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!

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!

 

Free All Natural Teeth Whitening Duo for New Members through April 30, 2017

Now through April 30, 2017 you will receive a free all natural teeth whitening duo when you order your Young Living Premium Starter Kit through me! Simply visit youngliving.com, click on “become a member” and use my member number 3471989 in the enroller and sponsor fields.  I will send you a welcome email and then confirm your address with you so I can pop your freebies in the mail along with an essential oils welcome guide. You will also get exclusive access to our secret Facebook group just for the joyful oilers where you’ll learn everything you ever wanted to know about essential oils. 🙂

You can also use this link to order now: https://www.youngliving.com/vo/#/signup/start?sponsorid=3471989&enrollerid=3471989

If you are on Facebook, be sure to “like” our page at facebook.com/thejoyfuloilers. When you grab your kit you will also be invited to join our exclusive, secret Facebook education group just for the joyful oilers. We teach in there through posts and videos and have member only giveaways that you don’t want to miss out on!

Want to know more about oils before jumping in?  Here is an audio of an Essential Oils 101 class for your listening pleasure. 🙂 Enjoy!

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is why we love Peace & Calming so much:

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

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

Young Living Premium Starter Kit with Dew Drop Diffuser

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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!

Dragon Time: How to deal with “that time of the month” naturally

dragon-time-for-shark-week

Hello, friends!  Let’s talk about hormones and “that time of the month”, or “shark week” as we used to call it around here. 😉 We’re busy ladies and we don’t have time to deal with cramps or mood swings, right?  Dragon Time is my go to essential oil for a happy period.  It’s a great for PMS and when you’re surfing the crimson wave.

It helps me with cramping and it also helps to balance out my emotions so I don’t feel like biting peoples’ heads off.  It alleviates mood swings, and some of my girlfriends report that it also helps them with headaches caused by hormonal imbalance.  This blend combines clary sage, lavender, jasmine, fennel, marjoram and yarrow. My favorite way to use it is to put a little coconut oil into the palm of my hand (or whichever carrier oil I have handy), add just a drop of Dragon Time and then massage on to my lower abdomen as needed.  If you feel your cramps in your lower back, you can massage it there too, and if you really need a special treat you can add 2-4 drops into your bath water, or into some Epsom salt and then into your bath water.  Soooo good.

Clary sage support’s the body’s production of scleral, important for balancing hormones. It contains natural sclareol, a phytoestrogen that mimics estrogen function, helping with menstrual cramps, PMS, circulatory issues and hormone balancing.  The lavender helps you relax and the jasmine can help with muscle spasms, sad feelings, nervous exhaustion and bringing out your inner goddess. Fennel is also antispasmodic and provides great support to thr hormones.  Marjoram calms nerves and muscle spasms, and is also great for menopausal women and those with painful periods.  Yarrow is excellent for balancing the hormones.

Are you already using essential oils?  Which oils do you use to love yourself during that time of the month?  If you’re not already a Young Living member, you can use this link to sign up for a wholesale membership so you can pay 24% less for your Dragon Time.  As always, if you have any questions, just connect with me through any of my social media accounts below, and remember, periods don’t have to suck (as much.)  Happy Friday!

Me, super happy in the clary sage at the Young Living farm in Mona, Utah.

Me, super happy in the clary sage at the Young Living farm in Mona, Utah last summer.

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