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. 🙂

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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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.

Benefits of Cedarwood essential oil – Long, luscious locks, restful sleep and more!

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Cedarwood essential oil is steam distilled from the bark of Cedar Wood trees, which typically grow at high altitudes in cold climates.  Because cedarwood essential oil is so versatile, it has been used to support wellness for millennia.  It was mentioned several times in the Bible, it has been used in traditional medicine and as incense in Tibet, and the ancient Egyptians even used it during their embalming process.

The key chemical constituents of cedarwood essential oil are Alpha-Himachalene, Beta-Himachalene, Gamma-Himachalene and Delta-Cadinene.  Cedarwood essential oil is also high in sesquiterpenes.  Ok, that’s great, but what does that mean for you?  Sesquiterpene molecules deliver oxygen molecules to cells, like hemoglobin does in our blood, and oxygenated cells are healthy cells.  Sesquiterpenes have also been known to erase or deprogram miswritten codes in the DNA.  Our DNA codes can sometimes get messed up when we are exposed to environmental toxins from unhealthy foods, pesticides, plastics and other harmful substances, and this is when we can become susceptible to illness.  This is why sesquiterpenes are our friends, and cedarwood essential oil has them in abundance!  Also, since the molecules are so tiny (there are around 400 million trillion molecules in a drop of essential oil) they can even pass the blood brain barrier where they can help support healthy brain function.  I like to diffuse cedarwood to help me focus and concentrate during mental tasks.

When used aromatically, cedarwood essential oil stimulates the limbic region of the brain, the emotional center where our feelings are processed.  This is why it can be beneficial to you when you want to release negative emotions that are no longer serving you.  Cedarwood also stimulates the pineal gland, which releases melatonin, a hormone which can help promote rest and relaxation.  This makes cedarwood essential oil an excellent choice for diffusing at night before bedtime.  I personally like to mix it with lavender in my diffuser.

Cedarwood is not only celebrated for its calming properties (hello, squirelly kids, I’m talking to you), but also for its purifying effects.  It provides wonderful skin support, helping to promote radiant, blemish-free skin and it provides great support to the lymphatic system of the body, helping you to more efficiently rid yourself of toxins and other waste.

Cedarwood essential oil is also highly effective at stimulating hair follicles and increasing circulation to the areas where it’s applied, which is why it is great for growing long, luscious lashes or helping your favorite guy (or gal) combat thinning hair.  Hello, long, lovely locks!  For your lashes, just add a drop to your tube of mascara and gently swish it around the sides of the tube.  You can apply the cedarwoord oil directly to the scalp to help stimulate hair growth or you can add several drops to a bottle of your favorite shampoo.  Remember, cedarwood is chock-full of oxygenating molecules.  Do you know what doesn’t thrive in an oxygenated environment?  Bacteria.  So there’s that.  Another great reason to add it to your tube of mascara!

So let’s recap.  Cedarwood essential is rich in oxygenating, sesquiterpene molecules which help to support overall wellness and brain health.  They are extremely versatile and can be used to:

  • support restful sleep
  • help calm
  • support focused attention
  • stimulate hair growth
  • cleanse and purify
  • balance oily skin
  • provide skin support for occasional blemishes
  • soothe irritated skin
  • provide respiratory support
  • support the lymphatic system
  • ground during yoga or meditation
  • and so much more!

This is why cedarwood essential oil (EO) is considered a houeshold staple by most seasoned EO users, and why it’s among Young Living’s best selling oils.  The great news is that for the entire month of August 2016, Young Living will gift a free bottle of cedarwood essential oil to anyone who grabs their Premium Starter Kit.  This means that if you get your Premium Starter Kit this month you’ll get twelve bottles of essential oil instead of the usual eleven.  Plus you’ll get a couple packets of NingXia Red antioxidant-infused juice, a diffuser, wholesale pricing, a bunch of literature to help you get started, and MORE all for just $160.

When you order through me, I will walk you through the unboxing of your new oils and gift you additional goodies and resources to help you get started.  If you’re ready to buy now and claim your free bottle of cedarwood essential oil, click this link to enroll as a wholesale member now.  My membership number, 3471989, should automatically populate in the enroller/sponsor fields if you get there from my link.  (In case you’re wondering, no, wholesale membership doesn’t mean you have to have automatic shipments, pay a membership fee or sell anything ever!)  When you become a member this month YL will automatically send you your free cedarwood.  If you have any additional questions please feel free to shoot me an email at crystal@thejoyfuloilers.com, give me a call at (760) 658-0655 or find me on any of my social media accounts.  I hope you learned something new today about cedarwood essential oil and I would love to connect with you soon!

 

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