A Simple Mom’s Guide to Essential Oils

I’ve written a lot for clients not much for myself.

I find it less work to write for someone else. I’m too much of a perfectionist sometimes and it ends up hindering my own production.

I decided on a whim to write and publish my own ebook.

It’s my first ebook from start to finish. I wanted it to seem as if you are talking to a friend. No sales just some advice. Some potions.

Some things that work for my family and own health.

It has a little of everything. Pretty common solutions to ailments. It’s easy to read, but should be used more as a guide depending on what potion and ailment you may have.

Of course I don’t think I’m a witch. But it is more fun to call them potions.

You can download for $2.99 my ebook guide for beginner oilers on Amazon.

A Simple Mom’s Guide to Essential Oils

I hope that you find some useful potions and recipes to try in your home for healthier living.

Danielle

From Slug to Motivated -A moms simple tips to get moving and motivated for the day

Some days I wake up so tired and have a hard time getting moving.  This isn’t just I didn’t sleep well tired, it’s I’m so life tired that the task of even getting up to brush my teeth seems impossible.

But then the mom guilt kicks in and I get up.  Stumbling my way through the next 3 to 4 hours hoping something I eat or drink will get me moving.

But awhile back I woke up sick of this feeling of constant exhaustion.

So I decided to take note.  And make some changes to the start of my day.  After all the only person that can truly change this is me.  Don’t look to your husband to make you happy or just your kids.  I wonder if you jotted down what makes you happy did you include yourself?  I know it didn’t even cross my mind.

I gave myself 1 minute to write down things that have been stressing me out.

  • money
  • student loans
  • keeping the house clean
  • procrastinating on shit I don’t want to do
  • Needing a new car
  • missing out on my purpose in life even though I don’t know what the hell it is supposed to be.

Then I prayed about each one.  And continued to throughout the day.  It’s a way for me to let go and just let someone else take my worries for a while.

Then I jotted down the things that make me happy

  • the kids, and MJE (as long as we aren’t stressed to the max over bullet number 1)
  • my family
  • the farm of animals we have
  • building wooden things
  • being outside
  • and my girlfriends.  Without them I’d be lonely and I enjoy our daily chatter, MJE wouldn’t care to here about the latest and greatest on the group text chat.  We may only get together once a year or never at all.  Group text-the modern day penpal. But I love having a little circle that gets lifes ups and downs with you.

Anyways, I prayed over all these things that make me happy in my life.

Then I made myself move.  But I started with a quick little jot of things that need to be done and things I would like to accomplish for the day.

Then I mixed up the following potion in the diffuser:

5 drops Peppermint

5 drops tangerine

3 drops valor

3 drops frankincense

I take a powergize supplement twice a day from Young Living.  SO far I’m really liking it.  One odd thing I feel like I get from it is a heat to my body but it gets me moving so no complaints.

Then I spend 30 minutes to an hour cleaning and tidying.  (I give myself a little room to cut it short or prolong the cleaning because I have some OCD tendencies)

In my schedule I include an entire hour and a half to do what I want in the afternoon after school.  The kids are to the age now where I can stick them in front of tv or give them some books so that I can have an hour and a half to recharge.  (It won’t kill them to be in their rooms quietly for an hour and a half something I have to keep reminding myself of)

I include yoga on my schedule..  Daily.  Our bedroom has become my yoga sanctuary.

I started small on the first day from slug to motivated.  And with each passing day I’ve felt more relaxed, more motivated.  It’s not an overnight cure, but a daily challenge.  Not to mention my house is much cleaner with my designated cleaning in the mornings.  Less clutter, more cleanliness instantly helps ease my anxiety.

I think challenging ourselves daily is really the only way we can grow.

I think moms get lost sometimes.  I think we lose ourselves in pleasing our families catering to demands from all different angles.

I know I’ve forgotten about myself lately.

My list will be different from yours of course, but if you are feeling sluggish, hard to get motivated maybe you will find comfort in not being alone.  Maybe a few things I try daily will help you combat the morning slug!

Thanks for reading!

Autism & Sleep

Most parents I know have had their child go through phases with sleep struggles.

But not to the extent for us Autism parents.

Sleep is elusive.  My son didn’t start sleeping regularly through the night until he hit five and a half.  Even still we have nights with serious struggles.

It was a source of my depression for quite some time.

I was exhausted.  I mean hadn’t really slept well in 5.5 years exhausted.

Lack of sleep causes behavioral struggles in not only the kids but also in the parents as well.

I’d be lying if I said my kids slept perfectly, but I actually sleep more nights than not now, which is the greatest blessing.

It’s crazy how lack of sleep can truly start destroying your body.  I had shingles at 28 years old.  Then again at 30.  My immune system was so weak and depleted from lack of sleep, but we had tried everything.

To be honest I think as EBE has grown he has started to sleep better.  But two things that are an absolute must each night in order for us to get sleep are Tired Teddies and diffusing my beloved sleep potion.

Sleep Potion

10 drops copaiba essential oils

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5 drops lavender

7 drops cedarwood

Tired Teddies are amazing.  I know some parents disagree with the use of a sleep aid, but after years and years of some truly insane nights I gave in and decided to give Tired Teddies a go.

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I absolutely love them.  And as parents we regularly take them for sleep as well.  (Just FYI I have no affiliation with the makers of Tired Teddies this is a genuine post from my own personal experiences)

I love that they don’t give you that sleeping pill hangover.

They have a small dose of melatonin as well as chamomile.  They don’t cause night terrors whereas we had that issue with other brands of melatonin.

I truly would suggest these to anyone struggling with sleep.  A gentle sleep aid by a company that I support.

I know having anxiety my sleep can get pretty odd on it’s own.  These are just two things out of an entire tool box we use to combat sleep issues associated with Autism and anxiety.

If you are having trouble sleeping maybe you would find some solace in this post from a previously exhausted mama.

If you have an interest in trying out some oils by Young Living, or would like to sign up to distribute your own essential oils follow the link

Authentically,

Danielle

Ending my toxic relationship with my iphone

I’ve been feeling this way for a while.  I don’t know if I’m just mean.  Have minimal patience or what.  I continually find myself rolling my eyes at the latest troll on social media.  It seems like people are so much more confident behind a keyboard.  Hatred is spewed much more than if we didn’t have Facebook or Instagram.

They aren’t personal attacks on me, but I think I’m just tired of people’s opinions.  Rude comments.  And God forbid you block or delete anyone someone might get their feelings hurt and post about it to the latest community page on Facebook.

I’ve felt this awakening for a while.  And decided it’s time.  I’ve deleted all social media apps off my phone.  And won’t be downloading them again for a long time.  Shoot ultimately I may end up deleting my accounts altogether.

It’s not that I don’t want to see what friends and family are doing.

It’s their asinine comments and opinions that seem to just rub me the wrong way and life is to short.

It doesn’t stop with friends and family it’s everywhere.  Everywhere you turn someone is being shamed on social media for something truly irrelevant to my everyday.

So today starts Day 1 of who knows how many days where I steer clear of my iphone except to make important calls of course.  Gone are the days of an immediate response via text.  No I won’t be answering my phone, but I will get back to you maybe on the weekend, maybe in a few weeks.  I’m not sure.  But I’ve been feeling this pull for a while to eliminate toxic relationships, and I’d say my iphone and I are in a toxic relationship.  It keeps notifying me of things I need to check out, but in reality I have one life to live and I do not care what other people are doing on social media.  I just don’t.  Sorry not sorry.

I’m 31 years old with two young kids I need to make family my priority.  All the hate will still be there when I get back I’m sure.

I used to love to follow people on social media to get ideas for workouts, dieting, kid activities you name it.  But it seems that all anyone cares about on social media is one upping someone else.  I’m sick of seeing the same people in the same pose talking about the same things.  I’m sick of the latest politically charged attack on Facebook.  There is nothing wrong with having opposing views, but there is something wrong in violently attacking people we care about over political differences.

I’m just tired of it.  I don’t know if I’m getting old or what.  But every time I’ve checked into Facebook or Instagram to see what is going on I’m inundated with horrific atrocities occurring around the world.  The latest and greatest gadget I need to buy to be happy.  It’s tiring, truly tiring.

And to be honest makes me embarrassed to call some people friends or family.

Sometimes I think ignorance is bliss.

So today starts my journey

Day 1-Ending my toxic relationship with my iphone

Don’t get me wrong I love my iphone, but I don’t love this pull that I feel to check into social media.  So I’m putting my foot down for my own sanity.

Here are just a few simple steps I’m taking on Day 1.

  • Unfriending those that seem to get under my skin (sorry it’s not you it’s me)
  • Deleting all social media platform apps off my phone
  • Turning off my phone for the day
  • Drinking a cup of tea on my porch taking in all the beauty we’ve built around us.
  • Writing.  I get paid to write not to check my social media accounts.
  • Diffusing Young Living Essential oils
  • And lastly living

The last bullet of living I think is by far the most important.

I think has a whole our iphones have taken us away from truly living.

I’m not sure what Day 2 will hold for me, but I’ll let you know.

Let the toxicity be cleansed.

Danielle

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Tranquil

I walked into McDonald’s today to let my kids play indoors because of the unbearable smoke from the California fires.

I could feel my anxiety and agitation growing as more people lined up behind me.  The cashier possibly was new, or just hated her job.  Not sure.

But her rudeness immediately started to agitate me.

By the time I had gotten our drink and french fries and sat down with the kids.  I could feel my anxiety taking over my entire being.  It was too loud.  There was someone who stunk.  Then there was the fact that a grown man was lurking in the slide.

I was appalled that not one parent had demanded he get out.  So I mentally prepared myself and went up to the play structure and demanded he get out.

He did.  And the alcohol he had consumed was very apparent.

By the time that fiasco was done I could feel my anxiety slowly creeping.  But having kids I don’t want them to see my own anxieties, I don’t want my personal feelings to reflect on them.

Thank God I always have my Young Living Tranquil roll on in my bag for occasions like this.  I marked one X with the oil on my left wrist, and another X on my right wrist.  And one more down the base of my neck.  When I’m really anxious I will count to ten while touching my thumb to each of my fingers until that suffocating feel dissipates.

I’m not sure why I have anxiety.  I’d guess it’s due to my genetics.  Most everyone in my family struggles with anxiety or depression.  But I also think this world can be to fast paced for people like me.  I’m an old soul, that prefers the company of good people as opposed to a bunch of strangers.  And I need a lot of alone time.  And sometimes that’s hard with two young kids at home.

Once I had ditched my prescribed anti-anxiety/anti-depressant last year I had to find a way to help when my anxiety starts spiraling out of control.

Once I started using Young Living Essential Oils I felt a positive change in my entire body.  Everyday I drink my water with lemon oil.

Diffuse different oils throughout the house.  If I’m feeling unmotivated and depressed I tend to diffuse Tangerine.  It’s citrus scent gives me the kick in my ass I need to get moving.

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When I get that suffocating, overwhelmed anxious feel I have a few different oils I use, but tend to consistently use Tranquil by Young Living.

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I used to think this essential oil potion was a trend, that there couldn’t possibly be any healing in it.  But going back to Biblical times essential oils were used even then.

So here are just a few tips and tricks that I use on a daily basis to maintain a healthy mental state.

  • Exercise, it’s a must.  Sometimes I feel to tired to workout, but I force myself to.  This is where Ningxia comes in to my rescue.  It gives me a clean energy that doesn’t affect my anxiety like caffeine does.
  • Getting out and about.
  • Setting a goal once a week to try something new, even if it’s as simple as pumping my own gas at a new gas station.
  • Drinking lots of water
  • NO caffeine, like ever.
  • Eating a healthy diet, no fast food or processed junk.
  • Prayer
  • Physical labor around the homestead.
  • Using Young Living Essential Oils by using them topically, internally, and diffusing them throughout the house.

These are some of the things I do daily.  They don’t always work and sometimes I slip up and drink caffeine and find myself spiraling into anxiety quickly.

How do you combat anxiety and depression?

 

 

Let’s talk anxiety, depression, and tummy issues

Today I wanted to introduce myself.  Talk tummy issues.  Anxiety, depression, so let’s just dive in.

I have always been what I considered healthy.  I’ve lifted weights for years.  Practice yoga more days than not.  But I’ve always suffered from intermittent anxiety and depression. I also suffer from an autoimmune disorder that can wreak havoc on my body at any give moment.   Recently I’ve noticed my stomach always feels in some sort of knot.  My kids are not the best sleepers.  They have some different sensory challenges, and I feel like more mornings than not I wake up with just an overall feeling of exhaustion.  It’s hard to be motivated throughout the day when you’re struggling with inner health.

I felt like I needed a change.  I didn’t want to stumble through life always making excuses for the issues my body feels daily.

So I decided to push myself out of my comfort zone.

Really give Young Living Essential Oils a chance.  See what their about.  I’ve always been skeptical of people selling things online.  But having recently just read

Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic

Book by Sam Quinones
I decided all the little things I’ve been feeling may actually have some truth to it.
When my youngest was diagnosed with Autism I was going through so much.  I felt alone, I felt like the unknown of her future was just too much for me to handle at that current moment.  I felt depressed.  I was exhausted.  My kids never slept in this phase.  SO I found myself seeking out my doctor where I found how simple it was to get a antidepressant/anti anxiety medication.
I remember the first day I took that pill how awful I felt.  I mean really awful.  I was sick to my stomach.  Falling asleep on the couch.  Things that were just not like me.  I felt like it had cut the edge of all the emotions I’d been facing and when I felt that I was ready to get off of it a year later I realized I had easily become physically addicted.  The withdrawls were painful.  The headache was unbearable.  So a few days later I started taking it again.
I really prayed about it.  And was so angry at myself for falling into the prescription drug trap so easily prescribed by doctors.
A month after my first attempt I decided to wean off my prescription.  You see nothing in my life had really changed.  My daughter of course still had autism.  I was still not getting any sleep, but I realized how dangerous it was getting for me to continue taking my prescribed antidepressant.  I didn’t want to walk through life numb.  And the withdrawls I faced were really unnerving.  SO I weaned off my pills for about two weeks and have never looked back.
I find that I still struggle from time to time, but that’s life right.  Nothing is perfect.  Moments are overwhelming.  God didn’t intend for us to be medicated through life.
So long story short!  I found myself truly giving oils a chance.  I fell in love with Young Living Essential Oils.  As cheesy as I feel sharing them with people I want them to see that there’s an alternative way to feeling healthy.
I started adding a drop or two of Lemon oil to my water first thing in the morning.  I noticed within 15 minutes of drinking it that knot in my stomach was gone.  So one glass turned to 3 a day.
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I noticed mental clarity.  I noticed that it encouraged me to make healthier choices throughout the day.
I cut out caffeine.  And preworkout.
Preworkout was probably the most difficult for me.  I’ve used it for years and years to get through my workouts.
So I decided to step out of my comfort zone one more time and try out Young Living Ningxia Red.  Once in the morning before my workout and once in the evening.
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I noticed an increase in energy but not a sloppy full feeling like a cup of coffee would give me.  Or a jittery tweaker high preworkout tends to give.  I won’t lie I did enjoy that extreme surge of energy.  But to be honest I don’t know half of the ingredients in any given preworkout I’ve purchased.
But with Ningxia Red by Young Living I noticed an increase in clean energy.
These are two of my favorite items for myself by Young Living.
If you are tired of feeling off.  Maybe you too struggle with stomach issues send me an email.
I’d be happy to share what I’ve learned.
americanhomesteadco@gmail.com
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Danielle