Sunday, August 31, 2014

Natural Support for Asthma with Essential Oils {Guest Post}

I am so extremely happy to have a good friend today write a guest post for me! She is an amazing woman and she wants to share her personal story about how she naturally supports asthma with essential oils. Her story has really been an inspiration to me and I hope it will be to you as well! 

Janet Inglesias Young Living Member 1894520. Owner: La Viva Oils (check us out on facebook). Have You Met Janet?
I am so thrilled to call Janet my friend! We met just this year and now we are chatting almost every day! She's such a great person inside and out-- I know you all will just love her to pieces like I do!

She's a busy lady-- she works a fully time job, takes care of her family and also work as a distributor with Young Living. I really don't know how she does it! Janet is happily married to a wonderful man and has the most beautiful family! Seriously, you should see the pictures!

She's also the owner of Viva La Oils which is a great private group where people who are interested in essential oils can go to learn more. My favorite part is hearing people's testimonials about the essential oils! It's amazing :) So you should definitely stop by on Facebook and say hi! 

Asthma and Essential Oils
By Janet Iglesias 
I was really young when I was diagnosed with Asthma and Allergies. I had an allergy prick test then that confirmed that I was allergic to the majority of plants, trees, etc. As I've gotten older, I make sure that when I get a cold that I take care of it immediately because it can quickly develop into something more serious.

How I use essential oils to support asthma #YLEO #essentialoils #asthma

Sunday, August 24, 2014

DIY Ayurvedic Herbal Hair Shampoo

I have tried so many things on my hair: no poo, castile soap, ACV rinse, shampoo bars, mud poo... you name it! Most of them made me want to rip out my hair at some point, but the result really is 100% worth it! My hair has never been healthier or more manageable.

A couple of years ago, I decided that shampoo bars followed by an apple cider vinegar rinse was the best for my hair. I loved it and I still do, but many of my readers have told me that it just didn't work for their hair and the wanted an alternative. For months, I've been trying new and different hair products to try to find one that I can recommend to you all and after all this time --- I found it!!!

DIY hair care using Ayurvedic hair powders and essential oils

Ayurvedic Herbal Hair Shampoo
What exactly are Ayurvedic Hair Shampoo Powders? Well, they are hair powders that originated thousands of years ago in India. They are made from the leaves, bark, seeds, or other plant parts of herbs used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. They are known to increase silkiness, boost color and improve the overall manageability of hair without stripping the hair or using any chemicals.
Saturday, August 16, 2014

How To Use the Essential Oils From Young Living's Premium Starter Kit

I have a confession: I am an oily addict. I'm serious! I use essential oils for everything!! They are perhaps the most versatile substance in my arsenal of holistic products, but I seem to always get the questions about what they are used for. The answer is that you can use them for almost anything! I use them for beauty products, cleaning products, OTC med replacements, and to help support my medical conditions. Overall, they save me about $1,000 year than when I was buying traditional store bought products.

I would love to write about all of my favorite essential oils, but I doubt that you have about 5+ hours to read it. And if you did-- would you really want to read this blog post or would your rather watch the newest episode of The Outlander. Um, Outlander definitely wins! So I had to narrow it down to 11 different essential oils (Lavender, Frankincense, Joy, Purification, Lemon, Peace and Calming, Peppermint, Valor, Thieves, PanAway, and Stress Away). Why these essential oils you ask. Well, they all come in the Premium Starter Kit so that was kind of my lazy way of deciding!

How to use the essential oils in the Premium Starter Kit from Young Living #YLEO #essentialoils

The majority of the uses which I am listing I only recommended for Young Living essential oils. Why? Because 90% of the essential oils on the market contain chemicals, pesticide byproducts, or are purposefully cut with other ingredients. Due to poor labeling laws, these bottles can actually have the words "pure" on the title. It is so important to know who your essential oils are coming from so that you can trust you are getting a high quality product.

If you want to learn more about Young Living and the Premium Starter Kit please visit How to Find Quality Essential Oils or maybe you're interested in the different ways to use essential oils (topical, aromatic, or ingestion) then you may enjoy the Essential Oil Basics.

How to use Lavender Young Living Essential Oil
Lavender
This is one of the essential oils that I use the most so of course we are going to talk about it first! It's one of those things that you can just use for everything. My friend Lindsay and I joke that the first rule of essential oil use is "When in doubt, always use lavender".

1. Allergies
Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint can be combined to create the LLP which so many people have used to find relief from allergies. In fact, I haven't even had to take any of OTC allergy medications since I've been using it! Several of my friends have also been using essential oils for allergies and have had terrific results! This LLP allergy recipe uses Copaiba which is optional, but it does magnify the intensity of the DIY.

2. Better Sleep or Relaxation
I will diffuse lavender, rub it on my feet, put a few drops on my pillow, or take a relaxing lavender bath with epsom salts before bed to get a good night's sleep. But if you want something fancy, check out this lavender magnesium bedtime spray.

Lavender can also work to help relax your dog. My mom has a pup who is terrified of thunder and she rubs this on his ears (not inside them) and chest with lavender when a storm is coming. He doesn't even need his thunder coat anymore! Be sure to dilute essential oils with a carrier oil by 75% for toy breeds, 50% for medium size dogs, and 25% for larger dogs. 

3. Skin Trouble?
How lavender essential oil improved a bug bite

Sunburns are a big thing during the summer and especially if you're a pale person who lives in Florida (like me). This is by far my favorite sunburn remedy. Poison Ivy, Rashes, Bug Bites all get the same treatment from me: I have a 1 oz salve jar full of coconut oil and I've added 25-35 drops of lavender. I apply a small amount of this to the effected area and feel instant relief.
  • Got eczema? Try this recipe
  • How about Keratosis Pilaris? My good friend from college used lavender salt scrubs to help reduce the occurrence of KP. For an added boost, use frankincense as well. 
  • Acne? You can apply lavender directly to the pimple or use the Zit Zapper
Saturday, August 9, 2014

Simple Homemade Wood Furniture Polish

My life goal has been to find chemical free DIYs which are cheap, easy, quick and effective. Because who wants to be exposed to hazardous chemicals, but also who wants to spend more money, effort and time doing anything. Not me. That all just sounds silly to me. Thankfully, making your own cleaning products happens to be ridiculously easy.

A few years ago I started this blog to share all my chemical free DIY life hacks with you guys and I've been loving it! To be honest, I really don't know why I haven't shared this recipe before because it's so incredibly easy! Once I started using this simple DIY wood polish recipe I wondered why does anyone even buy the bottled stuff anymore! This is so quick and easy to make and it saves money, too! YAY!

Easy DIY homemade furniture polish #DIYcleaning #YLEO #greencleaning

Wood Furniture Polish

  • 1 TBSP Olive Oil or Jojoba Oil
  • 1/4 c of Vinegar (use white vinegar if you are afraid of staining, but Apple Cider is good for dark wood)
  • 1/4 tsp vegetable glycerin (optional)
  • 25-30 drops of essential oils (I like using 10 drops orange, 10 drops lemon, and 5-10 drops cedarwood or pine)
  • Spray bottle
Homemade wood furniture polish that's so easy and effective. #YLEO #DIY #DIYideasSimply mix everything into a spray bottle (glass is recommended) and lightly spray over the wooden furniture. A little goes a long way! 

Using a soft cloth, wipe the polish around until it completely covers the surface of the wood furniture. It shouldn't feel sticky or wet. If it does, there is probably excess -- just do a second round of wiping! 

Tada! Done! I really don't know how much easier wood polish can get! 

You will have to shake this before each use because the vinegar and olive oil will separate naturally.

This isn't a duster/cleaner-- I typically use these fancy chemical free cloths for that.

Storage:
This recipe should last quite a while if kept in a cool, dark place. Sometimes the carrier oils (ex: olive oil) can go rancid so always check the expiration date on your bottles. I like to label my spray bottle with that same expiration date so I can keep track. 

If you'd like to learn more about getting safe, high quality essential oils please read about where I buy my essential oils and why I use them. You can also join my Facebook Group for more oily fun!