One of my favorite essential oils for staying in the present moment

“If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.” -Lao Tzu

One of the intentions I set for myself in 2017 is to be more present. It’s easy to fall into the trap of dwelling on my past failures, and for as long as I can remember, even easier for me to stress over future events that may or may not even happen. My kids have taught me that pure joy and contentment live in the NOW, another reason I’ve made meditation a bigger priority for myself over the last few weeks.

I’ve been using Present Time essential oil blend to help anchor myself in the present moment. It’s a blend of bitter orange, black spruce, ylang ylang and sweet almond oils. The ancient Egyptians used citrus essential oils for stabilizing and strengthening the emotions, promoting peace, confidence and awareness. Ylang ylang increases relaxation, balances male and female energies, and restores confidence and equilibrium. Black Spruce fosters a sense of balance and grounding, and can open up and release emotional blocks. Almond oil adds a rich source of Vitamin E, and according to Ayurveda (an ancient holistic healthcare practice in India) it is considered a nutrient for the brain and nervous system.

I’ve been applying this oil blend topically over my heart to open up that chakra and it has really helped me to stay grounded. Plus it smells amazing. Have you tried this one out? If so, let me know in the comments!

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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Home Diffuser Premium Starter Kits 10% off through October 19th, 2016

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Hey friends!  I just wanted to hop on real quick to let y’all know about this awesome sale Young Living surprised us with this weekend.  Now through Wednesday October 19th, 2016, the Home diffuser Premium Starter Kits are on sale 10% off!  This is for new and existing members, so if you already have your kit, you can totally do a quick order and grab a second PSK for your office, upstairs or where ever.  If this is your first time ordering a kit, you also get a bonus 12th oil with your kit, oregano!  Oregano is amazing for supporting the immune and respiratory systems as well as the muscles and bones.

Since we got our Premium Starter kit, our family sleeps so much better and we have more energy.  Our moods have been enhanced, we have been able to breathe easier when the air is thick with pollen, we have stronger immune systems, we are calmer, we are more focused, we have a healthier way of relieving minor aches and pains and we have replaced many of the toxic things in our home with healthier alternatives.  So many good things!  Plus, we get the wholesale price on all of Young Living’s offerings, and it’s not just essential oils.  It’s non toxic dish soap, laundry soap, all purpose cleaner, toothpaste, shampoo, skincare products, after shave, nutritional supplements, weight loss supplements, pet care products, so many great products!

So why start with a kit?  First off, it’s by far the most economical choice because  you get a diffuser, 11 every day essential oils, travel sized bottles, samples, 2 packets of Ningxia Red juice, a wholesale membership (save 24% off everything) and more for just $160 plus tax and shipping.  Except that until October 19th, they will take an additional 10% off automatically when you grab your kit!  So you’re getting over $325 worth of stuff for just $144 plus tax and shipping, AND you’re getting a bonus 12th oil, oregano.  If you were to sign up retail and buy everything separately you’d be paying more than double, so you signing up wholesale is the way to go.

When I do classes or talk to people about oils, the top two concerns are 1) I want wholesale prices but I don’t want to sell anything and 2) I want a kit but I don’t want to have to order every month. The awesome news is that 1) selling is totally optional and the joyful oilers will never ever pressure you into doing that and 2) automatic shipments are not mandatory, so you can have a kit without signing up for that and that is totally OK.  Please note: We do offer something called Essential Rewards, which is a monthly wellness box that gives you points back on the stuff you buy, but it is not mandatory and only happens if you purposely opt in for it, so no worries there. 🙂

Currently, the 11 oils that come in your Premium Starter Kit are

  • Lavender- relaxation, sleep, skin, hair growth, “swiss army knife” of EOs
  • Frankincense- relaxation, meditation, cellular health, brain health, spiritual connectedness
  • Copaiba- an enhancer/magnifying oil, great for skin & hair, cellular health
  • Purification- air purifier, boo-boos, skin health, natural deodorant, great for the outdoors
  • RC- respiratory comfort, great for the lungs, a must have during winter
  • PanAway- post-gym muscles and joints, bone health, helps with occasional head pressure
  • Stress Away- smells like key lime pie or a tropical vacation and does exactly what it says
  • Thieves Vitality- another winter staple. Great for immune support and smells like Christmas!
  • Lemon Vitality- Detoxifier, cleans cells, supports healthy weight, removes greasy stains, etc.
  • Peppermint Vitality- sugar cravings, energize, revitalize the mind, great for circulatory system
  • Digize Vitality- supports the digestive system, the kidneys, the liver etc.

This month you also get a bonus 12th oil:

  • Oregano- powerful immune support, cleans the blood, warts/moles/skintags, smells like pizza

The 10% off deal only applies to Premium Starter Kits with the home diffuser, which is the diffuser that looks like a rose.  This diffuser is great because it’s one’s of the few cold mist humidifiers that offers an intermittent setting, meaning it can run a few minutes and pause, run a few minutes and pause, over and over for many hours, which is great for the terrible sleepers in your life.  (Is that you?)  This allows you to run it longer, ie: while you’re sleeping at night.  The light can be kept on or shut off.  The plastic inside is medical grade, unlike many diffusers at the stores, so you don’t have to worry about your citrus oils pulling toxins out of the plastic and blasting them into the air and into your lungs.

Cool?  When you grab your kit from me between October 15th and October 19th, I am going to mail you a bonus 13th oil, no matter where you live on this planet, and you are going to get exclusive access to the secret joyful oilers Facebook group where you will get to watch our exclusive videos and read all about your brand new oils, in much more detail than I get on this blog. 🙂  So, what are you waiting for?  Go grab your kit from me right now and find out what you’ve been missing out on all these years.  I can’t wait to connect with you, friend!

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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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Young Living’s August 2016 Promos – How to get free essential oils this month

 

Grab these oils FREE this August!

It’s Back to School season, and this August you’ll want to start the school year off with these freebies from Young Living!  This month, YL is really kicking it up a notch with their August Promos, and just in time too.  If you’re not already a wholesale member of Young Living essential oils, this is a GREAT month to get started.  For one thing, Young Living is giving a free bottle of Cedarwood essential oil to everyone who grabs their Premium Starter Kit this month, so people starting this month will get 12 oils instead of the usual 11 (plus a diffuser, NingXia red, samples and more.)  You may recall from a recent post that Cedarwood is a great essential oil for sleep support, relaxation and hair growth.

Additionally, YL is offering some amazing PV Promos this month!  Not sure what that means?  No worries.  I’ll explain.  PV in this context refers to Personal Volume or Point Value.  Generally speaking, $1=1 PV, though this does not apply to all of the products.  This is the case for most of the oils though!  Each month, YL gives you different freebies for hitting certain PV minimums, and there is usually an additional freebie for people who hit these minimums on an Essential Rewards (ER) order.  ER is a loyalty program in which you get a monthly subscription box of oils and earn back a percentage of the PV you earn.  You can then exchange these ER points for more oils!  ER is awesome because 1) you can change your order as many times as you want 2) you can change your ER date around as needed 3) you can easily cancel any time, no questions asked and 4) the longer you’re on it, the bigger the percentage of PV you earn back.  Who doesn’t love free stuff?

Usually, the PV minimums for earning Promo items are 190 PV, 250 PV and 300 PV.

This August, if you order 190 PV of Young Living products (essential oils, nutritional supplements, non-toxic household cleaning products, toothpaste, skincare products, weight loss supplements—whatever) you will get a free 5-ml bottle of Bergamot Vitality essential oil and a 15-ml bottle of Lime essential oil.  If the 190 PV order is done on an Essential Rewards order, then you’ll also get a 15-ml bottle of Clarity essential oil.  Total, this is $86.52 worth of free stuff!

At the 250 PV level, you will earn a 5-ml bottle of Bergamot Vitality essential oil, a 15-ml bottle of Lime essential oil and a 3 pack of Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier.  If this is done on an Essential Rewards (ER) order, then you will also get a free 15-ml bottle of Clarity essential oil.  This is $104.61 of free oil products!

When you hit the 300 PV minimum, the Promo is even better!  You will earn a 5-ml bottle of Bergamot Vitality essential oil, a 15-ml bottle of Lime essential oil, a 3-pack of Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier AND (this is AWESOME) two very popular essential oil roll-on bottles, Deep Relief Roll-On and Breathe Again Roll-On.  Again, if this is done on an Essential Rewards (ER) order, you will also get a free 15-ml bottle of Clarity essential oil.  At the 300 PV level, this Promo gets you $173.69 of free stuff!

Now that you know what you can earn for freeeee, let’s talk about what each of these things can do for you.

bergamot-vitality

Bergamot has a light citrusy scent, which can be uplifting and relaxing when diffused. It’s what gives Early Grey tea its characteristic scent. This oil can help build confidence and enhance your mood. It has a long history of use for oily and troubled skin. This oil can be helpful with irritants on the lips and mouth area.  It’s also well known for lending support to the endocrine system.

SUGGESTED USES:

Bergamot applied to the rims of ears is excellent for grief and sorrow. Diffused, or worn on the wrists, this oil can help with anxiety.

Add this oil to your bath water to help relax and cleanse your body.

Apply this oil with Tea Tree Oil to your lips and mouth area to help maintain a beautiful smile.

Make a room spray using this oil with lavender, organic witch hazel and distilled water. Spritz around your sleeping area to have an “annoyance-free” rest.

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Lime essential oil has a light and uplifting scent. Diffuse it to encourage feelings of positivity. This oil has an invigorating and stimulating effect and is believed to be native of Eastern Malaysia. The pleasant citrus aroma of this oil may help mental clarity and encourage creativity. Today, this oil is known throughout the world to support a healthy immune system. When taken internally, this oil may provide antioxidant support and aid in weight management.

SUGGESTED USES:

Diffuse this oil to promote mental clarity and focus.

Put a drop in your water to promote immune system support and weight loss.

Apply topically to help reduce stress and to enjoy the outdoors “annoyance free”.

Add this oil to your favorite Asian and Mexican dishes, especially guacamole or salsa fresca!

clarity-essential-oil-blend

Clarity essential oil blends basil, cardamom, rosemary, peppermint, rosewood, geranium, lemon palmarosa, ylang ylang, bergamot, Roman chamomile, and jasmine for an aroma that invites a sense of clarity and alertness, perfect for back to school time!  It may help with memory retention and mental accuracy.  It’s excellent for brain health.

SUGGESTED USES:

Diffuse this blend while studying for a test, then smell this same blend during your test to help you recall what you studied earlier.

Diffuse to help clear confusion when your mind is seeking clarity.

If no diffuser is around, drop some on a cotton ball and set it near your desk at work or at school.

Apply across the brow, on the back of the neck, on the temples or on the wrists when driving late at night or early in the morning.

thieves-waterless-hand-purifier

Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier is a great way to cleanse and purify your hands.  It is infused with peppermint, clove, lemon, eucalyptus, rosemary and cinnamon essential oils.   Apply a small amount to your hands and rub them together or a fresh, clean feel without a bunch of unnecessary chemicals.

deep-relief-roll-on

Deep Relief roll-on combines peppermint, lemon, balsam fir, copaiba, clove, wintergreen, helichrysum, vetiver and palo santo essential oils pre-mixed with fractionated coconut  carrier oil for easy and convenient application.

Deep Relief is amazing on post-workout muscles, on a stiff neck after a long night of studying or sitting at a computer and for occasional head pressure.

Keep this in your backpack, gym bag or purse at all times.  I never leave home without mine!  This stuff if like gold, and YL only allows members to buy one of these roll-ons per month, but if you play your cards right this month you can score THREE!  How?  Include this oil roll-on in your 300 PV Essential Rewards order and you’ll receive the one you bought PLUS the Deep Relief Promo.  Later in the month, place a 300 PV quick order (not ER) and get another Deep Relief Promo!  This is a blend that tends to sell out and go out of stock, so trust.  You. Want. To. Stock. Up.

breathe-again-roll-on

Breathe Again essential oil roll-on was specially formulated to promote a healthy respiratory system.  It combines 4 different varieties of eucalyptus essential oil, laurel, rose hip, peppermint, copaiba, myrtle, manuka and coconut oil for an invigorating blend that invokes a sense of peace and balance.  This blend’s main purpose is to support the immune system and open up the nasal passages.  Can you see why this oils makes the grade for one of the top back to school essentials?  This is another oil which is limited to one purchase per account per month, so this is a great time to stock up while you can.  (See my strategy for Deep Relief above!)

If you have any questions about how this Promo stuff works, or if you’d like some help becoming a wholesale member yourself, be sure to get in touch with me.  You can give me a call at (760) 658-0655, you can email me at crystal@thejoyfuloilers.com or you can connect with me via any of my social media account.  If you’re ready to grab your kit now, click this link to enroll with me as your enroller and sponsor.  Remember, if you join in August 2016 you will get TWELVE essential oils, a diffuser, NingXia Red etc, plus some EXTRA goodies from yours truly, and if you add to your initial order of a PSK until it adds up to 300 PV then you’ll also get all of the goodies we just talked about!  I hope to connect with you 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.