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.

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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

 

 

 

Reese’s Protein Muffins

I have a serious sugar addiction.  And I’m in recovery.

Sugar is a hard thing to purge from your diet considering it is in everything.  Even with making most things homemade I find that I still add sugar to most recipes.

If you are looking for a new quick healthy snack I’d encourage you to give these muffins a try.

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Reese’s Protein Muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chocolate cake protein
  • 3 eggs (1 egg, 2 egg whites for the extra health conscious)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp peanut butter for each muffin
  • 1-2 drops copaiba oil

Directions

Mix everything but the peanut butter.  Fill the muffin cups 3/4 of the way.

Add teaspoon of peanut butter to each muffin.

Bake at 350 for 22-26 minutes.

They are best when straight out of the oven.

I’m terrible about eating, I forget with the chaos of each day.  These are a nice quick healthy treat to have lying around.  And I love that it has minimal sugar.

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The benefits of ingesting copaiba oil are pretty interesting.

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I’ll make it short and sweet for your viewing pleasure

  • Anti-Inflammatory & Pain Relief .
  • Protects the liver.
  • Protects the brain.
  • Acne.
  • Oral Health
  • Sleep
  • Infections

Hope you enjoy!

Easy Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls on first day of home school Kindergarten

So today we embarked on a new journey.

It was our first day Homeschooling.

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My kids made me this sweet salt dough necklace (with my help of course) to start off our first year of school together.

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People have said ugly comments regarding our decision to home school.  But I’ve never been one to be persuaded by someones opinions.

In short,  few of the reasons we decided to home school our kids was their sensory struggles.  We didn’t want them to be a product of bullying and public school.

By homeschooling them it allows us to give them the one on one attention they need in order to succeed.  In a busy classroom I could see how they could easily get lost or left behind.

So we decided to home school and today was our first official day of Kindergarten.

EBE is 5.  Miss H is 4.  She technically isn’t old enough to start kindergarten but she is so sharp and completed all the tasks right alongside her brother.  Amazing what an attentive one on one setting can encourage.

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When she was diagnosed with Autism the doctors were wrong.  They were wrong about her challenges.  They didn’t see what we saw.

She has some true gifts.  Some struggles as well.

Anyways the first day of Kindergarten was a complete success.  Aside from the fact that both were on sensory overload from the excitement and possibly the homemade cinnamon rolls.

But thankfully we’ve built a sensory area in the garage so we just moved our lessons to the swing helping them both to focus and lose some of the sensory challenges we faced.  I was able to give them gum to satisfy the oral seeking, screeching and licking behaviors I was seeing.

Today we went on a science walk to do complete our science lesson.  I have always noticed the kids learn best when moving.  We went over the  five senses of science; taste, smell, hearing, touch, and sight.  I used this lesson to my sensory advantage allowing them to dig in the dirt, touch flowers on our walk, smell the sagebrush.  We found quail footprints and drew them on our skin.  Both my kids are sensory seekers and relax with gentle touch.

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We brought a magnifying glass with us so we could get a better look along the way.

We move around often when we are learning if not I notice they lose focus so quickly.

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It was just our first day, but I noticed that the kids were more focused if I allotted 5 minute breaks to get the wiggles out quite often.  Hoping this continues to work for us.

I also diffused Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Melissa, Frankincense, Blue Cypress, Lavender to keep us focused.

I worked late into the night preparing homemade cinnamon rolls for the kids on their first day of school.  I wanted it to be special.  The sugar may have been to much for them, but it was their first day.  So lesson learned, tomorrow I’ll resume our clean eating diet.

This is my favorite recipe and I’ve had it for so many years I wouldn’t know who to credit for the recipe and I always throw a bunch of randoms in there too.

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls -Bread Machine

Homemade cinnamon rolls  Quick and easy using a bread machine and few ingredients you probably have around the house. This makes about 24 cinnamon rolls it’s a lot of dough!  I also don’t make these often my kids don’t do well with sugar, but for a treat they are pretty tasty.

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Ingredients:

Dough

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1 1/3 cup hot water

1 stick of butter cut into small chunks

5 tablespoons of sugar

1 egg

1/4 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 1/2 cups flour

1 tablespoon dry-active yeast

Filling

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

2 Tablespoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup butter softened

Icing

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I truly don’t measure much.  I just sort of dash and go.

1 1/2 cup powdered sugar

2 Tablespoons melted butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

4-6 Tablespoons milk

Anyways I won’t pretend this is a healthy recipe.  But on a special occasion it’s something the kids truly enjoy.  Even if I did have to survive the sugar high after.

Hope you enjoy!

All in all I’d say it was a successful day.  I have a few sensory strategies I plan to implement, but I think once the excitement of school settles down the sensory quirks will slow down a bit.

I had a really fun time learning alongside them and it truly is rewarding being a part of their education.