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?

What I wish I knew about sensory meltdowns before the diagnosis

There was a time when sensory wasn’t in my vocabulary and I was clueless to a lot of behaviors.  But these are just my thoughts on what I’ve learned over the years and how we handle meltdowns in our house.

When one of the kids is having a meltdown.  I don’t mean a tantrum either I mean a full blown sensory meltdown…I always try to take a moment and step back to look at the entire picture.  See what is causing the meltdown.  I let both my kids meltdown as they need to.  It needs to come out, then we need to work together to see how we could have helped prevent the meltdown.

The meltdown is always a product of a variety of things.  You see your child isn’t sobbing uncontrollably, or hyperventilating over the fact that they couldn’t get their pants up  easily or because they dropped their toy.  It was the straw that broke the camels back.

In our case it’s been a major upset in our routine.  We started school this week, and even though its at home there are different rules in place and it’s different than the usual.  Then there’s the fact that Miss H has started ballet and has been gone from the house for 2 hours a day.  EBE has struggled the most with this.  And he worries about her, he’s a sweet little soul.

And Miss H is loving her new profession as a ballerina, she is such a social butterfly.  But anytime we get home (or in the car) from exciting activities like this we usually have a lot of struggles after.  As exciting as it is, it does cause sensory overload.  She doesn’t remember to use the bathroom as often, she forgets to eat, it’s a combination of things.  Thankfully we have weighted blanket that someone so generously gifted to us.  It’s gotten so much use, and truly is helpful when the kids are on overload.

And in these moments I’m exhausted.  It’s hard to watch your child struggle.

But it’s only a fleeting moment in time.  And I know the meltdown will end.  This is just part of growing, and changing.  This is part of our journey with Autism.

But I will tell you.  There’s a gentleness to both my spectrum kiddos, a kindness for everyone, and heart for things that the typical don’t always see or understand.

So I will tell you this.  If you are overwhelmed and exhausted after your child’s meltdown.  Also think about how they feel.  They are growing and working through something.  Help them. Rather than give it another label.

Labeling it won’t effect the outcome, but providing coping tools, sensory input, a lot of love can make it easier on everyone.  A few essential oils helps out too.

Danielle

 

Pain relieving sleep rub – Young Living

I am a lover of oils.  I just love that there is a way to heal with something as natural as an oil.

I am more enthusiastic about grabbing an essential oil instead of an over the counter medication.

My husband was injured on-duty and has been suffering from back pain for almost 6 months.

I decided to pick a few of my favorite oils and add it to to whipped coconut oil to create the most relaxing massage oil I’ve ever used.

This isn’t an ad, it’s just something I’ve found really helpful with promoting healthy sleep as well as healing aches and pains.  The first night I had my husband repay the favor and rub it on my back I was out so quickly.  And I had the most relaxed mind and body.  Usually my mind goes a million miles per minute before I fall asleep, so this was amazing for me.

 

10 drops Lavender

7 drops Panaway

7 drops Copaiba

1 cup whipped coconut oil

How to whip the coconut oil:

First make sure you have organic unrefined coconut oil.  It  truly makes a difference.

Mix using a whisk attachment on high until coconut oil looks whipped.

Make sure the coconut oil is a solid before you attempt to whip it.  If it’s a liquid you won’t get the same look.  I’m not to sure it really makes a difference it does melt into the skin regardless.

Once you have whipped coconut oil slowly add in your essential oils.

Store in a cool dry place or you may wake up to a liquid.

I rub this down my kids spine before bed as well to help them sleep better and relax before bedtime.

If you try it please let me know how it works for you.

If you’d like to learn about Young Living Essential oils click here

Danielle

 

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.

tired teddies

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