10-Minute Elderberry Syrup with a BOOST

46823310_10157002880056474_8190090806237855744_nHave you made your own Elderberry Syrup? It’s so easy!

Check out this recipe to really turn it up a notch by adding in Ningxia Wolfberries.

This makes the ultimate ‘stay healthy’ Elderberry Syrup EVER — in just 10 minutes.

Soooo easy in the Instant Pot!

▪️Wolfberries – Holy antioxidants!
Google that! With polyphenols and polysaccharides, this exotic berry is touted around the world for its taste and nutrients. Documented use of wolfberries dates back to the Ming Dynasty, where they were part of ancient Chinese culture

▪️Thieves Vitality – This is a seriously amazing blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus radiata and rosemary. Google it’s power.

▪️Nutmeg Vitality – Besides tasting and smelling awesome, this oil encourages optimal digestive function, supports joints and promotes cardiovascular health.

▪️Clove Vitality – This is super crazy high in antioxidants!

▪️Ginger Vitality – Part of keeping the immune system in tip-top shape is keeping digestion optimal. Over 90% of the immune system resides in the gut, so using ginger, with it’s ability to keep digestion happy, only seems natural, right!?

▪️Cinnamon Bark Vitality – Another oil already found in the Thieves blend, cinnamon bark is a powerful for the immune system…Antioxidants off the charts!

▪️Copaiba Vitality – An under talked about oil if you ask me! It’s made with the gum resin tapped from the copaiba tree native to Brazil and is known for its beta-caryophyllene content and sweet aroma. Copaiba Vitality has a pleasant, complex taste, and when taken internally, it can promote overall wellness!

▪️Frankincense Vitality – Frankincense has been used for centuries. You should google Frankincense oil. Just do it! And see what it can do for our bodies!

▪️ Orange Vitality – another good one to google for its many benefits. A clean, refreshing scent and flavor and contains the naturally occurring constituent limonene! More antioxidants!
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This recipe is SO easy!!

1 C of Dried Black Organic Elderberries
1 C of NingXia Wolfberries
4 Cups of Water
YL Vitality Essential oils (optional)
1 Cup Local Raw Honey

▪️Pour water & add berries into Instant Pot
▪️Use manual or pressure setting for 10 minutes (do not add oils or honey yet!)

When the time is up, vent the instant pot, remove lid, and let cool a little bit.

Strain what’s in the pot and pour into another container.

When it is no longer steaming hot, add 1 cup of honey, and a drop of each vitality essential oil and stir well!

When honey is well mixed into the elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into whatever glass storage container you’d like! Store in the fridge.

Take straight or add to yogurt, oatmeal, pancakes, tea…and ENJOY the flavor and taste of wellness entering your body! ❤️

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My Favorite Sleep Hacks

 

Getting a good night’s rest has been a roller-coaster ride for me the past few years. Like some kind of masochist, I somehow happened upon reading a ton of articles about the benefits of good sleep while my son was an infant and it was impossible for me to sleep well. The result was that I became nearly obsessed with good sleep. Once my son started sleeping through the night, I tried to really up my game in terms of getting a solid 8 hours a night. Keyword here is “tried”. Every night when I’d try to go to bed early, I’d toss and turn and wouldn’t be able to fall asleep. I read everything on sleep I could find, tried what felt like every sleep hack under the sun, and even went so far as to visit a sleep specialist as a diagnostic. Some things helped a ton, some things didn’t seem to help at all. Ultimately, my struggle is with the act of falling asleep, not necessarily staying asleep, and it was diagnosed as a very mild case of sleep-onset insomnia.

Fast-forward a few years and I now have a healthy relationship with sleep. I still don’t consider myself to be a particularly good sleeper, and still find a full 8 hour night elusive, but I feel more in control of the situation. I do still live with a 3 year old after all. Most of the time, I feel like I’m getting enough sleep which is most important to me.

After chatting with a friend about sleep troubles, I thought it would be valuable to share what has worked for me. Here’s the list of things that have helped.

Back to Basics:

  • Consistent Routine – following a consistent schedule is super helpful and so intuitive, I almost forgot to list it, but this is the first thing recommended to me by the sleep specialist. Attempt to go to bed at the same time every night and attempt to wake up at the same time every morning. Also, do your best to follow the same steps each night leading up to bed. This will help your mind/body know that it is time to shut down for the day. Pavlov anyone?
  • Darkness – Do you find that you tend to sleep better in hotels? It’s probably because hotels often do a great job of blacking out the light. Turn off all of the lights, get some blackout blinds, wear a sleep mask. Do whatever you need to do to immerse yourself in total darkness because even the hint of light can adversely affect your sleep. I personally haven’t found a sleep mask that I like, but I block out lights like a ninja.
  • Reduce Distractions – If your spouse snores, give them a gentle nudge. If the problem persists, be less gentle. Ideally, you’re not distracted by outside noises. I have not had a great experience with ear plugs, or white noise machines, but those do seem to work for some people. If my wife is snoring too loudly and we can’t get it to stop, I personally have better success leaving and sleeping in the guest bedroom.
  • Exercise – I train most days, but on days I don’t train, I make sure that I at least go for a nice walk or two to use up some of that excess energy. Moving throughout the day, helps to burn up that excess energy for me. I find that when I’m working on my computer for hours on end or simply watching football all day Sunday, I end up having more trouble falling asleep that night. I do avoid exercises that result in an elevated heart rate later in the evening as those tend to energize me and keep me up at night. My rule of thumb is that I have to train before my last meal of the day.
  • Sun Exposure (Vitamin D) – Most of us are deficient in Vitamin D, which is a critical nutrient in facilitating sleep (among tons of other amazing benefits). Sun exposure is the best way for humans to absorb vitamin D, as it’s not a vitamin that’s readily available in our diets, and when ingested, is not always absorbed well. Given my work schedule and climate, I struggle with this one, but do notice that I sleep better on days when I’ve had a decent amount of sun exposure.

Next Level Hacks:

  • Avoid Blue Light at Night – At least 2 hours prior to bedtime, I don a pair of blue light blocking glasses. Blue light tricks your body into thinking it is day time, and is emitted a bit from most lights, but in large amounts from screens (TV, Computer, Phones, etc.). If I don’t have access to my dorky shades, I do my best to avoid screens, or at least dim them as much as I can.
  • Turn Off Your WiFi and Baby Monitor – This one had a surprisingly noticeable effect on the quality of my family’s sleep. I thought to try this after attempting to use my cell phone right next to the baby monitor. The interfering frequencies caused interruptions in my phone call, and I started to think about what else these frequencies could affect. I view WiFi, Baby Monitors, and similar devices essentially as low-level stressors. I don’t think they’re harmful in low doses, but why subject yourself to these when you don’t have to? You don’t need WiFi while you sleep after-all. The simple act of turning off my WiFi seemed to set a calm over my entire house. My son seemed to sleep better immediately after we removed his baby monitor too!
    • I imagine an EMF canopy over your bed could produce the same benefits, and possibly even more if you live under a Cell Tower.
  • Earthing – Maybe a little hippy-dippy for most people, but I love this hack. It’s particularly effective for combating jet lag. Have you ever gone to the beach and felt totally relaxed. Maybe fallen asleep there, and/or had a great night’s sleep later that evening. It could very well be due to expending more energy walking in the sand/playing in the water, or the additional sun exposure, but may very likely also be due to the increased intake of negative ions. When we connect our skin to the earth (sand, grass, etc.), we absorb negative ions though our skin. The largest pores in your body are located in your feet, so going barefoot over the earth is a perfect way to soak up those negative ions. If the ground is damp or your feet are wet (a la at the beach), your absorption of negative ions increases. Could this be another reason for why your feet sweat, so absorb more negative ions? Due to weather and social reasons, most people won’t be able to do this every day, but a good 20 minutes of feet to earth will do wonders. The book Earthing is also a good, quick read on the subject, although some of the testimonials are a little over the top for my taste.
    • Regarding jet lag – the hippy explanation would be that you are connecting with the Earth on that new part of the world, but I’m assuming that being trapped in a flying, WiFi-enabled, box for hours on end leaves you more positively ionized, and the negative ions help to bring you back down.
  • Mindless Mind-Games – Much of my onset insomnia is due to not being able to turn my mind off. My head hits the pillow and my thoughts are off to the races. I’ve heard suggestions about reading Fiction before bed, but that didn’t help me. Oddly, what I think does help me is playing solitaire. It requires enough of my attention to where my mind doesn’t wander too much, but doesn’t require too much of my brain that it revs me up and keeps me awake. I do play on my phone, but only if I’m wearing my blue-light canceling glasses.
  • Magnesium – I would be remiss if I didn’t at least mention magnesium. This is another mineral that the majority of us are deficient in, but definitely aids sleep. We add essential infused Epsom salts to my son’s baths and I can physically see him calming down. Epsom salt baths are one of the best ways for the body to absorb magnesium. You can also take a Magnesium supplement, but just yesterday, I read that you should be careful of which version of magnesium you try. I’ve been using Magnesium Citrate, which this blog lists as a lower quality version, but I did seem to benefit from it anyway, so I imagine using a higher quality magnesium, could be even better.

If you’re Desperate:

  • Essential Oils – I wasn’t a believer in Essential Oils until I used a Young Living essential oil blend called Rutavala to support sleep. I rolled it on my feet, neck, and chest and slept like a baby. I add essential oils to the “If you’re desperate” section because I like to reserve these as a “magic bullet” when I’m in a pinch. I use these for sleep if I break routine and haven’t followed my own advice (above) and need help calming down. If that’s the case essential oils are the first thing I reach for. I will say that I have plenty of friends, who supplement with essential oils for sleep every night, so I don’t think there’s a concern with using them every night, I just prefer to keep them as a round in the chamber if you will.
    • The following are essential oils that have helped me relax for bedtime:
      • Homemade Sleep Roll-on Blend – Lavender (10 drops), Stress Away (10 drops), Nutmeg (10 drops), and Geranium (10 drops) topped off with a carrier oil (almond oil).
      • Lavender
      • Cedarwood
      • Idaho Balsam Fir
      • Idaho Blue Spruce
      • Frankincense
    • Click here to find out more about therapeutic grade essential oil
  • Cold training – I started cold training using the Wim Hof Method about 2 years ago. Over the course of 10 weeks you progress from ending a shower with 30 seconds of cold water, to taking a full on ice bath. There are a whole host of health benefits, but one of them was that I found that I had an easier time falling asleep on days where I had completed cold training. I have a similar experience with cold training as I do with exercise in that I avoid doing it right before bedtime because it can be energizing. Nowadays, I don’t do cold training every day, but do take a cold shower a few times a week. In the “If you’re Desperate” section because not everyone is willing to subject themselves to such extremes, but I can attest, that once you train your body (and mind) to handle it, it can be really quite pleasant.
  • Earthing Sheet – If you feel that you aren’t getting enough negative ions and aren’t able to spend time earthing, they do make earthing sheets. These are sheets that plug into the grounder in an typical outlet (the third prong of a standard U.S. 3-prong outlet) that you sleep on. The idea is that you get the benefits of negative ions, while sleeping. I love sleeping on an earthing sheet and think that it gives me good dreams. We don’t use this all the time though because the sheets are more coarse than the amazingly comfortable bamboo sheets my mom got us for Christmas.

Things to Avoid:

  • Caffeine – I’m a coffee lover. Unless I’m taking a coffee sabbatical, which I do a couple months a year, I drink multiple cups a day. But I refuse to drink caffeine after 12pm. Most people can metabolize caffeine in 6 hours, so at a minimum, you’d want to avoid caffeine within 6 hours of bedtime, but more me, a noon cutoff seems to help even more. I might be more sensitive, but I’ve even noticed more struggle falling asleep when I go crazy and eat multiple bars of very dark chocolate.
  • Alcohol – When I’m super drunk, I fall asleep (or pass out) rather quickly, but I always wake up at least once during the night, and wake up in the morning feeling un-rested (even if I’ve been in bed for 8+ hours). While it helps you to crash, alcohol disrupts your sleep cycles greatly. When I drink, I just have to go into it knowing I won’t sleep as well. If I’m just having a glass or two of wine, I do better when I finish drinking at least 2 hours before bedtime (day drinking anyone?).
  • Blue Light at Night (see above)
  • High Intensity Exercise Close to Bedtime (see above)
  • Don’t overly stress about it – Last but not least, my attitude towards sleep might be the biggest leap towards a healthy relationship with sleep. I simply don’t allow myself to get frustrated with it anymore. In the past, if I was being aggressive and tried to go to bed early, in an attempt to get more sleep, it always takes much longer for me to fall asleep and it usually doesn’t work. I end up getting frustrated that I’m not falling asleep. I’ve gone so far as to hit and yell into my pillow (sorry to my wife). This obviously makes things worse. If I end up feeling myself get frustrated, I change scenery and leave the room. I stop trying to fall asleep, and watch a mindless show, or read Fiction for a bit. After I’ve calmed myself down, I try again. On extreme occasions, I will simply just try to fall asleep in the guest bed. The point is, if I’ve been trying to fall asleep for 20 minutes or more, I remove myself from the situation, put myself into a better situation, and try again later when I’m in a more positive place.

How to Get Started with Young Living Essential Oils

Getting Started

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What Are Essential Oils?

Have you ever smelled fresh lavender and felt relaxed? Or tasted fresh-cut mint on a salad and felt refreshed? Well then, you’ve experienced the therapeutic benefits of essential oils.

Want to learn more about essential oils? You’re in the right place. In fact, you can get started right now if you’re ready to order.

Essential oils have changed my life – and in ways that I never even expected. When I first got started with essential oils, I just wanted to make some natural skin care and household cleaning products.  I had no idea that a sniff of this or a rub of that could help to improve my family’s health. Let me explain…

Essential oils are the concentrated aromatic essences of flowers, trees, grasses, and bushes. They contain all the goodness that protects and maintains the plant, and we can use them to help support and protect and maintain our own bodies’ health and wellness.

There are many different kinds of oils out there, and they all have different properties and uses. From well-known plants like Lavender and Peppermint to exotic ones like Frankincense and Copaiba, there’s an incredible range – and they each provide different benefits and uses.

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Why I Got Started with Essential Oils

I wanted to make my own skin care products.  I was frustrated with the seemingly ‘natural’ skin care products in the store that still had ingredients I could not pronounce.  Plus, I wanted to find natural options to clean my home.  As I researched DIY lotion recipes, I found that most included some essential oils.  So I got an Young Living essential oils starter kit, started experimenting, and I’ve never turned back.

Since then, I’ve used essentials oils to make homemade bath and beauty products like body lotion, aftershave balm and facial moisturizing serum – saving me a lot of money. I’ve also found that essential oils help me to wind down at the end of the day, sleep better, and support my immune system.  And they can be used by the WHOLE family. My entire family now uses oils in so many different ways.   Even my extended family and friends are using oils now, because once you use them, you love them – and then you start telling everyone about them!

Why Choose Young Living?

One of the most important things I’ve learned about healthy living is that it’s not just knowing what something is – it’s knowing where it comes from, how it’s grown, and how it’s processed. I like to go to the farmers market to buy my family’s food and want to know who grows our food and how. I want to know the same things about where my oils are coming from.

After researching several options, I felt I could trust Young Living with my family’s health. They have been around for over 20 years and are the only essential oil company that owns farms all over the world (including France, Croatia, Oman, Ecuador, and here in the U.S.) and oil distilleries. In fact, Gary Young, the founder of Young Living, built the first essential oil distillery in the U.S.

Young Living maintains their commitment to quality through their Seed to Seal guarantee. They have the highest standards and quality controls through all steps of the process, from planting, to cultivation and harvesting, and distilling on all the farms they own and co-op. And best of all, you can see the process first hand. I got to visit the Young Living farm in Mona, Utah and see the whole distillation process, from harvest to essential oil production.  The standards and purity are unmatched, and no other company is inviting people to come and observe how they produce their essential oils.  Members are encouraged to visit the farms to experience the Seed to Seal process.  Every year they open the doors of their winter harvest on the Idaho farm, and you can help harvest the plant materials and distill your own bottle of essential oil!  I got to go this past winter and it was an incredible experience to witness the entire process and truly KNOW that these oils are the real deal!

Why Can’t I Just Buy Oils on Amazon or the Health Food Store?

The essential oils at the health food store are simply not the same quality as Young Living. Many have been adulterated with chemicals and synthetic compounds.  They may contain cheap essential oils produced from crops with pesticides.  Check the labels – they typically say not for “internal use” or “do not put directly on the skin”.  You can even smell the difference.  Peppermint, for instance, shouldn’t smell sweet or like candy – there is nothing sweet about a peppermint plant. It should smell like a fresh-cut herb. When you compare Young Living’s Peppermint with another company – there’s simply no comparison.

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And, sadly, Amazon is no better. Young Living does NOT sell oils on Amazon. So if you are buying Young Living oils on Amazon, there is a high possibility that it is imposter oils that have been diluted and relabeled.  There is just no way to know what you are getting without going to the source.  You can only get Young Living essential oils direct from the company through an independent distributor.

The Premium Starter Kit is the Best Value!

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Quality is important – that’s why I chose Young Living. But you know what? Price is too. And of all the essential oil companies out there, I found that Young Living is HANDS-DOWN the best and most affordable starter kit.  

Your Premium Starter Kit includes:

  • Diffuser options to pick: Desert Mist (FREE and my favorite!), Dewdrop (FREE), Rainstone (longest continuous run time at 8hrs – small upgrade) or Aria Diffusers (a seriously beautiful spa experience at home! – upgrade)
  • 11 bottles of essential oils:
    • Lavender
    • Lemon
    • Peppermint
    • Frankincense
    • Copaiba
    • Thieves
    • Citrus Fresh
    • Raven
    • Panaway
    • DiGize
    • Stressaway
  • A 2018 Product Guide
  • AromaGlide Roller Fitment (you can put this roller ball on any of our 5ml or 15ml bottles and they last forever!)
  • 2 packets of Ningxia Red
  • 10 Mini bottles for samples and travel
  • Sample packet of all natural Thieves Household Cleaner

It’s the best deal because you also get:

  • Wholesale Membership: 24% off retail prices for all future purchases
  • Referral number: if you ever refer anyone to get their own starter kit, Young Living will send you a Thank You check.
  • Access to our thriving online community for oily support and classes

And when you order through me, you’ll get personal support – by phone, email, text and through my members-only Facebook group – and a FREE BONUS GIFT from me.

Order Your Premium Starter Kit Now

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BONUS Gift for You!

Anyone who orders a Premium Starter Kit will get a Welcome Kit for FREE!  Your Welcome Kit is packed with oily reference materials to give you a jump start on using your oils, as well as tools and tips to get you started making some of your own DIY creations – as well as some of my favorite diffuser and rollerball blend recipes!

BONUS: If you also enroll in Young Living’s rewards program, Essential Rewards,(which is incredible and gives you so much free stuff from Young Living!) at the same time you order your starter kit, you will also receive a 350-page essential oils reference book ($25 value) for FREE. Not sure how to do this? Just email me at stacey@whenlifegivesyouoils.com and I’ll show you how. You must email me to claim this bonus prize.

*These gifts are only eligible for US residents. If you are outside of the US and order the premium kit you will get a $25 Amazon gift card emailed to you.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Why should I become a Young Living Wholesale Member?

Signing up as a wholesale member puts you under no obligation to distribute the oils.  It simply means that you get to enjoy the benefits of a discounted wholesale membership and save 24% on everything you order, forever. Young Living does not have any monthly minimum purchase requirements, contracts, or annual fees. It truly is risk free. They stand by their product and let it do the talking.

2. Is there a monthly order minimum?

No. You do not have to order monthly in order to benefit from being a Wholesale Member. Once you order your premium starter kit, you are free to just order more oils as the need arises… or not. That is the best part. You are never required to order anything, ever. However, as a wholesale member you will always pay 24% less than retail on everything you order.

3. I don’t really want to sell essential oils. Do I have to sell Young Living products to be a Wholesale Member?

Of course not. Since there is no monthly order requirement you can simply just order whenever you and your family need it. There is no requirement to have a business.

4. What do I need to do to get started?

To begin as a Wholesale Member, you start by purchasing the Premium Starter Kit.  Just choose a diffuser option, and then you’re set. This is the same kit I purchased to get started on my essential oil journey.

5. What is Essential Rewards?

Essential Rewards (ER) is an optional loyalty program. When you join, you’ll start accumulating rewards points (10-25% on your qualifying order) for everything you buy, which can be used to get free products on future orders. You can join the ER program later – but believe me, this is great to join from the get-go. Young Living has oils for hormone support like Progessence Plus for women and Shutran for men, supplements like NingXia Red and Master Formula (multivitamins), beauty products (like the ART skin care line), and even toothpaste (trust me, Thieves toothpaste and mouthwash will change your life).

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Make sure to contact me once you get started so I can make sure to add you to my member’s only Facebook group and other support resources!

Top 10 MUST HAVE Essential Oil Accessories

Top 10 MUST HAVE Essential Oil AccessoriesWhen you are start using essential oils, there are some tools that will make your oily journey much more enjoyable!  These are the perfect accessories to make sure you get the most out of your essential oils.

1) Reference Books – a good reference book is an invaluable tool when getting started with essential oils!  You’ll want something you can refer to regarding usages, application and dilutions.  There are many sources for great reference materials.  You’ll find good essential oil reference books available at Amazon, Abundant Health, and Life Science Publishing.  A good reference book will help you maximize your essential oils and understand all the possible ways you can use them to support your wellness!

2) Diffusers – If you’re already using essential oils, you probably have a diffuser. And if you have one diffuser, you probably already know that one is never enough!  When I started with Young Living essential oils and received my first diffuser, I would move it all over the house throughout the day depending where I was, with it ending up in the bedroom in the evening.  I finally got tired of moving the diffuser and invested in a couple more diffusers so that I have dedicated bedroom diffusers for all of us.

The Young Living diffusers are awesome and there is a wide variety of styles to choose from.  There are also some great lower cost options available.  I like this one and this one for the bedrooms.

3) Travel Case – once you start using your essential oils, you are going to want to take them with you, EVERYWHERE! There are several options for travel cases, some are small and perfect for carrying a little bit of your favorite oils on a regular basis.  There are also larger ones that are great for travel if you’re leaving home for a few days.  In all honesty, I usually carry a travel case that fits 10 full size bottles in my purse, I enjoy knowing I’ve got my oils if I, or anyone I am with, needs them!

4) Storage location – I still struggle with this one, but it’s important to have an easily accessible place to store your oils. If you keep them in a box, in a kitchen cabinet, under the Tupperware – you’re never going to use them – and you are going to miss out on all their benefits!  Right now I store mine on a large plate on the kitchen counter, so they are right there whenever I need them.  As my collection grows I know I need to upgrade to some sort of rack or shelf system soon.  There are some great nail polish racks (like this one or this one) that will work well for your essential oils.  This storage box is also a beautiful option and nice enough to leave out on the counter top.

5) Carrier oils – You are going to want a variety of carrier oils to dilute your oils and make DIY products. These are some of my favorite carrier oils:

  • Argan Oil – I use this in my facial moisturizing serum
  • Coconut Oil – this is the base for most of my ‘balms’, like Aftershave Balm and Diaper Balm
  • Sweet Almond Oil – I use this one when making roll-ons, which really make your oils go further and are a great way to take your oils on the go. I have a “Happy” roll-on which is 5 drops each of Joy, White Angelica, and Valor topped off with Sweet Almond oil in a 5ml roller bottle – and it goes everywhere with me!
  • Shea Butter – not necessarily what I would consider a carrier oil, but a great ingredient for your DIY beauty products. I like it in rich lotions like my Lavender & Frankincense Body Lotion
  • Beeswax – again, not a typical carrier oil, but a great ingredient for lip balms and body balms. Beeswax is perfect for firming up recipes that use primarily coconut oil, since coconut oil is liquid around 76 degrees.

6) Pipettes – I use pipettes primarily when making DIY products. They are perfect for transferring the right amount of oils or carrier oils into small containers.  You can also use glass pipettes if you prefer.

7) Glass roller bottlesglass roller bottles are perfect for making your own blends and diluting your oils to stretch them further. They are also a great way to share your oils, since you can make a relatively diluted roll on  that will still pack a punch and provide the intended benefit.  Diluting your oils with a carrier oil in a roller bottle does not necessarily dilute the effectiveness of the oil, it just allows it to be spread over a larger area more easily.

8) Glass spray bottles – I like to have 4 oz glass spray bottles on hand to make room sprays, “nuisance-free” outdoor sprays, etc. These mini 4ml glass spray bottles are perfect for making breath sprays or mini hand sanitizers too!

9) Jars and containers – glass jars and containers are perfect for making your own bath salts, body lotion, diaper balm, aftershave balm, vapor rub, etc – they are pretty much a must have if you plan on making some of your own skin care products.  I like these glass jars for balms, and these for bath salts.

10) Vegetable capsules – I love vegetable capsules for taking oils internally. To be clear, I would only every take Young Living essential oils internally as they are 100% pure and the only brand of essential oils that I trust.  That being said, when I want to take Peppermint internally to support my digestive system, a vegetable capsule is the easiest way to do that.  Just a few drops in a capsule, swallowed down with some water and everything is good!  I also like veggie caps for taking Grapefruit and DiGize internally.

Do you have a favorite oily accessory that I missed?  What are your must have essential oil accessories?

*** Learn more about Young Living Essential Oils and how to become a wholesale member (which means you can get your oils and other natural products at 24% off retail!).  When you become a wholesale member through me, I send you a FREE sign-up gift with great reference materials and other oily goodies!  Click HERE

The Most Amazing Sugar-Free, Dairy-free Hot Cocoa Recipe

Peppermint Hot CocoaHave you heard about the Wahl’s Protocol? It is both a book and diet approach created by Dr. Terry Wahl’s, who used paleo principles and functional medicine to begin healing her auto-immune disease. The book is a great read and it is amazing to witness the reversal of Multiple Sclerosis symptoms experienced by Dr. Wahl’s through a stringent change in diet.

I recently read this book and was truly shocked by the significant improvement in quality of life due to diet.  I do not have an auto-immune disease, but I do enjoy treating my body well and living as vibrantly healthy as possible.  My husband and I strictly followed the Wahl’s Protocol diet for about a month. It made me feel AMAZING!!!  While following this protocol I have a ton of energy and clarity, good-bye brain fog!  I also found that my mood in general was really positive when eating so squeaky clean.

The amount of menu planning and food prep required is one of the challenges of this protocol because you are eating all real foods; a LOT of veggies, grass-fed meats, and fermented foods – and trying to maintain some general ratios of certain types of veggies, etc.  Although I love to cook and enjoy preparing real food, sometimes it is nice to take a break from the extensive menu planning. So we do not strictly adhere to this protocol on a regular basis (although if we were trying to heal an auto-immune disease, regular adherence would be critical). We now pick and choose some of the Wahl’s protocol recipes and principles to incorporate regularly, while maintaining our primal/paleo way of eating.

We continue to include fermented foods in our diet on a regular basis to help maintain a healthy gut. We also have kept many of the recommended bone broth soups in the meal plan rotation because bone broth is another healing food.

Some of my favorite recipes we continue to use are the after dinner snacks, especially the Wahl’s Protocol Hot Cocoa recipe! It is sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free deliciousness that is the perfect ‘sweet’ treat after dinner. Even though there is no sweetener of any kind in it, the cinnamon makes it feel like a luxurious, sweet dessert drink. The Wahl’s version does not include Peppermint essential oil*, but of course I had to spike it with some essential oils! And Peppermint is perfect for a minty chocolate treat.
* I only use therapeutic grade essential oils from Young Living and they are the only oils I recommend ingesting. You can learn more about them HERE.

Hot Cocoa for Two

Ingredients:
1 can of coconut milk (I use a brand with BPA-free cans)
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 cup water
2 drops Young Living Peppermint essential oil**

Blend all ingredients together, heat in a pan on stove top, pour into two mugs – enjoy!

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5 DIY Father’s Day Gifts…with essential oils!

DIY Father's DayFather’s Day is right around the corner.  Need some inspiration for great homemade Father’s Day gifts?  I’ve got a handful of DIY gift ideas that I’m sure any Dad will enjoy!

1.  Homemade Aftershave Balm – no chemicals, just soothing and natural!

My husband loves this aftershave balm for his face and scalp, it leaves them both super soft.  And I love the way it smells too!   This is a simple recipe that you can whip up in no time: DIY Aftershave Balm

2.  Frankincense Natural Homemade Shaving Soap – for the vintage Dad in your life

This homemade shaving soap recipe from Grass Fed Girl has that old timey barbershop feel.  You’ll want to get a natural shaving brush and classic stainless steel razor to complete the gift.

3.  Homemade cologne – non-toxic and smells amazing!

In a 10ml roll-on bottle add 10 drops Idaho Blue Spruce and 5 drops Cedarwood essential oils.  Top off with your favorite carrier oil, I like sweet almond oil.

4.  Muscle Soothing Roll-on – for the athletic Dad in your life

In a 10ml roll-on bottle add 15 drops PanAway essential oil and top with your favorite carrier oil.  This is the perfect solution for a hard-working Dad with achy muscles and joints.

5.  Man Moisturizer – Dads get cracked heels too

This DIY Lotion is thick and perfect for soothing work-worn man hands and dry, cracked feet.  Add a few drops of Cedarwood essential oil for a woodsy scent.

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25 Ways to Use One Drop of Essential Oil – Easier than DIY!

25 ways to use one drop of essential oilMaking my own skin care products and health remedies with essential oils is something I really love to do.  Sometimes, though, I don’t want to make anything – I just want the benefits of my essential oils!  These are the times I’m reminded of how powerful essential oils can be, and that just a drop is all you need.  When you want to leave behind the DIY projects with the coconut oil, beeswax, melting pots, veggie capsules, etc – here are some terrific ways to experience the benefits of essential oils with just one drop*!

*I will only use 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils from Young Living, you can learn more about Young Living oils and how to get them at wholesale prices HERE

Lavender Essential Oil

  • One drop on the bottom of your feet before bed to support good sleep
  • Rub one drop into your cupped palms and inhale deeply for a calming effect
  • Support your respiratory system by rubbing one or two drops into the back of your neck

Citrus Essential Oils

  • A drop of Lemon in your water to help cleanse the body
  • A drop of Citrus Fresh in the wash machine to freshen up your laundry
  • A drop of Citrus Fresh on a rag to clean up scuff marks from the floor
  • A drop of Grapefruit in your water to help suppress the appetite

Joy Essential Oil Blend

  • A drop of Joy rubbed over your heart to improve your mood
  • A drop of Joy rubbed into wrists as perfume

Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) Essential Oil

  • A drop of Tea Tree on a blemish will clear it up quickly
  • A drop of Tea Tree on a cold sore
  • A drop of Tea Tree rubbed into feet to maintain healthy skin

Thieves Essential Oil Blend

  • A drop of Thieves in your hot tea to support your immune system
  • A drop of Thieves rubbed into the bottom of feet to boost immunity

Purification Essential Oil Blend

  • A drop of Purification on a cotton ball put in the bottom of the trash bin to neutralize odors
  • A drop of Purification rubbed on a bug bite to stop the itch

Peppermint Essential Oil

  • A drop of Peppermint rubbed on the back of neck to help cool down on a hot day
  • A drop of Peppermint rubbed across the stomach to support proper digestion

Frankincense Essential Oil

  • A drop of Frankincense rubbed into the chest to support the respiratory system 
  • A drop of Frankincense rubbed into cupped palms and inhaled to relieve stress, can also improve meditation 

PanAway Essential Oil Blend

  • A drop of PanAway rubbed into joints to support healthy joint and muscles 
  • A drop of PanAway rubbed over muscles after a big workout

StressAway Essential Oil Blend

  • A drop of StressAway rubbed into cupped hands and inhaled to calm the mind
  • A drop of StressAway rubbed into wrists as perfume

Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil

  • A drop of Eucalyptus Radiata in the corners of your shower to create a respiratory system supporting, spa-like shower

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