DIY Hand Sanitizer Spray

When I first started using essential oils.  I was overwhelmed, a bit weirded out by those oil users so quick to push product in my face

But then I decided to try them.  It couldn’t hurt.

I’d like to say each day, but to be honest it’s probably a few times a week that I try to find an essential oil remedy to replace a less green product.

With it being germ season I really try to make sure little hands stay clean.  And prevent any unnecessary bug from entering our household.  But it’s hard, with kids it’s nearly impossible to keep the germs away.  But with compromised immune systems, and sensitive sensory systems I find that using more green products seem to help overall in our household.

There is reward in mixing up potions and rubs that actually do make a difference.

This quick DIY hand sanitizer spray only takes a few moments and can easily be refilled.

To be completely honest it cuts down a lot on cost.  And appeases my desire to live a more green lifestyle.

I not only use this spray on my hands, but in my car, on grocery carts, door knobs, you name it.  It’s exceptionally versatile for killing germs.

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Some fun facts about Young Living tea tree essential oil:

  • Treats acne.
  • Treats nail fungus.
  • Tea tree oil kills lice
  • Used to treat wounds and scrapes.
  • Tea tree oil contains a number of compounds, including terpinen-4-ol, that have been shown to effectively kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
  • Excellent insect repellent.

Peppermint oil does not disappoint either.

  • Increases immunity
  • Reduces risk of herpes infection
  • Provides relief from pain
  • Nourishes dull skin.
  • Reduces fungal nail infection.

Lastly, orange essential oil is one of my favorites.

  • Helps with depression
  • Inflammation.
  • Focus
  • Immunity booster
  • Energy Loss
  • Sinusitis

The list of benefits for the these three oils exceeds the few bullet points I jotted down.

What I love about Young Living Essential oils is the flexibility to adapt oils to your own personal needs and desires.

It isn’t just about diffusing something that smells great.  There is healing in essential oils.  Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to pick up a natural remedy from the comfort of your home.  Leaving you to design your potion to best fit your needs?

If you feel like you want to take a leap and give essential oils a chance.  Reach out and join!  You won’t be sorry.

Living a more simple, and green lifestyle has brought me so much peace and happiness.

Danielle

 

Can you earn income selling Young Living Essential Oils?

Yes!  For the person looking to avoid my ramble, ready to seize the day make easy side cash click here

If not, come on let’s really chat…

How I first found Essential Oils

I started using essential oils around the time my oldest pretty much stopped sleeping all together.  Thanks to my mother in law and mom for sharing their samples with me.

Desperate for any sort of sleep advice, I started to try essential oils.  I never was really consistent.  And they sat on my shelf for a long time.

Then my mom gifted me with the gift of becoming a distributor underneath her.   I was hesitant at first thinking I didn’t want to be part of a pozi scheme and spend extra money.

However this time was different.  I figured if I was going to really give Young Living Essential Oils a chance I needed to practice consistency and really try out the products.  I didn’t go crazy.  I waited each month to try something new.  I spent my time really looking into all that Young Living is, and have fallen in love with it.

I started to use essential oils daily and found myself loving every thing about them.  They are great for children, wonderful in dishes, great for the garden, helpful around the homestead.  Young Living isn’t just oils, it’s cleaning products, personal hygiene products, baby products, massage oils.  So many varieties of good, natural products to try.

I started to share with my girlfriends because I was truly enjoying this new green style of living.   I didn’t seek them out with the intention of them signing up underneath me, but they did, and it’s been so fun learning all things oils together.

Then they shared with a few friends.

It’s like a game of telephone with a paycheck.  You can opt in to purchase oils, but you don’t need to keep any in stock.

The thing about Young Living that I love is it sells itself.  It’s product driven.

Unlike most other MLM companies, Young Living products are consumable.  You can literally use essential oils in so many different ways in your life.

Part of our homesteading journey has been to live a more green life.

I use Young Living for cleaning products, supplements, for the kids, for the animals, I’ve even begun switching my makeup line over to Savvy Minerals by Young Living.

It’s such a versatile investment, Young Living Essential Oils can be used for so many purposes.  Not only can you make a little side cash.  But you can green up your lifestyle.

Do you actually make money?

After a few months I’m now consistently receiving a paycheck from Young Living.

It’s nice to have the extra cash, and always comes as bit of a surprise because I’m not actively selling anything.  I don’t have any extra oils in stock.  I only purchase what I use.  Like I said the product sells itself.

If you are interested in seeing actual $$$ you could potentially earn by selling Young Living take a look.

 

How do I sign up?

If you aren’t sure where to start, I’d suggest here

Premium Starter Kit Desert Mist Diffuser

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So what am I buying?

Your Premium Starter Kit Includes:

  • Desert Mist™ Diffuser
  • Premium Essential Oils Collection;
  • Lavender 5-ml
  • Peppermint Vitality™ 5-ml
  • Lemon Vitality™ 5-ml
  • Copaiba Vitality™ 5-ml
  • Frankincense 5-ml
  • Thieves® Vitality™ 5-ml
  • Citrus Fresh™ 5-ml
  • Raven™ 5-ml
  • DiGize™ Vitality™ 5-ml
  • PanAway® 5-ml
  • Stress Away™ 5-ml
  • AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment
  • Thieves Household Cleaner 1-oz. sample
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Business Cards
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Oil Bottles
  • 2 NingXia Red® 2-oz. samples
  • Product Guide and Product Price List
  • Essential Oils Magazine
  • Essential Edge News
  • Member Resources

you don’t have to sign up to sell anything.  But I think you will find if you are heading on a more green journey this year, essential oils are nice to have around.

There are different kits to start with.  It’s really up to you.

And who doesn’t want to get a paycheck for a game of telephone?

Come join my team of tattooed, nature loving, good witches.

Happy New Year!

Danielle

P.S. And please shoot me an email I’m happy to discuss essentials oils if you have any questions.

americanhomesteadco@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anti Inflammation Diet & Simple Salmon Recipe using YL essential oils

I recently was diagnosed with an obnoxious ailment called costochondritis.  After a visit to the ER I was diagnosed with this particularly odd new to me condition.

If you haven’t heard of it I will brief you in a few bullet points some fun facts about it.

  • Feels exactly like a heart attack
  • Chest crushingly painful
  • Can be caused from emotional stress (most likely my problem)
  • Or too much physical exertion (also a runner up to the root of the problem)
  • It is in inflammation of the cartilage that connects a rib to the breastbone
  • The popping sensation I feel across my chest isn’t in fact a good thing.
  • It’s probably one of the most painful things I’ve experienced, and I’ve birthed two children

Anyways, I read what I could about it.  Chatted with my physician and was informed about the Mediterranean Diet.  Now I’m not a big fan of diets or fad diets.  I think most the time they do more harm then good however I am intrigued with this particular diet because it is supposed to reduce inflammation.  And changing my diet a bit is definitely worth it if I can rid myself of the feeling of a heart attack.

I’ve been eating a lot of fish.  And surprisingly I’m not sick of it yet.

I thought I’d share my hubbies creation using Essential Oils to cook seriously the best Salmon I’ve ever tasted.  Before this recipe I would dry heave at the sight of Salmon.

If you are in the market for some Basil Vitality Oil you can purchase some here.

Or you can always opt to use fresh Basil of course.

Basil & Lemon Salmon Filet

2 cloves of garlic

12 Tbsp Light Virgin Olive Oil

2 drops Basil Vitality Oil (mixed with 2 tsps water)

2 tsp salt

2 tsp black pepper

2 Tbsp lemon juice (or you can substitute with 2 drops Lemon Vitality Oil mixed with 2 tsp water)

16 oz Salmon Filet

  1.  Mix Garlic, Oil, Basil, Salt, Pepper, and Lemon together in a bowl.
  2. Place salmon in light greased baking dish.
  3. Smother, and I mean smother Salmon with garlic and basil mixture.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  5. Cover the salmon in the glass pan with foil and cook for 35-45 minutes.

It’s a super simple recipe.  Nothing to crazy, but it is unbelievably good.  We’ve also substituted the olive oil for coconut oil and it’s been just as tasty.

Have you had luck with chronic inflammation and dietary changes?

I know with my bladder disease I find that diet plays a very large role in my health and how I feel.

Hope you enjoy the recipe!

Danielle

 

Adding Mini Cows to our Homestead

While I’ve been away taking a break from life.

I’ve acquired two of the sweetest mini cows.

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Ferdinand & Clarabelle.

They arrived home on November 8th.  I used an Essential Oil concoction with Lavender Essential Oil to make their ride a little less overwhelming.  They were after all both being removed from their Mama’s for the first time.  I will say they were pretty calm and relaxed considering.

To be honest for the months leading up to their arrival there was a phase where I begged and pleaded with my husband to reconsider the arrival of these mini cows.

Fast forward almost a month later and I couldn’t be more in love.  In a few years when they breed we will be able to get our own fresh daily milk.  I am excited at the idea of providing ourselves with a little more sustainability.

After a lot of research we decided on the Mini Belted Galloway  breed known for their hardiness since we happen to live in the arctic some days.  They are feed efficient, and naturally polled.  For the inexperienced that just means in simple terms the bull does not have horns naturally.

I’ll be honest the bull is in fact the sweetest.  He’s like an enormous dog with a hoarse raspy moooooo that loves apples and carrots.

Both greet me each day with such enthusiasm and the sweetest cow faces.

Clarabelle is a little more reserved, but being an introvert myself I don’t fault her one bit.  In time she will come around.

Part of our homesteading journey was to get animals that would give back to us in some way.  Provide us with a service.  For now they eat hay (and not that much I might add) and they help eat the green waste around our homestead.

I love that they aren’t full size.  It makes handling them, feeding them, and space requirements much easier to handle.  Considering I barely know a thing about cow ownership it’s going pretty flawless.  Even with a mild escape a few weeks back.

I would most definitely recommend adding mini cows to your homestead if you are considering it.

There is something so sweet and gentle about a mini cow.

 

Essential Oils a Fad? Or necessity?

It seems that essential oils are the latest fad right?

Everywhere you turn someone is pushing their personal business.

I’ve taken a break from pretty much everything in my life.  I’ve had life burnout so bad.

In my time away from social media, writing, social gatherings I’ve been testing out Essential Oils and really trying to see are they truly worth the money or is this another scheme to get me to spend money.

I personally use the brands Young Living and Doterra.

Over the past 6 months I’ve come to the realization some of them do truly work, and some of the products were in fact a waste of money.

It all depends on personal preference, what exactly you are hoping to gain from using Essential Oils in your life.

I have found that there are oils that help treat colds, viruses, minor aches and pains.  Saving me on a trip to the Doctor’s office.  Sometimes in conjunction with Western medicine as well.

I’ve found I enjoy mixing and matching different essential oils to find scents that are pleasing to me.

I don’t always notice a difference, but sometimes the sweet aroma is enough to kick my bad mood.

I’ve been ingesting Copaiba regularly and often to help fight off my immune disorder.  This for sure is not a cure, but it has most definitely helped my immune system.

I love using Myrhh and Frankincense in my moisturizer to combat acne and wrinkles.

Instead of rushing to the Doctor for an antibiotic I have found that ingesting Oregano pills for 5 days will kick a sinus infection just as quickly without the side effects of an antibiotics.

Cooking with essential oils has become an enjoyable past time of mine as well.  A drop of Lemon Essential Oil will work just as nicely as a fresh lemon replacement.

So without begging and pleading for you to give Essential Oils a try I’m softly suggesting maybe you look into it.

Maybe it’s time our medicine cabinets reverted back to the olden days.  Ditch the cough suppressants for an Essential Oil instead.  Substitute a household cleaner for an all natural cleaner using Essential Oils.

There are so many different ways to use and enjoy Essential Oils.  It isn’t necessarily some scheme to take all your money.  As much as I love bleach and some modern medicine I find that I too really enjoy my natural medicine cabinet for everyday ailments.

If you are interested in seeing what Young Living has to offer feel free to click here.

You may be wondering why Young Living, and to be honest I don’t have an answer other than I have tried multiple brands of Essential Oils and have found I love Young Living the most.  It’s personal preference, and it happens to be the brand that I choose.

Full Disclosure:  I am not a Doctor, or an expert in Essential Oils.  I’m a mama, pretty basic, I do my research before using each and every essential oil and choose them for me and my family based on my own research and I strongly suggest you do the same.

 

 

 

 

Why I choose essential oils over western medicine more days than not.

Tired of popping a different prescription for an ailment?  Or maybe you are just looking for alternative medicines?

If so, I hope you read this and find a “non salesy”, true account of how essential oils have changed my life.

I know how annoying it is, scrolling through social media seeing the latest and greatest product someone is trying to sell.  So I’m going to skip the sales pitch and share a true account of why and how I use essential oils in my everyday.

I truly love them.  And I truly notice a difference in so many different aspects of my life.

Hopefully this doesn’t bore you, but in fact enlightens you to the benefits of using essential oils without the desperate plea of please buy from me.  Warning, I will include a link if you do in fact have an interest.  I will not however beg anyone to purchase from me.  I am happily oiling over here, and am happy to just share some of the things I’ve learned along the way.

I am the worlds worst salesperson.  I hate the cheesiness it brings.

So let’s dive into some essential oils.  I’ll share some potions that I use daily.  As well as some potions that help with common ailments and help both my spectrum kids daily.

Note: Essential oils are more of a tool not a cure all.

Germ Buster:

Apply 2 drops of Young Living Thieves Essential Oils to the bottom of your feet nightly.

  • With two kids with compromised immune systems, and myself with an immune disorder this has really been helpful in keeping us healthy.  This is a preventative potion, and can be diffused throughout the house as well.  It has an earthy spicy smell that my olfactory sensitive kids don’t seem to mind.
  • Young Living offers Thieves wipes that we use all day everyday to keep our hands germ free.

Peppermint, Lavender, & Lemon Diffuser Potion:

  • This is perfect when you are feeling stuffy.  With the change of seasons I’ve had some serious allergy struggles.  I diffuse this daily.  I notice the peppermint gives me a pep in my step as well.  Something about a minty, citrusy scent gets me moving.
  • 5 drops lavender, 5 drops lemon, and 5 drops peppermint

Copaiba, Panaway, Cedarwood, Lavender Night Rub

  • This potion will send the worst sleep offenders into a deep, restful sleep.
  • 7 drops copaiba, 3 drops panaway, 7 drops cedarwood, and 7 drops lavender, dilute with a carrier oil about 10-15 drops.
  • This can also be added to a bath for an all over pain relief, body relaxed state.

Carsickness

  • HB gets really car sick.  Sometimes a trip to the grocery store can cause her to get sick.  I add a drop of aromaease behind her ears before we take off.  And add 7 drops aromaease to my car diffuser.  She has some equilibrium issues and so do I.  This is a favorite essential oil to use around here.

There are so many more potions I’d like to share, until next time.

Or you can download my ebook on Amazon.  It has some simple potions and recipes for beginner oilers.

I hope you find something useful.  I hope if you have questions you reach out to me.  I promise I won’t beg you to buy from me.  But I am always happy to chat and share some essential oils that aid in the day to day struggles and ailments.

americanhomesteadco@gmail.com

If you would like to purchase and try out a few different essential oils click here.

Or if you have been wanting to sign up to receive the benefits of a being a Young Living distributor click here.

I found that the most affordable way for me use essential oils was to sign up as a distributor through Young Living.  The essential oils are so much more affordable at wholesale value, not to mention the kit and diffusers included when signing up to distribute.  Receiving a check in the mail monthly is always an added bonus.

Happy Sunday!

Danielle

 

 

 

The effects of anxiety on our bodies

No one likes to talk about poop or stomach issues.

But the reality is people poop. And some people have some struggles. Just saying.

Anxiety, stress, depression can wreak havoc on the body.

I’ll be completely transparent when I say raising two kids on the spectrum has caused me a lot of tummy issues.

Sleepless nights, meltdowns, repetitive noise behaviors seem to cripple my stomach.

Some days I feel as if I’m holding my breath all day. Not quite sure how to grasp a hold on the days challenges and moods.

This feeling of holding my breath and internally stifling the anxiety my body is under has destroyed my body internally.

I’m not blaming my kids for their behaviors. Or Autism for that matter.

But it is hard. Being a mama of kids on the spectrum. It’s a hard balance to reach. Sleepless nights don’t mean I get a break for the day. Out of control meltdowns add more anxiety. I do my very best to keep my own struggles to myself so not to reflect back on the kids.

But internally it has wreaked havoc on me.

I’ve spent multiple hours in the emergency room for unbearable stomach pain. A compliment of my own anxiety from the struggles I face raising two kids on the spectrum.

This isn’t a blame game. More of a confession of a mama that struggles daily with trying to be a good mama to her kids.

Moms make sacrifices. And I think moms with kids with challenges make more sacrifices.

Then there’s the fact that it’s hard to find support and people who truly understand the struggles because let’s be real each person with autism has their own unique struggles and strengths. So it’s hard to find someone who can relate to what you experience. Because of course everyone is different.

I’ve found myself struggling with my own health in all this autism business. And sometimes I realize my own struggles tend to have some spectrumy behaviors as well.

I read recently about a capsule with peppermint oil, and ginger can help ease the pain and discomfort associated with IBS.

So this week I’ve mixed up some potions in capsules and will try them for a few weeks before I can support or discredit this potion.

Praying it works. Praying I can learn to condition my own response to the days that can seem so out of control.

I truly hate anxiety. I hate that is has such a crippling effect on my body. And I hate that I haven’t been able to find a way to truly cope other than stifling my own struggles.

Do you find your anxiety leads to tummy issues? And how do you combat it?