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Monday, September 15, 2014

Special Offer for September ONLY!

I have decided to be generous this month and give away some freebies to those who buy essential oils from me, and/or order the Young Living Premium Starter Kit!  Check it out!

If you've been on the fence about joining Young Living, NOW is a great time!

The Premium Starter Kit is such an awesome value! In it you get the Everyday Oils Collection (pictured above), which includes the following oils:
  • 5ml Thieves
  • 5ml Peace & Calming
  • 5ml PanAway
  • 5ml Joy
  • 5ml Purification (DiGize will be substituted while Purification is out of stock)
  • 5ml Lavender
  • 5ml Valor
  • 5ml Peppermint
  • 5ml Lemon
  • 5ml Frankincense (Sacred Frankincense will be substituted while Frankincense is out of stock)
In addition to these oils, the Premium Starter Kit comes with a 5ml bottle of Stress Away, and sample packets of Thieves, Peace & Calming, Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint to share with your friends; the Home Diffuser (pictured below), and two 2-oz. samples of NingXia Red, Young Living's awesome goji berry juice!

The retail value of this kit is almost $294! But when you sign up for Young Living, you get it for ONLY $150! (There is NO obligation to sell when you sign up and they will not pester you about that.)

If you would rather have this diffuser:

you can choose the kit that is $160 (which has a retail value of $312). Either way, you're saving a bundle!

But wait! Those are the normal Young Living prices. I am personally running a special promotion this month!

If you sign up and buy the Premium Starter Kit, I will give you a bottle of Thieves Household Cleaner (diluted at the all-purpose cleaning level), a diffuser necklace, AND a pocket essential oil reference guide!

The value of these items comes to about $40! (Note that I'm giving a bottle of Thieves cleaner diluted, NOT a full bottle of the concentrate. It will be at least a 16oz. bottle which will be PLENTY for you to try on all sorts of household cleaning projects.)

So, like I said, there has never been a better time to get this kit. Click this link to sign up!

If you are already a member (signed up under me), or you just want to buy a few items from me, I am doing these promotions:
  • Spend $50 in product value (PV) and receive a bottle of Thieves Household Cleaner, diluted for all-purpose cleaning.
  • Spend $100 in product value and receive your choice of diffuser necklace in addition to the Thieves Cleaner.
This means you can either spend on your account (that is under me) or with me. Either way qualifies you for these freebies!  (Note: For ordering with me--not under me, you MUST get me your order BY Sept. 20th!)

If you have questions, let me know!

(Offer ends September 30th.)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Down the Rabbit Hole

The computer is my greatest tool of efficiency, but the computer is my number one distraction in life.

If you are near my age (39), you remember the days without computers. You remember the days before the Internet and email. You remember that if you wanted to communicate with a friend or relative out of state, you had to either write them a letter or pay long-distance charges for a phone call. You remember doing research at the library. You had to drive to the library and then physically pull books off the shelf. You probably had a set of encyclopedias at home. We did. I loved them. Those were the days.

But I wouldn't trade them. Indeed, it cannot be disputed that the advent of the computer has greatly improved our lives. Even if I complain about certain technologies, I am no Luddite. I read a quote the other day by an 80-year-old man, on a site which I frequent. He said that if he had had that particular site back when he was preparing his dissertation, it would have shaved one year off the process. I think we can all agree that this invention called the personal computer has greatly increased our efficiency.

With a computer, I can pay my bills online. I can even set up automatic payments, saving myself time and energy. I can set up elaborate spreadsheets to keep track of my expenses and budget categories. I have the dictionary and encyclopedias at my fingertips. Looking things up online is faster than the old fashioned way of flipping through pages. I can have a meeting with several people, without having to leave my home. I can share pictures with all my friends and relatives instantly—no more stamping envelopes!

But with all the ways that this computer age has enhanced my life, it brings with it many temptations. I find myself drawn to check my Facebook feed dozens of times a day. When I send an email, I can’t seem to be patient, waiting on the reply. I check my Inbox every few minutes to see if the reply has come in—which I know is just ridiculous. With the incredible volume of information at my fingertips, I find that time is too easily wasted researching things like craft projects to do with my kids. Or, truth be told, I just plain get lost looking at funny memes.

And I chose to start a business (this blog) that would require me to be on the computer all the time and promote on social media! Why?

Last summer, I started a new habit of taking a computer-free break, once a week. I really enjoyed it. At the time, I had no thoughts of starting this blog back up.  But when I did start it back up last August, I convinced myself that I needed to be on the computer every day and on social media all the time, promoting the blog. I told myself that it was okay to be on social media all the time, because it was for business.  So, I stopped the computer-break habit.  I see now that I need to get back to that.  It just felt good.  On a side note, even though I was on Facebook daily for my blog, I did break the habit of feeling the need to see everything. I used to browse my feed all the way down to where I had left off the time before. I always felt like I was missing out on something. I did the same thing with Pinterest. Now I know I am missing out on a lot, and I’m okay with that, but it’s still far too easy for me to get distracted with commenting and liking people’s random posts.  (So, if I missed a post of yours--or many--now you know why.)  :)

I think, for the health of my soul, I need to get back to my regular break day from computers.

When I get on the computer, nine times out of ten, I check my email and Facebook first and then forget what I originally got on the computer for. I really feel like Alice, falling down the rabbit hole, or rather being sucked down, and then I go chasing after the white rabbit, looking up things I never intended to look up. I start scrolling through my Facebook feed and get in a daze. I sit there and think that I really need to stop, but find it really, really difficult. Then I’ll finally shut my laptop and realize I never looked up what I got on the computer to look up in the first place! C’mon, you know you do the same thing.

I read Crystal Paine’s new book and it was so great. She explained how she just had to get off of Facebook altogether, and she pays someone to post on social media for her blog (that would be really nice to be in that position). She explained how we all have 168 hours each week. I wonder how many of those I’m wasting on frivolous computer usage, when I could be writing (notice how I haven’t posted much to this blog lately?).

I notice that when I do take the break from the computer, it helps me reset, refresh, and refocus. Things pop into my mind that I would like to look up on the computer, but since it’s a no-computer day, I write them down on a list. Eventually, my mind starts to focus more on the present and more on real life. I usually do some re-prioritizing, in my mind, on those days about things that are most important to me and my family. Spending too many days on end, in computer land, for me, ends up being a life of putting out little fires, never fanning the big fire that needs to be burning. I just end up taking care of all the little tasks, but never accomplishing my big goals.

Now, something that helps me on the days I am on the computer (and I have recently become more diligent about this) is keeping a list of my computer-related tasks. It’s been a huge help. Before I sit down to the computer, before I open my laptop, I write down a list of what I intend to do online. Even the seemingly trivial things—reply to Suzie, email Jane, request Magic Tree House books for my daughter on the library website, watch Weird Al’s new music video, pay bills, place food co-op order—I write it all down. It doesn't matter if it’s trivial, it doesn't matter if it’s small, it doesn't even matter if it’s a productive item (hey, watching a Weird Al music video with my kids is good bonding), if I write it down, I’m being deliberate. And when I've completed the tasks on my list, I close the computer. I don’t allow myself to browse around if it’s not something on the list. Those are the times I feel good. I feel accomplished and I don’t feel like the computer is eating up my time.

If you have the same issue I've described, put a Post-It note on your screen with these words: WHAT ARE YOU DOING? WRITE IT DOWN. I had to do that until it became habit. I used the sticky note program that came installed on my computer and just increased the size until it filled up the whole desktop and increased the font size so it was nice and large—the better to get my attention.

(This is a screenshot of my computer desktop with an enlarged sticky note.)

Another good tip, one I don’t do often, but have heard works for friends, is to use a timer. I do allow myself to just veg on Pinterest from time to time.  And that's okay.  I have come to terms with the fact that I will never complete 99 percent of what I post on Pinterest, but it just feels good to pin things like quilt patterns, crochet patterns, and craft ideas. In this case, it would be good for me to set a timer. I usually just gauge it by something else going on in the house at the time. I only veg like that on a weekend or late in the evening, and then only if my husband is engrossed in something himself. So, when he stops whatever activity he’s involved in, I take the cue that it’s time to put the computer down.  And I usually don't allow myself to get lost in Pinterest land more than about once a week.  (I used to LOVE Pinterest, but I think when I started up this blog, I realized there weren't enough hours in the day and I broke the habit.)

Sometimes I admit it is hard to stay focused on longer activities on the computer, like writing this article.  (And I hope you're still reading it!)  I've heard there are apps available to block you from Facebook and other time wasters while you’re working.  I haven’t tried those yet.

What about our kids? Many people think the young generation is hopelessly lost to their devices. It’s become a popular punishment to ground teens from their phones and we are usually telling our kids they're spending too much time glued to their screens. But I thought about this and I’m not sure I agree. We did the same thing when we were kids, but it was with a television or a rotary phone—with a really long coiled cord. I watched a lot of television as a kid and I spent hours on the phone with my friends. Teens need social connection; they’re doing it now with FaceTime and Instant Messaging, but it’s really no different than it was in my day.  Is it any worse for them?

I think the question needs to be, are they addicted? Do they slough chores to use their devices? Do they sulk and pout at the idea of spending time with the family without their phone?  When they get together with friends, are all faces directed at a device?  Or are they spending real face-to-face time, actually talking with their friends?

I don’t believe my children have screen issues. And that’s why I’m not going to ask them to participate with me on a weekly no-computer day. Maybe it’s because we homeschool and they’re not quite as involved with their iPods as their fellow traditional-school counterparts.  Perhaps the majority of kids out there do have a problem that needs curbing.  I just don't see it here in my home.  My teenager has no interest in starting up a Facebook account.  He frequents YouTube to post videos for his friends to watch and to watch tutorials on Van Halen guitar solos.  I am fine with that.  It is productive as it furthers his hobby: guitar.  He plays Minecraft with his friends, but again, that's a social outlet.  My daughter, who is almost 9, loves The Legend of Zelda.  She gets an allotment of game time each day for that.  And she texts and does FaceTime chats with her best friend.  They both know they have to do chores each day before recreational activities.  They neither one give me attitude about that.  They know that schoolwork comes first, during the school year.  (I'm not saying they're perfect; I do have to tell them to put the iPods away from time to time, during school.)  They eagerly put down the devices to spend family time playing a game or reading a book or watching a movie together.  And when they get together with their friends, they have real interactions.  I hope that as my children grow up they will just view computers as another appliance in the house, like a television, and use it effectively.

I wonder if our grandparents viewed the television as this big time waster when it entered homes back in the ‘50s? Granted, at first, there were few shows to watch, but as programming increased, there were doubtless numbers of housewives hooked on soap operas and wasting time now that this "evil box" was in their house. Families started spending more time in the evenings staring forward at their favorite shows, rather than being together. Today, many people waste countless hours watching television. The studies have shown us the numbers. But there are plenty of people out there like myself who rarely ever turn the television on. We enjoy family movie night together and usually watch one show a week. We've never considered putting time limits on our television, or declaring a no-television day, because none of us have a problem with that particular screen. I don’t think my husband or my kids have issues with computers, so I don’t see the need to do time limits or unplugged days for them.

As I mentioned above, I do put time limits on my daughter's video game play.  We did the same when my son was little.  We teach our kids that you need balance in your life.  It’s just not healthy to spend all day on a video game. We only just recently decided to take the time restraints off our son to see if he is mature enough to decide an appropriate amount of game play on his own. He’s 14 and I don’t want him to feel limited all his growing up years and then go crazy with video game time when he heads off to college. He made some poor time decisions at first, but I think he’s keeping it to a decent level on average. Video games, television, and computers can all be addictive things, but so can sugar. If we let the reins out in a few areas, while our kids are still in the safe confines of our home, we will be able to see if they show addictive tendencies, and if so, help them deal with that issue.

I see that the devices themselves are not the problem, it's us.  If we recognize that we have issues controlling our time or focus, then screens can be a health problem--a health problem for the soul.  What does that mean?  Here at All Things Health, we believe in a balance of all areas: spirit, soul, and body.  The things which affect our soul health are relationship issues, financial issues, addiction issues like the one mentioned, stress, anxiety, depression, and more.  So, eat right, but don't forget to address the health of your soul!

What do you think? Do you take breaks from screens in your house? Do you put time limits on yourself or your kids? I’d like to hear from you. Leave a comment below, or join the conversation on Facebook.

Photo credits:
Laptop -Extra Ketchup via photopin cc
White Rabbit - public domain
Girl on Laptop -"PictureYouth" via photopin cc

Disclosure: This post contains links to products for which I am an affiliate. The product price does not change; each company just gives me a commission as a thank-you. This is a way I support this blog and am able to bring you free content. I only endorse products I use or would use. Thank you for your support through your purchase of these products!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Giveaway Time!

Perhaps you've heard good things about essential oils, but haven't yet tried them for yourself.  Perhaps you've wanted to try essential oils, but just don't have the room in your budget.  Well, you've come to the right place!  I'm doing a giveaway of one bottle of each of the oils in the above photo: 5ml Young Living lavender, 5ml Young Living lemon, and 5ml Young Living peppermint.  That's three bottles total to one lucky winner!

Many people find relief from allergies using this combination of lemon, lavender, and peppermint.  It's worked for me.  I've used it several times this season.

I wrote about the benefits of lemon oil here.  And lavender and peppermint are useful for many, many things.  A quick Googling will bring up a host of helpful articles.  These are three great oils to have on hand for a variety of things.

So, are you ready to enter the giveaway?

1.  Sign up for my essential oil newsletter (this is separate from the main newsletter for my blog).  I send it out once a month and include helpful information about essential oils.

2.  Like my Facebook page here.  (Or in the widget below.)

3.  **VERY IMPORTANT**  Validate these entries with the Rafflecopter widget below (if you cannot see it, click HERE).  If you don't do this step, you won't be entered.

This giveaway ends at 11:59pm, central standard time, July 7th.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond.  This giveaway is open to all US residents.

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I'm obligated to tell you that nothing mentioned on here about essential oils has been validated by the FDA.  And nothing on this site is meant to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease or disorder.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Fun in the Sun with Essential Oils

I created this graphic to remind everyone about the particular oils that will make your skin sensitive to sunlight: angelica, bergamot, German chamomile, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange, and tangerine.  Also be aware of the blends that contain these oils.

But I also wanted to share the good news that carrot seed oil has a natural SPF of 38-40!  That's amazing, if you ask me!  Mix it with some coconut oil.  I've also heard that some get by with just coconut oil and lavender.

If you do get sunburned, lavender is great for healing!

Get your vitamin D, but stay safe!  And stay away from chemical sunblock products!

Want to know more about essential oils?  Drop me a line.  You can sign up for my essential oil newsletter here:

Feel free to share this graphic.  I just ask that you do not remove my website name.  The photo credit goes to Horia Varlan via photopin cc, but I did alter with my text.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Educate Yourself About Essential Oils

Do you want to learn more about essential oils?  There are a number of great books available just for that purpose.  Here are my recommendations.

Disclosure: This post contains links to products for which I am an affiliate. The product price does not change; each company just gives me a commission as a thank-you. This is a way I support this blog and am able to bring you free content. I only endorse products I use or would use. Thank you for your support through your purchase of these products!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Know Thyself

Can we truly know ourselves? The Greeks thought so, but Benjamin Franklin disagreed. In Poor Richard’s Almanack, he wrote, “There are three Things extreamly hard, Steel, a Diamond, and to know one’s self.”

Well, I may not know myself thoroughly, but I am learning more every day. Of late, I have learned that I cannot spin very many plates at once. I wrote about spinning plates back in October. That was when I was getting ready to go on a vacation with my family and felt the need to schedule multiple posts on the blog, and on Facebook, and I was in the middle of an editing project, too. I have learned that I can only really focus well on a couple things at a time.

Why? Why did I pile all that on myself—that is the truth of it, I didn’t have to do most of those things, but I felt I had to. And it made for a stressful start to my vacation.

I started this blog back up last August and wanted to share my message and heart with people. My plan was to keep the posts simple and not overwork myself. I also knew from previous experience (with the same blog) that I couldn’t keep at it unless I was making some money with it. So, I joined a network where I hoped to learn about how to monetize and gain advertisers and such. What I ended up doing was comparing myself to all these other bloggers (which can be a good thing and can propel you to greater heights) and seeing that I should polish my posts more, create better content, always attach good graphics to posts, include my blog name on the graphics, set up a schedule to share on Facebook often, pin to Pinterest regularly, setup a newsletter subscriber list, regularly send email newsletters, join numerous affiliate programs, network with other bloggers to spread my content, and on and on and on.

While those are all good things, and I have learned so much, I cannot be a web manager, graphic artist, writer, editor, accountant, marketing executive, SEO specialist, social media organizer, and more, with the amount of time and money at my disposal.

I know many think that blogging is easy and fun and it can be if you don’t care about growing a following and making money for the time you invest. I know some don’t think that bloggers should make money. To that, I will say, time is money. There are few who have the luxury of spending hours and hours doing an activity for free. And to keep up with a blog, it takes many more hours than you can imagine.

So, this explains to you all why I haven’t posted on here since February. Don’t worry, I won’t be completely closing up shop. I plan to post from time to time on here as I have things to share. I want to share things from my heart, rather than just coming up with content intended to grow my list of followers.  If it grows, it grows; if it doesn't, then oh well.

I have some plans in place for summer. First is to relax and enjoy the time off of homeschooling. Second, is to spend quality time with my kids. I’ve got some fun books, movies, and possibly a museum trip in the works. I have my own list of books to read for a literature class I’ll be teaching this fall at our homeschool co-op. I will also focus more of my energy on my essential oil business, because it pays better than this blog. My heart is to see people get well, and these oils are doing amazing things for people. I will keep my Facebook page up, but won’t be posting daily. And I will blog in my spare time.

I don’t regret starting this blog back up. I have learned so much, have met some great, new friends, have been able to bless people through giveaways (I would love to do that again this coming Christmas), and have been eating better—that’s partly because I feel accountable to you all and partly because I was starting to experience some weird food issues. I posted about that on Facebook. I will transfer that here for those who may have missed it.

Do you feel like you have too much going on? Stress does bad things to your body. I can attest to that. I used to look up to Crystal Paine (owner of MoneySavingMom.com) because she was younger than me, had two small children at home, yet seemed to have her house and business in order. I remember when she had her little boy and moved into a nice home that her and her husband had scrimped and saved for and paid cash for per the Dave Ramsey plan. I was impressed. I thought if she could do it, I could do it. I thought it must not take that many hours to keep up with the blog if she could manage it being pregnant with two little ones under foot. And her blog was bringing in over a million hits a month!

Well, appearances can be deceiving. Crystal writes in her new book, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life, that she was working 30 to 40 hours per week and driving herself into the ground. On top of being sleep deprived, she was incredibly stressed out with her business. She says that she started having weird health problems. Every two to three weeks, she was bedridden for a few days with a high fever, headache, and intense pain throughout her body. Does any of this sound familiar? I certainly hope you’re not bedridden every couple weeks, but stress could be manifesting itself differently for you. For me, it comes out as dermatitis, depression, and lately some food issues that could possibly be histamine related. I named this blog All Things Health because I believe we should focus on spirit, soul, and body, and there are many subcategories of those three main headings, but I almost think stress is almost THE most important topic to address. Almost. I will have to share more on that later. For now, get this book. It is really good. I think it is going to change many lives.

I know some of you have looked up to me, thinking I'm a Superwoman for all that I accomplish.  Let me just be honest here, there are many things that I let go.  We each can only handle so much, and so this is going to be a season for me to reconfigure some priorities in my life.  Do you need to stop and do some restructuring?  I'm telling you, this book may be just what you need, to help sort out and focus on what's important.  It's really helping me.

Disclosure: This post contains links to products for which I am an affiliate. The product price does not change; each company just gives me a commission as a thank-you. This is a way I support this blog and am able to bring you free content. I only endorse products I use or would use. Thank you for your support through your purchase of these products!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A Few of My Favorite Oils

From time to time I'm asked what my favorite oils are, so I thought I would put together a list of all the oils I have tried, and how I've used them.

These are all Young Living, therapeutic-grade oils.  I will only use Young Living for myself and my family.  If you want to know why, click here and here.

Note: Please refer to a reference book, such as this one, for specifics about these oils.  Some are considered "hot" and can irritate the skin if used undiluted.  There are some oils that will make your skin sensitive to sunlight for about 12 hours.  Sometimes I have put hot oils on, without diluting them.  In the case of irritation, I rub coconut oil on top and the burning is soothed.  Above all, DO NOT let essential oils get near enough to the eye, that they could accidentally be rubbed in the eyes!

Balsam Fir
I bought this oil to try out the Morphine Bomb recipe.  That calls for five drops each of balsam fir, copaiba, and frankincense.  I gave a sample to a woman that deals with migraines.  She was amazed that one capsule took away her pain for about 10 hours.  I've also tried this oil on bug bites when it didn't seem that any other oil would work.  Lavender and Purification are typically helpful on bug bites, but last fall I had some strange bites that lasted and lasted and were really bothersome.  I knew that balsam fir was a natural equivalent of cortisone, so I tried it and it took the itching away immediately.  I've been conserving this oil as it is one of the more expensive oils.

I bought this oil to diffuse during our schooling time (we homeschool) because it's known to increase focus, boosting the learning ability.  I was reading up on it one day and saw that it was great for skin issues, and as I had been dealing with dermatitis for five years, I decided to give it a try.  You can read all about that here.  Long story short, it worked and is still working.  Stress brings on a dermatitis flare-up and cedarwood calms it back down and allow the skin to heal itself.  I love how this oil smells!

On the topic of diffusing, this is the diffuser I have:

Christmas Spirit
This is a blend of orange, cinnamon, and spruce.  I bought it specifically to diffuse during the holidays and I love how it smells!  When I diffuse it, I predominantly smell cinnamon, and orange secondarily.  I rarely detect spruce scent, but others do.  Perhaps my sense of smell isn't as keen as most.  It's not a scent I associate with the holidays, so I have diffused it off and on since then.  Perhaps after a few holiday seasons using it, I will start to associate Christmas with Christmas Spirit.  I'm going to start applying it topically, too, since the individual oils--orange, cinnamon, and spruce--are beneficial to the body for so many things.

I received this oil free with a purchase.  As such, I've been conserving it.  I have diffused it a few times, but most often I inhale directly from the bottle.  Clarity is a blend of basil, cardamom, rosemary, peppermint, rosewood, geranium, lemon, palmarosa, ylang ylang, bergamot, Roman chamomile, and jasmine.  I love how it smells, but my family doesn't so much.  If you love the smell of fresh basil, you will love this oil.

As mentioned above, under the balsam fir heading, this is one of the ingredients in the Morphine Bomb recipe, along with Frankincense.  I bought this to try that out.  I was reading some testimonials, one day, on this site, and saw that many people used this oil successfully for incontinence, in both pets and people.  I started giving my daughter one drop in a capsule at bedtime and after about day two the issue had stopped.  I continued to give her the oil for two weeks and then stopped to see if the problem would return.  It didn't!  She's so happy to wake up now without having had the small accidents she had before.  I have also used copaiba on my hands, during the winter, along with lotion, as it's great for skin.

Deep Relief
This is a blend of peppermint, lemon, balsam fir, copaiba, clove, wintergreen, helichrysum, vetiver, and palo santo oils.  It comes in a handy roll-on bottle.  This makes it easy to apply.  I had an issue with my hip joint that would sometimes keep me up at night.  This oil relieved the pain.  I've also used this oil for headaches, and sinus congestion/pressure.  I prefer this blend over straight peppermint; it's not as harsh.  And I love how it smells!

I've used the DiGize blend for irregularity (taken in capsules), and for stomach illness.  You can read more the latter here.  DiGize is a blend of tarragon, ginger, peppermint, juniper, fennel, lemongrass, anise, and patchouli.  People use it for a wide variety of digestive issues, such as gas, IBS, constipation, food poisoning, heartburn, and more.  I tried it the other day, along with peppermint, for heartburn.  I layered a drop of DiGize and then a drop of peppermint on my stomach and then up my sternum, where I felt the discomfort.  I got immediate relief.

Eucalyptus Blue
This is another item I received free with a purchase.  And as such, I'm trying to make it last as long as I can.  We used it for sinus congestion a few months ago, my daughter and I, when we had a head cold.  It worked great!  I can't say that it smells great, though.  It's not the typical eucalyptus smell you may be accustomed to.  I would describe it as earthy.  I liked it, but I wouldn't describe it as pleasant.  To read about the five things I do when I feel a cold coming on, click here.

Oh, how I love frankincense!  I wrote a detailed list of uses and benefits you can read here.  I use a drop of this, along with a few drops of jojoba oil, as my facial moisturizer, every day.  I love what it does for my skin!  It has normalized my oily skin tremendously.  And my skin is clearer and brighter.  It's great for scars and wrinkles.  And I really believe that using it keeps my mood elevated.

This is another one I have used on my face, with my jojoba oil, as a moisturizer.  It also helps normalize oil production, like frankincense, but I have to say, I don't care for the smell.  It is growing on me, though.  I have used it here and there as deodorant, along with coconut oil.  I had some scarring on my arms that geranium faded.  There are many oils that are good for scarring, but for me the geranium worked best.

I've used this for menstrual cramps and it works!  But it doesn't smell nice.  It has a very earthy scent.  So, if you're not planning to go out and don't care what you smell like, this is a great oil.  If you do care, you can try wintergreen or PanAway.

I haven't used lavender as much as other oils.  I think it's because I used cheap, adulterated versions of lavender for so many years, I've grown tired of the scent.  But I will say that the YL brand smells better than other brands.  Or perhaps it's because, after a while, the cheap versions made me break out in a rash.  You can read more about that here.  Now, I have used Young Living lavender and it does NOT give me a rash.  It is soothing to my skin and I've used it from time to time on dermatitis breakouts.  But for me, Cedarwood brings greater relief.  I did try a trick with lavender that was great.  I had bad congestion from an allergy attack a few months ago.  I don't get those very often anymore, since I've changed my eating habits.  You put a drop of lavender on your thumb or finger and press it inside you cheek.  Then repeat with the another finger and the other cheek.  Each application on the inside of your cheek clears up the corresponding sinus passage.  Many people find allergy relief this way alone and/or combined with lemon and peppermint.  The lavender alone worked for me.

I love lemon!  I like to diffuse it and make my house smell fresh and clean.  I also like knowing that while I'm diffusing it, it is killing airborne germs.  I wrote a detailed list of the benefits of lemon that you can read by clicking here.  Lemon is my go-to oil for blemishes.  It really heals them up for me.  And I love to add lemon to my water or just drop under my tongue, as it helps with fluid retention and helps alkalize the body.

I bought this one to give a sample to a friend whose husband has gout.  Then I learned of the other great things this oil can do.  It is great for lymphatic drainage.  Whenever I feell knots in my neck, I rub lemongrass on and they go away.  It is considered a hot oil.  I've just used it straight.  I like the warm sensation.  It relaxes my neck and shoulders.  I also diffuse it and love the fresh, clean smell.  I tried it as deodorant today and whew! it is a hot oil.  I had to rub on some coconut oil to bring down the heat.  This was one of the oils that came up on my Zyto scan the other day (I will explain more about that later), so I am trying to find ways to use it daily.

Another freebie with purchase.  Yay!  This oil is strong-smelling, but it softens the skin.  I've used it with my hand lotion and love how it makes my hands feel.

Panaway is a blend of wintergreen, helichrysum, clove, and peppermint.  I've used it for various aches and pains, including the hip issue I've referenced.  I've rubbed this on my abdomen for menstrual cramps, and it works!  It is one of the more expensive oils, and that's because it contains helichrysum.  When it runs out, I'm going to replace it with wintergreen, as I've heard it's great for pain on it's own.

Peace & Calming
I love my Peace & Calming!  It is a blend of tangerine, orange, ylang ylang, patchouli, and blue tansy.  I like to diffuse it and I really think it brings a sense of peace and calm to the house.  I notice the kids bicker less.  My other favorite use is at night, when I feel I need a restful night sleep.  I mentioned here how I've dealt with jaw issues and I wonder if I could be clenching in the night, perhaps from stress.  I put a drop of Peace & Calming in my palm, rub my hands together, cup my hands over my nose and inhale deeply.  I inhale a few times and drift off to wonderful sleep.  And I love how this blend smells!  It's citrusy, but earthy.

I put peppermint in my water from time to time and I add it to my tooth powder.  I tried this as a heartburn relief the other day.  I just rubbed it on my stomach and up my sternum, where I was feeling the burn.  I actually layered a drop of DiGize on this area, then a drop of peppermint.  I felt immediate relief.  I've heard that this will boost your metabolism and that many people put peppermint on during workouts, so I've done that, too.

I've used this blend on bug bites and I like to diffuse it for a fresh, clean-smelling house.  This blend contains citronella, lemongrass, rosemary, melaleuca, lavandin, and myrtle.

This is a blend of eucalyptus globulus, myrtle, pine, marjoram, eucalyptus radiata, eucalyptus citriodora, lavender, cypress, spruce, and peppermint.  We have used this one for colds and coughs.  We diffuse it, and rub it on the chest and bottoms of the feet.  We really haven't been sick much this season and I think it's because we use so many oils, but a friend of mine said that this oil really helped her son, when he had a bad cough and was even having trouble breathing.

I bought this to diffuse during our schooling time, since it's known to increase focus and memory.  I do this, but I also keep the bottle handy and sniff it to reduce my stress.  It is known to lower cortisol levels.  I wrote more on the benefits of rosemary here.  When I found a lump, which I detailed here, I read rosemary could be helpful.  I rubbed the oil on location for about seven days, but the lump disappeared after three--and hasn't reappeared!
Sacred Frankincense
I received this oil free with purchase a while back, but just opened it today.  It was one of the oils that came up on my Zyto scan from the other day, so I plan to start using it daily.

I read information from Dr. David Stewart, about how sage is good for menopause issues and excessive sweating.  I have dealt with night sweats the last two-and-a-half years, and only recently realized it's hormonal.  I started putting one drop of sage on one ankle and then rubbing my ankles together, each night, and voila! no more night sweats!  I love it.  When I do forget to do it, nine times out of ten, I will sweat in the night.  I will turn 39 this year and they say this is the age when most women enter peri-menopause.

Slique Essence
This is a blend containing grapefruit, tangerine, spearmint, lemon, ocotea, and stevia extract.  I received this one free with another purchase.  It is marketed as a weight-management tool.  I added drops of it to my water, or just under my tongue.  I did notice that it was a diuretic and so was helpful in flushing my system.  I also really liked the flavor.

I bought this to try on my son because it has sedative properties.  He has complained for years of having trouble falling asleep at night.  However, he's now 14 and is at that stage where he's really particular and wants to be his own person.  There's nothing wrong with that, but with that being said, if he doesn't like how something smells, he's not going to use it nightly.  I tried it on his feet one night and he complained that the smell kept him awake.  So, I started putting it in my water.  I really notice it flushes the fluids, as it is a diuretic.

When I read this post about orange oil, I decided to try it with tangerine oil (I didn't have any orange).  According to Dr. Dan Purser, 10 drops of orange oil has the antioxidant equivalent of 2 million I.U.s of Vitamin C!  So, I thought I would try five drops of tangerine, per day.  Here's the odd thing: all of a sudden, my libido was boosted--not off the charts, but I felt normal again.  I wouldn't normally go around talking about this topic, but in the interest of science, and helping folks, here it goes.  As I've aged, my level of desire has diminished.  The tangerine helped.  And it seemed to solve vaginal dryness as well.  (Again, sorry for the TMI, but you may be dealing with that and be interested to hear of natural relief.)  I stopped the tangerine for a bit, as I think it's detoxing me, and those benefits stopped as well.  I started it back up, after more than a week off it, and they kicked back in.  So, I think it's safe to say that the tangerine is helping me hormonally.  I would never have thought to use tangerine for hormonal issues.  Now, just because this worked for me, in this area, doesn't necessarily mean it will for you.  I highly recommend getting a Zyto scan to pinpoint which oils your body needs.  I had one done a few days ago and will write about that soon.

This is one of my most-used oils.  I've used it as deodorant (diluted with coconut oil), in my tooth powder, on blemishes, for colds and flu, and for food poisoning.  My favorite way to use it, if I feel a cold coming on, or if we've been around sick people, is to put a drop under my tongue and then take a swig of water and swish as long as I can stand it.  It's too spicy just to put under the tongue, but the swishing should let it enter my bloodstream fairly quickly.  Now, my kids won't take it that way.  I put it in capsules for them.  And I typically do this if we've even been around sick people. I don't wait until we exhibit symptoms.  I've rubbed in on the bottoms of their feet when they're sick, too.  My most recent usage was when I had to take my grandma to Urgent Care.  I put a drop of lemon under my tongue, put a drop in my water bottle, and then rubbed a drop of Thieves on my hands.  I knew I'd be sitting in the waiting room with a bunch of sick people around me.  When I came home, I diffused Thieves for a couple hours.

I love, love, love how Valor smells!  It is a blend of spruce, rosewood, blue tansy, and frankincense.  I've heard that this oil is helpful for thyroid issues.  I am not aware of any thyroid issues for myself, but I started putting one drop on my neck, on the thyroid area, as a preventative--and basically as a perfume, because I love the smell so much!  I've also heard this oil helps with snoring.  I have used it a couple times for that, and my husband said he didn't notice me snoring, BUT I don't have a major snoring problem, so that's not a major testimonial.  :)

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