Tuesday, January 10, 2017
My journey to try essential oils was quite lengthy. I had some recurring issues resulting from respiratory infections and allergies. I wanted to try this oil called Thieves by Young Living Essential Oils, but honestly, the price caused me to pause. Instead, I went to my local health food store and purchased some rosemary and eucalyptus. I added some to a pot of boiling water, tented myself, and breathed in the fragrant warm air for as long as I could stand it. I also slept every night with a humidifier with eucalyptus added into the reservoir. I did feel some relief, but I also wanted to beef up my immune system, so I ordered a “Thieves” copycat blend from an online supply company. I started by using a roller ball with the oil blend and fractionated coconut oil on my feet each morning. Because I was teaching full time, I could not completely escape the germs, but when I did have a cold, it was not as severe and relatively short lived compared to life before essential oils. Honestly, I hated the smell of the “Thieves” blend……..that was until I used Young Living Thieves. The aroma is warm, spicy, and inviting. I use it every day: toothpaste, mouthwash, household cleaner, and in the diffuser. When I leave the house, it automatically goes on the bottoms of my feet. I spray down my sink and counter with Thieves cleaner, even after preparing raw chicken. When my husband or I are feeling under the weather, I immediately fire up my diffuser with Thieves and Purification to boost our immune systems and clear the air of germs. I only used Young Living Essential Oils from this point on. Once I became educated on using the oils and the source of Young Living Oils, I have never considered another company. There are some very important elements to consider when choosing the company that supplies your essential oils. We are talking about the health and safety of you and your family. Something that cannot be considered haphazardly. Young Living Essential Oils has something called a “seed to seal” guarantee. What this means is that every aspect of soil preparation, planting, harvesting, distilling, bottling, packaging, and shipping is controlled/owned by Young Living. How many other companies can say that? I love to cook and bake, but when I make a cake for someone, I get all of my ingredients from the grocery store. I cannot certify the quality of these ingredients. I must rely on the conscience of Harris Teeter or Fresh Market, and hope that they have the same standard of excellence as I do. I have confidence that Young Living Essential Oils hold themselves to the utmost highest standards. So when I received my Premium Starter Kit and opened the bottles, the first thing I noticed was the aromas. The lavender and Thieves, in particular, smelled nothing like the ones I had previously purchased. Consider the difference between the scent of artificial vanilla and pure vanilla extract. Which one would you use in your most special cake recipe? Which oil would you want to use on your body? The next difference I experienced was in the strength of the oils. When you are using Young Living Essential Oils, start with a small drop until you know the effect. I use carrier oils with many of the oils because a little bit goes a long way. Some of the oils are costly, but once you realize their effectiveness and potency, they become more affordable. In the coming days, I will talk about how to get started with Young Living Oils, how to use the 11 oils in the Premium Starter Kit, and how to build your oil stash. If you are interested in purchasing oils or a Premium Starter Kit, use this link to get started: https://www.youngliving.com/vo/#/signup/new-start?sponsorid=3142922&enrollerid=3142922&isocountrycode=US&culture=en-US&type=member Or if you just want to browse the website: https://www.youngliving.com/en_US
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Monday, January 2, 2017
My buzz words for 2017 are clean and simple. I want every aspect of my life to follow these two basic words. Clean living, clean eating. Simple style, simple rules. Last year I was on a great track for losing weight and being healthy. Somewhere along the way, life got complicated. I lost my focus. I want to streamline my eating habits in such a way that I don't even think about what is going in my mouth, what I am ordering in a restaurant, or what I am buying at the grocery store. Simple. My house is overpacked with stuff I can't even remember owning. Out it goes. Clean. I am dedicated to replacing the toxins in my life with simple solutions made with essential oils and all natural ingredients. Clean and simple. I want to spend more time reading the Bible and less time watching Hulu. Simple Jesus. Stay tuned as I share my insights and challenges on the journey to clean and simple.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Sadly, I have all but abandoned my blogs; however, due to an unforeseen break in my employment, I am back to the writing board. I have been teaching high school for the past seven years, and while that certainly added lots of awesome stories to my repertoire, I did not have much time for writing. Stay tuned as I attempt to return to my first love.