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

 

 

 

Sensory benefits and struggles of gardening

I decided to get some new plants for my yard today. Usually planting gives me a peaceful feeling. The kids love it and I think it teaches them some important pieces to life. Not to mention the sensory input it provides.

Nevada’s high winds and hellish soil can make it quite the experience. My own sensory quirks made it a tad bit annoying today when things weren’t going as perfectly as I’d like.

My youngest loves to plant. Each plant she calls a “bible”. I have started my biblical garden adding plants and herbs found in the Bible. It will take some time but it’s something I love and can’t wait to one day finish.

Hyssop has an earthy mint smell that I just love.

We found some anemone but need to find a partially shady space for it before I add it.

HB calls it the Jesus flower. Referred to as the wild lilies in the Bible.

Love my sensory seeker. She loves getting her hands and feet all up in the dirt.

I love that it’s a family affair. Teaching them about gardening. Sharing the importance of flowers and herbs with them.

My sensory avoider doesn’t do messy. He’s a tad like me.

But even he couldn’t resist getting his toes all in.

Gardening gives kids with sensory challenges such great input.

It provides grounding. (Yes we garden barefoot)

I will say I was a tad bit agitated the wind was driving me insane. My things were blowing away faster than I could plant them. But welcome to Nevada.

I plant mums every year. They were the flowers at my wedding. So I just love them a little extra. And they scream fall.

I found this beautiful hibiscus tree to add to the walkway that will be stunning year round once I can dig through the soil from hell.

Todays planting extravaganza did not go as I had planned. Simple as that. But I do love all the new beauty around us and I’m guessing the kids sensory needs were met so they should sleep soundly with a little copaiba after an afternoon of fresh air and a lot of dirt.

Danielle

Maria

My kids are the biggest fans of The Book of Life.

So it’s only fitting that are newest goat member goes by Maria.

This sweet little beauty has joined our mini farm.

Goats are social animals and do best with a friend or two. After Gus was sent to heaven we needed to find Randy someone to spend his days with.

We have sweet friends that also have their own little ranch. So it was easy to add this gem to our mini farm.

She has the sweetest blue eyes. And a gentle demeanor.

Once her nerves dissipate I think she will find that she found a loving little farm to spend her days weed eating.

I am not sold on my ability to be a farm animal owner.

I can’t stand the heartbreak when something goes wrong.

But seeing the joy on the kids faces makes it all worth it.

Welcome home Maria.

YL Natural sponge cleaner

Yeah it’s actually Friday night and I’m writing down my latest thoughts on my favorite natural sponge cleaner.  What has my life come to?

But it’s about the only time in the day I have a few moments for free thought.  As I write this Lucile Ball is batting at the keys with her tiny kitty paws.  If it’s not kids it’s an animal.

It’s no secret I’m frugal.  I’m not one to have a lot of possessions.  And I try to use products I truly believe in.  I use a variety of cleaners but for sanitizing my sponge I use this every single time.  My sponges last longer because I’m not likely to throw them out in a few days.

I hate the thought of what can lurk on a sponge.  Mine was looking a little funky today.

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A quick google search may freak you out enough to sanitize your dish sponge.

I have some serious smell aversions, and a stinky sponge is something that I just can’t have.

Here’s my recipe!

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YL Natural sponge cleaner 4 ingredients

  • Fill a bowl with water and submerge your sponge.
  • 5 drops Purification Young Living Essential oil
  • 5 drops Lemon Young Living Essential Oil
  • 2 drop Melaluca Young Living Essential Oil

Directions:

Microwave on high for 1 minute.  That’s it!

There are quite a few different oils that are great for cleaning, but these three together allow my OCD to relax on what could be lurking in the sponge.

If you give it a try please share your thoughts.

Thanks for reading!

If you ever have an interest in essential oils, come take a look at all Young Living has to offer.  I’ve always loved oils, but felt like I couldn’t afford them until my mama so sweetly signed me up to distribute them.  It’s a nice little way to make some extra money doing something I truly believe in.

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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Germ Zapping homemade playdough/Calming playdough

What if I told you that you could make playdough in less than 5 minutes in the comfort of your home.

Save yourself a little bit of money, encourage relaxation and focus with lavender playdough.

Keep the germs away with this easy to make germ zapping playdough.

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I often hear there isn’t enough time, and sure it may seem easier to just to pick up a thing of playdough to keep your kids entertained.  But it’s also unbelievably simple to create playdough that is safe for little hands.

Recipe from our home to yours.

Using Young Living Essential oils.

Germ Zapping Playdough

1 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

2 Tablespoons oil

3 tablespoons cream of tarter (3 tablespoons vinegar if you don’t have cream of tartar lying around)

1 cup water

5 drops Thieves Young Living Essential Oil

Food Dye is optional

Add all ingredients into a pot and cook on medium heat.  Stirring constantly until dough resembles playdough.

Store in airtight container for up to 2 months.  I do regularly add drops of Thieves.

This is perfect for when you’ve come home from a birthday party, or grocery store.  Of course I have the kids wash their hands first.  This is just a little secret from my home to yours.

Calming Playdough

1 cup water

1 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

2 Tablespoons oil

3 Tablespoons cream of tartar

5 drops lavender Young Living essential oil

Food dye is optional.  I usually choose a color that isn’t too overstimulating if I plan to use this as a calm down tool in our house.

Add all ingredients into a pot and cook on medium heat.  Stirring constantly until dough resembles playdough.

Store in airtight container for up to 2 months.  I do regularly add drops of Lavender.

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With two kids with sensory differences these two playdough recipes get a lot of use in our house.  I am a firm believer in essential oils abilities to heal.

I hope you enjoy!

Danielle

 

 

 

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?