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!

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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. 🙂

Dragon Time Essential Oil Blend: Before and After

Yup, it’s that good.

Dragon Time essential oil blend is PERFECT for PMS and/or “that time of the month.”  (Or “shark week” as we call it in our house.)  It combines fennel, clary sage, marjoram, lavender, blue yarrow and jasmine essential oils to help ease PMS symptoms and many discomforts of your period including cramps and even irregularity. It also helps balance emotions, alleviate mood swings and ease head tension associated with hormonal imbalance.

Let’s break down the oils that make up Dragon Time essential oil blend, shall we?

Clary sage supports the body’s production of scleral, which is important for balancing your hormones. Clary sage contains a natural form of sclareol, a phytoestrogen that mimics the function of estrogen. It can help with cramps, PMS, circulatory problems and hormone balancing.

Lavender is a natural relaxant which can calm anxious feelings, headaches and other PMS symptoms.

Jasmine can support you when you’re encountering muscle spasms, when you’re feeling blue, when you feel simultaneously nervous and exhausted, and it helps bring out the feminine attributes.

Fennel is cleansing and can also help with spasms/cramps.  It also has estrogen like activity.

Marjoram is calming to the nerves and can also relieve muscle spasms.  It not only helps with painful periods, but it can also help women during menopause.

Yarrow balances the hormones and supports the body’s natural ability to reduce inflammation.

This blend can be used topically (on the skin) or aromatically (such as in a diffuser.) I like to apply it on my lower abdomen with a bit of carrier oil (like coconut or almond oil) to help spread it around.  When cramping is especially intense it is great when combined with a warm compress over the abdomen or lower back.  Many of my friends like to use it on their inner and outer ankles or on the feet.

This is SUCH a great oil for people with uteruses. You can order yours directly from Young Living if you have an account. Wholesale accounts are best because you get them at 24% off the retail price, and you don’t have to order every month or have an autoship if you don’t want to.  (Important: Please do NOT order from a third party such as Ebay or Amazon as they are often times counterfeit oils!) The best way to become a member and get that wholesale price is to grab yourself a Premium Starter Kit, which you can do here: https://www.youngliving.com/vo/#/signup/start?sponsorid=3471989&enrollerid=3471989 To hear more about essential oils and why you’d want a kit, you can listen to an Essential Oils 101 Class on our website here.

Questions?  Shoot me an email at crystal@thejoyfuloilers.com or connect with us on social media. We are on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If another Joyful Oiler sent you to this blog and you want them to be your sponsor/enroller, you can click on their photo on our Joyful Oiler Meet The Team page and find their sign up link that way.  Happy oiling!

 

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. 🙂

4 days left for FREE 15 ml Frankincense!

Hello, friends! March is already ending in just a few days, which is just CRAZY to me.

I just wanted to pop in and share the March promos with you because you still have a few days to snag some great oils for FREE. In case you’re new around here, Young Living does promos every month where they reward you with FREE oils and products when you spend certain PV (point value) amounts. PV is typically dollar for dollar, so $1=1 PV. It’s a great way to grow your collection without breaking the bank. 🙂

This month, when you hit 300 PV ***in a single order*** you get $184.22 of free product, including a 15 ml bottle of FRANKINCENSE (whaaaat?!), a 15 ml bottle of lavender, a 5 ml of blue cypress, Thieves fruit & veggie spray and (if this is done on an ER order) you also get a 5 ml bottle of lime Vitality. Lime Vitality is exactly the same as lime essential oil. It’s just got a white label on it to let you know you can use it as a dietary supplement.

Here is what you get for free at the different tiers:

100PV on ER retail value $7.57

5mL Lime Vitality (ER Bonus)
This oil is great in water or NingXia Red, and it’s REALLY awesome in guacamole!  It’s also great for skincare and supports the respiratory and immune systems.

190PV retail value $56.59

Thieves Fruit & Veggie Spray
This convenient spray harnesses the power of Thieves and lime essential oils to get your fruits and veggies squeaky clean.

5mL Blue Cypress (ER Bonus)
Blue Cypress is a great woodsy oil that is soothing to the skin. It works on the emotions by restoring balance. It is grounding and helps instill a feeling confidence. It’s also great for respiratory support and is an excellent support to the circulatory system.

250PV retail value $87.51

190PV promos, plus…
15mL Lavender 
The swiss army knife of essential oils. My family orders this one every single month, so getting one for free this month is pretty awesome!  We love it for supporting healthy skin and restful sleep. My kids ask for it in their diffusers every night before bed.
300PV retail value $184.22

250PV promos, plus…
15mL Frankincense
The big bottle of Frankincense costs nearly $100 so this is an ah-MAZING deal! If it was good enough for baby Jesus, it’s good enough for us! Did you know that Young Living is the first and ONLY company in the world to obtain permission to export this revered oil to the Western world? There’s no other like it! I use it to smooth out the look of my previously sun-damaged skin and for grounding during meditation.

So there you have it!  March’s promos are pretty amazing.  If you’re new around here and you don’t have your Premium Starter Kit and membership yet, no worries!  You can grab yours now by using this link.  You can totally participate in the March promo by adding another 200 PV (points value, $1=1 PV in most cases) to your shopping cart before you hit “activate and check out.”  Your kit comes with 5 ml bottles of lavender and frankincense (plus 10 other great oils and a diffuser) but you will probably run out of those two staple oils soon and the 15 ml bottles for FREE will totally come in handy!  Questions?  Connect with me personally on Facebook by sending me a friend request, “like” our Joyful Oilers Facebook page to be alerted when new blogs are up or shoot me an email at crystal@thejoyfuloilers.com.  I hope to connect with you soon!  Bye for now!