How to Make Your Pumpkins Last

IMG_8858Make those pumpkins last longer! 🎃🎃🎃

First, spray the outside with Thieves Household Cleaner – or even soak in your kitchen sink with a capful of Thieves Household Cleaner. This will clean the skin naturally (without nasty chemicals) and keep it from rotting early.

Second, once you carve your pumpkin, it’s time to get serious. Now you need to spray the inside with a mixture of castile soap and Peppermint essential oil. Mix up one capful of liquid unscented castile soap with about 6 drops of Peppermint essential oil in an 8oz spray bottle, then fill with water. Thoroughly coat the inside of the pumpkin with this spray. 

This method will help you keep all the rot, mold, and bugs away!

How to get Thieves Household Cleaner & Peppermint essential oil –> HERE

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The Secret to Long Lashes, Naturally

32253750_10156502454881474_8865046686330781696_nLet’s talk lashes…gorgeous, full, and NON-TOXIC LASHES

Did you know there is a toxin-free option to boost your lashes that not only works just as well as the chemical filled products, but it’s waaaaaayyyyyy less expensive and much better for you? AND…even nourishes your lashes with essential oils! Oh yeah, there is.

You just need:
Organic Castor Oil/Eyelash Serum
— Lavender Essential Oil —> get the good stuff here

Add about 10 drops of Lavender right into the bottle of castor oil, shake really well. It comes with several special little lash brushes. If you want to really give it a big kick add a few drops of Cedarwood essential oil too!

Using the brush just brush the serum with the oil in it along the base of your lash line in the evening after all makeup has been removed! Voila!

You have just made your very own TOXIN-FREE LASH BOOST that will probably last for a year for less than $15! Enjoy!

Enhance Bone Broth Soups With Essential Oils

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Chicken soup for the [insert ailment here].

In our culture, chicken soup is often referred to as a tool used to fight the common cold. Its track record speaks for itself. Get a cold, mom makes chicken soup, cold symptoms reduce. There’s surely more that goes into it than that, but you get the idea.

What makes chicken soup so great for health? Let’s break it down. It seems nobody is rushing to crush a pound of carrots, celery, and chicken themselves to fight colds. The herbs might have something to do with it, but why not just put the same herbs on whatever else you were going to eat? Soup is warm, maybe it helps because it’s warm? My coffee is also warm, but there’s no book titled “Coffee for the soul” (if there was it would likely have a very different message!). If you read the title of this post, you may see where this is going. It’s the stock/broth!

The benefits from making and consuming broth are ranging:

Another great bone broth piece: Top 5 Reasons Why Bone Broth is the Bomb

We started making bone broth consumption a regular thing with our family when we did a 30-day Wahl’s Protocol Challenge. The Wahl’s Protocol suggests making bone broth consumption a regular part of your diet, and let me tell you, it was quite possibly my favorite diet change. As our diets have laxed a little (okay fine, a ton, but in my defense…pizza!), we’ve still continued to make bone broth soups and it makes all the difference. On weeks where we didn’t have time to prepare a stock/broth, I miss it dearly. For me, it’s the perfect way to start the day as it keeps me feeling satiated and alert throughout the day, plus all that other good stuff.

There are a handful of bone broth soup recipes in The Wahl’s Protocol book and we’ve tried them all. They’re all super easy to make when using essential oils. Many of Dr. Wahl’s recipes call for fresh, grated ginger, but I’m sorry Terry, who has time to shave off and grate fresh knob? See, I have this thing with peeling/shaving fruit and veggies. It annoys me more than it should. I’m not proud.

Here are my family’s favorite bone broth recipes and where we substitute Essential Oils and cut the prep time in half! For each recipe, we combine all ingredients into our magic Ninja Blender blend for 1 minute, and then heat on low heat until it reaches the desired temperature. Each of these recipes make 2 big servings. Half it if you just want to make soup for 1.

Carrot Bone Broth Soup:

  • 2 cups of bone broth
  • 2/3 to a full can of Coconut Milk
  • 1/3 cup of carrots (#pro-tip: buy a bag of baby carrots and just use 4-5 baby carrots to save yourself the time of chopping fresh carrots)
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 3-6 drops of Ginger Essential Oil – Replaces the 2 teaspoons of fresh, grated ginger and 10 minutes of your life!
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Optional: 2-4 drops of Lemon Essential Oil – Lemon is not included in the original recipe, but we’ve experimented a bit and find that it is a nice change of pace, lightening the flavor profile

Red Pepper Bone Broth Soup:

  • 2 cups of bone broth
  • 2/3 to a full can of Coconut Milk
  • ½ cup of chopped red pepper
  • 2-3 drops of Black Pepper Essential Oil – not part of the original recipe, but this adds a very nice bit of complexity
  • Salt to taste

Avocado Bone Broth Soup:

  • 2 cups of bone broth
  • 2/3 to a full can of Coconut Milk
  • 2 small avocados (don’t forget to remove the seed!)
  • 4 cloves of garlic (chopped)
  • 3-6 drops of Ginger Essential Oil – Replaces the 2 teaspoons of fresh, grated ginger and 10 minutes of your life!
  • Salt & pepper to taste

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.

Order Your Premium Starter Kit Now

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).

Order Your Premium Starter Kit TODAY

 

 

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!

How to get 11 gifts for under $15 AND a free diffuser!

Split a Premium Starter KitDIY Gift Alternative:  Split A Kit

I love making DIY gifts with essential oils for the holidays!  Handmade gifts at the holidays are a great way to save money and give thoughtful gifts.  That being said, November and December can be busy and stressful and it’s easy for time to get away from us.   A great way to save time AND money on holiday gifts is to ‘Split A Kit’!

How To Split A Kit

Buy a Premium Starter Kit (which saves you 50% of off the retail price) and give ONE essential oil to each member of your family or your friends.   You can even add a little something to make it extra personal or a few DIY ingredients with recipes to make some of their own bath and body goodies.

  • Lavender– give it to your favorite person in need of good sleep and relaxation. Add a sleep mask and a ½ pint mason jar filled with Epsom salts with a note to add 8 drops of their Lavender essential oil to their Epsom salts for relaxation bath salts.
  • Peppermint– add a package of gourmet hot cocoa with a note to add a drop of peppermint for the perfect steaming cup of minty hot chocolate.
  • Lemon – include a glass water bottle for enjoying essential oil infused water
  • Frankincense – perfect for the meditation or yoga enthusiast in your life, include a yoga block or yoga socks.
  • Thieves – give to your favorite teacher, perfect for keeping immune system boosted!
  • Purification – perfect for the dog lover in your life, include a holiday themed dog collar.
  • DiGize – know a foodie? Maybe they over indulge on occasion – give them the gift of good digestion with DiGize.  Include some empty veggie capsules for easy consumption.
  • Copaiba – gift to your favorite tea drinker. A drop of Copaiba in your tea makes every cup the perfect wellness drink.
  • R C – a drop of RC on the throat and chest makes for a comforting end to the day, throw in a pair of fuzzy socks for the ultimate end of day coziness.
  • Panaway – for the athlete, the cubicle dweller, or anyone with joints and muscles. Include a mini bottle of your favorite carrier oil, like Almond oil, and a note to combine a few drops of Panaway with a few drops of carrier oil and massage into neck and shoulders.
  • StressAway – pop the aromaglide roller fitment from the kit on this bottle and give it to your most stressed out friend, with a note to roll it over wrists and neck.

That’s 11 gifts for only $160, only $14.50 per gift!  You can add the extra items, or not, or add different items specific to the recipients – use your imagination!

But wait, what are you going to do with the diffuser?  Gift it to someone who needs it, or keep it for yourself, no need to play favorites 😉

I hope that you can see this is a great way to give unique, useful and thoughtful gifts that are truly natural and support your friend and family’s wellness!

You can grab a Premium Starter Kit to split right here:  Young Living Premium Starter Kit

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

Thieves Household Cleaner – Non-toxic & Headache-free Cleaning!

Thieves Household CleanerDo you ever feel like you are going to pass out from cleaning your bathroom?  Not necessarily because you haven’t cleaned the bathroom in a really long time (that would never happen), but simply because you are holding your breath to avoid breathing toxic chemical cleaner fumes?  Even while running the bathroom fan and holding my breath as much as possible –commercial chemical cleaners are sure to leave me with a headache.

This is one of the reasons I’ve recently turned to Thieves Household Cleaner. Thieves Household Cleaner is a natural and healthy concentrated product that can replace a variety of the chemical-laden cleaners in your home.  Thieves Household Cleaner is a green, ecologically friendly, plant-based cleaner containing Thieves essential oil blend plus additional therapeutic-grade lemon oil for extra cleaning power.  It is concentrated so a small bottle will go a long way.  It also can be used to replace a variety of your household cleaners, saving you money and storage space!

These are my top 3 Thieves Household Cleaner recipes:

All-Purpose Cleaner – I use this for counter tops, kitchen appliances, refrigerator, bathroom sink, kitchen table, etc.

  • 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner
  • 16 oz water

Mix together in a spray bottle

Glass Cleaner – perfect for mirrors and glass sliding doors

  • 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner
  • 24 oz water
  • 5 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar

Mix together in a glass spray bottle

Tub and Tile Scrub – I use this when the bathtub starts to go that dingy gray color

  • ¼ capful Thieves Household Cleaner
  • 2 Tbsp baking soda
  • 5 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 1-2 Tbsp water

Mix together Thieves cleaner, baking soda and Lemon – add water until a paste forms.  Slather this on all grout, tile, tubs that are less than sparkly.  I let it sit for a few minutes and then scrubbed down with a sponge.  The difference was amazing!

Young Living Thieves Household Cleaner

*** 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