that I did. It’s a very powerful tool for recovering from painful experiences because it opens up the root and sacral chakras, balancing emotions and relaxing you into a space where you can deal with past traumas. It allows acceptance of the memories so you can release them and move forward. This also works with repressed memories that are literally stored in your cells. It plants the seeds for emotional freedom and peace. I am using this essential oil blend in conjunction with the oils in Young Living’s Feelings collection (especially Release, Forgiveness and Inner Child), frankincense, prayer, meditation and a supportive network of healers and friends who love me. To everyone out there suffering silently there are many tools and healing modalities available out there that can help you when you’re ready. Oils just happen to be one of my favorite. 💖 Love to all of you!

Stay Above the Wellness Line with Young Living’s October 2017 Promos

****** US OCTOBER PROMOS ******

Happy October, friends! Wooohoo, it’s FALL! The leaves are showing signs of changing and crisp mornings and cooler weather are rolling in, finally. Before we know it, it’ll be Christmas, but let’s not even think about that yet.   Instead, let’s take a look all the products in this month’s promos, which are geared towards keeping us all well and happy during this cozy season.

Cinnamon Bark Vitality 5-ml* (100 PV): Aside from pumpkin spice (obvi), is there anything more Fall than cinnamon? That’s why this Cinnamon Bark Vitality is the perfect promo for this month. Add a drop to your oatmeal or incorporate it in your baked goods to enjoy its spicy, delicious flavor, or add it a vegetarian capsule and take it as part of a daily health regimen. As an important part of Thieves and Inner Defense, you probably knew that it supports a healthy immune system, but did you also know that it helps support healthy digestion? That’s a fun Fall fact. 

Raven 15-ml* (190 PV): It’s inevitable; as the cooler weather comes in, our respiratory system takes a hit. So for those times when you’re in need of support in that area, or you just want to enjoy its refreshing aroma, put Raven in your diffuser and breathe freely. A blend of Ravintsara, Lemon, Wintergreen, Peppermint, and Eucalyptus Radiata, it’s also great when applied topically to your chest or throat, where it will provide a cooling, comforting sensation. For those of you familiar with Raven, what’s your favorite way to use it or the diffuser recipe we all need to try with it this Fall? Let us know in the comments!

DiGize 15-ml (190 PV): Remember when I mentioned baked goods when I was talking about Cinnamon Bark Vitality? Well, sometimes the richness of the food we eat during Fall can be a bit taxing on our digestive systems. DiGize to the rescue! Rub a few drops of DiGize on your stomach to help ease digestive discomfort, or do it right after a meal to support healthy digestion! Seriously, I’m sure I don’t have to tell all of you how amazing DiGize is. 

Breathe Again Roll-On (250 PV): Ahh, Breathe Again. This roll-on is a must have for Fall (and as we roll on into Winter – pun slightly intended). With the shift in seasons and our immune and respiratory systems working overtime, the invigorating and refreshing aroma of Breathe Again will help you be at ease in cooler weather. Not only that, it’s great to apply on your chest before a workout or any other strenuous physical activity. I always keep a bottle of this in my purse during Fall and Winter, so I’m pumped that it’s part of the promos this month. Who else loves the Breathe Again roll-on? I know I can’t be the only one! 

Super C Chewable Tablets (300 PV): Our immune system needs all the support it can get, and even though we’re diffusing Thieves and doing our normal wellness routines, we still need a little extra help sometimes (especially as it gets colder). That’s where Super C Chewable Tablets comes in. Let’s take a look at the technical description from Young Living: “Super C combines pure Orange essential oil with a proprietary blend of camu camu, acerola, cherry, and rose hips fruit powder to create a powerful immune-supporting supplement. Together, these premium ingredients deliver desirable polyphenols, carotenoids, and optimal amounts of vitamin C in a convenient chewable tablet.” Basically, it’s really, really good for you and will give your immune system that extra boost it desperately needs this time of year.

To earn these FREE items, you simply need to place an order that meets the PV (point value) amount for whichever items you want. Note, you have to hit these PV totals ***in a single order***.  So one order of 100 PV, 190 PV, 250 PV or 300 PV. Generally speaking, 1 PV=$1 for most things. I recommend doing this on Essential Rewards so you also get points back for your order in addition to your freebies, so that next month you can get even MORE freebies!

Here’s the full breakdown of October’s PV promos:

100 PV:
Cinnamon Bark Vitality 5-ml*

190 PV:
DiGize 15-ml
Raven 15-ml*
Cinnamon Bark Vitality 5-ml*

250 PV:
Breathe Again Roll-On
DiGize 15-ml
Raven 15-ml*
Cinnamon Bark Vitality 5-ml*

300 PV:
Super C Chewable Tablets
Breathe Again Roll-On
DiGize 15-ml
Raven 15-ml*
Cinnamon Bark Vitality 5-ml*

*Remember, in order to get the Essential Rewards Exclusive 5-ml Cinnamon Bark Vitality and/or the Essential Rewards Exclusive 15-ml Raven, you have to be enrolled in Essential Rewards (ER) and have an order that meets the PV requirements for those items. The extra bonus of meeting these PV amounts with your ER order is that you get even more ER points to spend later.

So there they are, the fabulous Fall promos for October. What are you most excited about getting? Are there any of these promos that you haven’t tried before? I’m stoked on the free cinnamon vitality, since it’s one of the spendier vitaity oils! I have been diffusing this one like crazy!

Thanks for joining us, and I hope you have an absolutely wonderful and amazing October!

Why Your Brain Links Smells To Memories and How To Release Negative Emotions

Hey friends! Ever wonder why a smell can take you back to a moment in time? Well,  I’m gonna drop some science on you today! My freshman year of college I learned that the limbic system of the brain plays a major role in interpreting and channeling intense experiences, particularly memories of fear or trauma. This is super basic Psych101 stuff.

The amygdala and hippocampus are 2 parts of the limbic system that play a huge role in emotional processing, and they just happen to be situated less than an inch away from the olfactory nerve. This is why the smell of churros can shoot you back to that childhood trip to Disney or a certain cologne reminds you of your crazy ex boyfriend. 

Olfaction (smell) is the sense that is physically closest to the limbic system structures of the amygdala (which is involved in experiencing emotion and influencing behaviors and activities) and the hippocampus (which encompasses memory—working and short term.)

The amygdala is a key player in storing and releasing emotional trauma, and aromas can have a profound effect on both. Essential oils in particular can be very powerful tools in releasing emotional trauma you may not even be consciously aware of.

Young Living oils, because they’ve been properly distilled from clean plants—contain biochemicals, like sesquiterpenes, that increase blood oxygen levels in the brain. This oxygenation coupled with the power of aroma stimulates and affects the amygdala in ways that facilitate the release of stored emotional blocks, both in the subconscious mind and in our body systems. Incredible, right?

I have been using Young Living’s “Feelings kit” to aid in my emotional release, among other empowering things like feeding my mind and stepping up my spiritual practice. Release oil has had such an impact on me that I’d say if you can’t spring for the whole Feelings collection right now, at least get Release oil into your tool box. Diffuse it when you sleep, rub it over your liver area, or just breathe it straight from the bottle. Just do it a few times a day consistently and see what happens. 

P.S.- If you’re not yet a Young Living member and don’t have a person you know and trust to guide you, feel free to join our tribe of Joyful Oilers. You can use this link to sign up now or visit this page for more information on getting started. Bye for now!

What is Essential Rewards?

So we all know that vegetables are good for us, right? But if we eat one piece of broccoli do we feel better? Does it change our life? Are we healthier? Not really. Natural health is no different, so it’s always a good idea to try it for a few months. (At least!)

Enter, Essential Rewards. Because while you’re upgrading your healthy lifestyle, why not earn free stuff doing it?? 🙌🏻

The first three months you earn 10% back in points (free money to use on products) on the amount of PV you order on ER. If you buy 100 PV of stuff, you get 10 ER points. If you buy 300 PV worth of stuff, you get 30 ER points. Then your ER earning power goes up after the 3rd month:

4-24 months 20%
25+ months 25%

There are SO many benefits to ER:
Reduced shipping
Earn points
Pick your own products
Pick your own ship date
Earn monthly promotions
Cancel anytime (really, no questions asked and no penalty to cancel!)

I’ll even call with you if you ever decide to cancel. I got your back. 😉

***Remember, Essential Rewards isn’t a way to spend more money, it’s a way to replace your toxic chemicals each month with YL products, like the Thieves line!!!***

The average household spends an average of $150 per month on personal care products, and household products (like soap, cleaner, toothpaste, makeup etc.) But where else can you get FREE products and 10-25% money back on the things you’re already buying anyway? The great news is you only need to spend 50 PV a month to keep it active. Easy peasy!

Back when I used to buy my cleaning products, toothpaste etc at Target, I’d walk in for just the one or two things and end up spending hundreds on all the other stuff that caught my eye. Being on ER has saved me lots of money because I make less Target trips now. And my necessities are sent right to my front door. Win win!

If you need help signing up for ER just let me or your enroller know and we’ll walk you through it!  To read a little more about Essential Rewards (ER), visit our ER page.  Thanks for stopping by!

DIY All Natural Lavender Linen Spray Recipe

I love, love, LOVE making my own DIY linen sprays with my essential oils.  I use them to quickly freshen a room, my car, bed linens, towels, you name it.  One of the first DIY essential oil sprays I ever made was a sleepy time spray for my kiddos using lavender essential oil.  Sprays are really easy to make and you can play around with different oils, but for simplicity’s sake here is how you make a basic DIY lavender linen spray.

You will need:

The Process:

  1. Add 8-12 drops of lavender essential oil to a 2 oz glass spray bottle.
  2. Add a good squirt (about 1 tsp or so) of witch hazel to the bottle. (This acts as an emulsifier so that the water and essential oil can mix together.)
  3. Very carefully fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water. I like to use the small water dispenser that came with my Aria diffuser.
  4. Give it a good shake before every use. Spray your pillows, sheets, or room to your heart’s content. Enjoy!

Thanks for reading, friend!  By for now. 🙂