Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Getting Personal on Wednesdays

Today is what I like to call, "Getting Personal on Wednesday". Wednesdays will be the day that will typically have some sort of personal story related to you.
This isn't as much of a story as it is a thought. But this is what happened to me today: 

A few of my kids are coming down with a cold, so we've been using On Guard on their feet and Breathe on their chest repeatedly. Today, we went over to my mom's house and my son told her that I put oils on their feet. He did this more than once and one time ended the conversation like this (not exact words because he is 3, so sometimes his sentences aren't in the right order! :) )
"Grandma, my mom put oils on my feet because I am sick. The oils always make me feel better!" 

I couldn't help but smile when I heard that. My goal through out all of this "natural stuff" is to be able to successfully take care of myself and my family. Hearing comments like that make all of the money and all of the time all worth it. It is so worth it. My children's health is worth it. My health is worth it. My husband's health is all worth it!! 

What is that important to you? Please share in the comments if you feel so inclined.

This is a picture of me and 3 of my kids. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tuesday's Top Ten

Something I am going to start on this blog is Tuesday's Top Ten! So here it goes!
Top Ten Reasons to Use doTERRA Essential Oils
10. They are an all-natural alternative to living your life.
9. They have a great rewards program!
8. Incorporating the oils in your life makes you feel so healthy and powerful!!
7. Their inventory is continuing to grow which means more possibilities for you!
6. Because everyone else is doing it! (or at least they should be.)  :) Ha ha!
5. You can use them for just about any ailment you might be suffering through.
4. Every single oil is 100% CPTG/Pure!
3. They are good for everyone from ages 0-100 (and even older than that.).
2. All it takes is just one drop.

And the number one reason comes from a fellow oiler...
1. "The people that are using *  doTERRA Essential Oils   *  are experiencing great results, they are empowered by the decision that they made to be an advocate for their families and it is such a great feeling to know that I am part of making a difference in peoples lives!"  
-Vicky from Colorado

Monday, September 26, 2011

And The Winner Is....

My little baby girl has a little cold, poor thing. (Just my luck because we have family pictures tonight!) So right now, I am using a drop of Breathe on her chest. (I am not using any carrier oil with it. It doesn't seem to be bothering her without it.) I am also putting a drop of OnGuard on her feet periodically. I have noticed that the Breathe is really helping clear up her nose. It will dry it up, make it quit running, and she is able to breathe so much better. When she can breathe, we are all happier! :)
I bet you are just dieing to know who won the 15mL bottle of Lavender! Ahhh...the suspense...
Thanks for all 4 of you that entered into the giveaway! I put you all into my random chooser/dice thing (on my husband's iPad) and the winner is........CHRISSY!!!! So, Chrissy, I'll be contacting you to make sure I have the most up-to-date address and get you your very own bottle of Lavender! You'll get hooked once you give them a try! I know you will love it!

I have some fun posts prepared for the near future, so stay tuned and be sure to become a follower if you aren't already. I welcome all comments. So if you have any questions about anything I am writing, or a question about something you want me to post about, just leave a comment and let me know! I am always looking for ideas.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Something Chocolatey?

Who out there likes to eat brownies? How about mint brownies? I know that I LOVE mint brownies. 

A classic recipe is to make up your favorite batch of brownies, add 5-7 drops of peppermint at the very end before you pour into the pan and bake as you normally would! How many drops depends on how strong you like the mint flavor. Don't be afraid to give the batter a little sample (or two or three :) ) to see if you want it stronger or not. They are so yummy when they are warm and gooey and pepperminty!
Feel free to experiment. I have heard of people trying the oil Orange or Citrus Bliss in their brownies as well. Peppermint is just the only one that I have tried. Get creative! 
If you are using the oils in any of your cooking, please let us know what you are doing! The more ideas, the better!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Too Much Stress!

With all of this talk about stress and anxiety, I figured the best way to calm us all down is by having a GIVEAWAY! And what better oil to give away than a bottle of Lavender?? :) 

So here are the rules:
1- Become a follower of this blog if you aren't already. 
2- Leave a comment about something you have used the oils for, or something you would like to try using the oils for! :) 
The giveaway ends Sunday. That is plenty of time for you to enter, as well as to spread the word to others!! If you recommend someone to the blog, and they enter in this giveaway, leave me an additional comment and that will give you two entries! For each person you refer, you get another entry.
Lavender retails for $28 and is $21 wholesale price.
Lavender is one of the basic oils that is recommended for everyone to have at all times! So you definitely want to make sure you are in this giveaway! :) Good luck!!!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Stress Much? Part 2

I apologize once again for this second part coming later than I had hoped. Stupid internet!
Okay, so in part 1 we talked about how Lavender and Serenity are great for times in your life when you are feeling more stress or anxiety. I know today I felt a lot due to the need to get homework done, take care of kids, clean house, fix dinner and whatever else I can fit into my day. So some other oils that are recommended for dealing with stress are Elevation, Frankincense, Peppermint and even Breathe. It comes down to trying an oil out and seeing what works best for you and your body. Different things work for different people. On, the technique that is most recommended when using the oils is the cup and inhale method. To do this, simply place your hands in cupping position, place over nose and take deep breaths.  Deep breaths are important keys to remember when using the oils and going through out life. It gives the brain oxygen and allows for additional processing and healing to take place. So be sure to breathe deep and often to keep the air flow moving!
How are you all feeling? Still feeling stressed? What oil are you thinking you want to try out??

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Stress Much? Part 1

So due to recent events, the term "stress" has been on my mind a lot. My 3yr old son had 3 seizures last week. We had to take him into get an EEG done yesterday morning early to see if there are any abnormalities going on with his brain. One of the thoughts that occurred to me about why this might be happening, is maybe he is stressing out too much! We all deal with some sort of stress and anxiety. But my little guy seems to be a little more sensitive, at least compared to his sisters. He freaks out about little things and has a hard time with change. So I've been wondering if maybe these seizures are stress-induced. I am no doctor, nor do I claim to be. I just wanna know what is going on with my son. It will take up to 10 days before we will hear anything back. Until then, I STRESS! :) 
So what oils can be good for stress or anxiety? The most obvious ones are Lavender and Serenity. These oils are calming and soothing. So a little bit in the mornings, or at nights, or both, can probably help you mellow out a bit. I might have to start using it more regularly because my school semester just started. Talk about STRESS! :)
What kinds of things are you guys stressing about right now? Leave a comment. Vent a little. None of us mind! :) It does a body good to vent sometimes.
Part 2 of this post will come stay tuned...

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Do You Smell Something?

I am so sorry that I have been absent for a few days. My school semester just got started, I'm trying to figure out when to get family pictures done, I'm taking my son in tomorrow morning for an EEG because he had two little seizures last week. Life is just CRAZY!!!
But, here is something I am going to try and wanted to share with you:

"Drip several drops of your favorite essential oils on a tissue and place it in the collection bag of your vacuum. This will diffuse a pleasant odor as you clean as well as kill germs that are often found and disseminated as you vacuum. " info found here.

I think I will use the Elevation Oil. That one is just my favorite to spread around my house because I really feel like it helps us all be happier as well as it smells really good. I love to diffuse it when there is a yucky diaper smell (which I get a lot since I have 2 in diapers), or the garbage just stinks a bit. 

What are you guys using the oils for at your house? I'd love to hear what you are doing, as would our other readers! So leave a comment with one thing you are doing at your house with the oils. :)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

My Tummy Hurts...

Have a tummy ache? Some indigestion? Try putting a drop of DigestZen on your stomach. 20 minutes later, if you aren't feeling better, do it again. It has worked for me better than any Tums, Rolaids or any other OTC medicine.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

A Cure For Sleepwalking????

I have a great friend who is using doTERRA's oils in her own little family. She has been a guest on this blog before. Today we were talking because she was asking me about what oils to use with an eye infection (that will come in another post). So we were catching up a bit and she told me that she found a cure for her husband's sleepwalking habit!! Of course, I was like, "What?" So I asked her to share her fun find with the rest of us. Thanks Molly for being willing to share your story!

"My husband sleep walks. I've known this since we've started dating, which was six years ago. It happens more when he's sick or stressed out. And it's not just walking, either. He eats, he showers, he opens the front door, he turns the iron on...all while he's sleeping. What's worse is he never feels rested when he wakes up. He's tired all the time and never has enough energy to make it through a whole day. Poor guy.
Then, at the beginning of this year, we started to get into essential oils. Right away we thought of lavender. This would help get him to sleep but he would still feel tired in the morning. I put the problem in the back of my mind and then I got to thinking...There has to be something else that can help him sleep and feel rested. Then I found out about Serenity. This amazing oil is a blend that helps to relieve stress and relax you. My husband puts one drop of Serenity and one drop of lavender on each foot half an hour before he goes to bed and then again right when he gets into bed. He's been using it this whole week and has not walked in his sleep at all. He has also become a deeper sleeper. What's more is that he has unlimited amounts of energy! When he comes home from work he's not cranky and actually wants to take me out and do something in the evening. Wow! This is such a miracle to me because he has been sleep walking his whole life, then with a simple application of this all natural oil the problem is totally solved!
My only regret is that I didn't think of Serenity earlier!"


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A Sweet Tooth

Sorry I haven't posted for a day or two. My internet was crappy, family emergencies, all sorts of stuff going on and I never could get a chance to figure out why my internet wasn't working and stuff. But..good news is it is working again and here I am!
So today I'm going to keep it short and sweet. In fact, what do you do when you have had too many sweets and you have a toothache? Yes, I know what you are thinking. "Is there really an oil for that?" By golly, YES THERE IS!! If you have a toothache, get out your Clove essential oil, put a drop on the end of a q-tip and rub on the tooth and gums surrounding. Clove has a numbing effect so it is just like using Orajel. But more natural! :)

Monday, September 5, 2011

Labor Day!

How did you all spend your Labor Day today? My family (my little family, my parents and sister and her son) drove a bit to attend the annual Eastern Idaho State Fair. It was so much fun! And tiring! Whew! Randomly, as we were trying to figure out which of the fattening foods we wanted to put into our bodies for lunch, a man and woman passed us and asked if we wanted any hand sanitizer. First reaction in me said to say no. So I did. As we passed, I turned around and realized it was two people from doTERRA!!! There was so many people there so I couldn't go back and talk to them, but I thought it was cool! How brave they were! I hope they were able to help someone there. here is my tip for today. Saturday night, we had a BBQ with some family members that came to visit. My hubby thought he would be funny and give our baby (4 months old) a bite of ice cream. Of course, I got a little mad and told him that that night, he'd be the one staying up with her and her tummy ache. So what happened a few hours later? She is screaming and just a tootin'! I could tell that her tummy hurt so I immediately went for my DigestZen. It was probably around 11pm so I didn't want to stay up all night with her and I was feeling nice and didn't make my husband stay up with her. So I opened her pajamas, put a drop of DigestZen on her tummy and rubbed it around her belly. I think it took about 10 minutes and she was calm. Amazing!!! This is one oil that I cannot live without! Minus her cold, she slept great the rest of the night. I was so thankful that I could use this oil to help us both out. Help her rid herself of the pain she was feeling, and help me so I didn't have to stay up all night with a crying baby. 
DigestZen is $41.33 retail price and WORTH EVERY PENNY!!! This is one oil I have with me wherever I go.
Second Tip for today: Don't give babies ice cream! :)

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Let The Cold Season Commence!

Isn't this the greatest picture? Haha. Sorry for the nasty looking one. It was all I could find. Haha.

At my house, it has been getting pretty cold here in the mornings. So when we take my daughter out to wait for the bus, we all bundle up a bit. Yes, by we, I mean me and 3 out of the 4 kids (the baby stays inside). They all feel the need to go to see Abby off. Friday morning, Piper went out to send Abby off and came back 10 minutes later with a runny nose. It seems as though she caught a little something during that walk to the end of the driveway and back. No fun for any of us! So what is the protocol now? Before she went to bed, I put a drop of Lavender on each foot, 1 drop of On Guard on each foot, and then a drop of Breathe on her chest. Her nose was a mix of stuffy and runny, depending on the moment. So the Breathe was to help clear it out and help her breathe through-out the night. The Lavender was to help her rest well. On Guard was of course to get out that yucky virus she caught! By morning, she was doing a lot better. Though I will continue to do this for probably the next week because the typical virus lasts about 7 days. I will also be diffusing On Guard in our apartment so help us all stay healthy!
Oh no, Rory got a runny nose today. I guess I'll be doing this regiment on 2 kiddos, not just 1!! Are you guys ready for the cold season to come? I can't decide if I'm ready for winter. It seems like I just got our gloves, hats and scarves all put away! Guess it is time to go get them. Darn.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Answer Is...

You guys were right. Lavender is great for diaper rashes! I suggest using a little bit of carrier oil, such as doTERRA's Coconut Oil. Add a drop or two of Lavender. Then I like to add just one more oil: Melaleuca. Just one drop. Melaleuca is great for killing off infections and helps to treat diaper rashes and yeast infections that your little ones might get. Just be sure to use the coconut oil with the oils, otherwise you will have a screaming baby on your hand because it will burn a little. Our little ones are already in pain, so we don't want to add more to it!
Good job Molly and Alisha! Thanks for chiming in!