You have the YL Starter Kit-Now What?

This post is to all out there who have their kit, but want to know what they can do with it! I will go over  , and tools that are oh-so helpful in getting the most out of YL’s oils, additional oils that are must haves to try next, and my favorite/daily uses for the oils in the kit!

Tools for the Oil User

By far the most important tool you can have as a new oil lover is to buy either the Reference Guide for Essential Oils Soft Cover 2014 or Hard Cover 2014! Or if you prefer, check out this book in app form for Android/Google and App format for iphone! This reference guide will help you through your oils. It not only shares with you the chemistry of how oils work, but they also tell the main purposes of each oil and blend and you can also look up your ailment and see which oils can support you. This is a must!

refguide

Next, I love to store/display all my oils in this Nail Polish Rack on my counter top. I am sure you could put one of these in your cabinets too.

my growing collection!

my growing collection!

You MUST get a glass water bottle to take full advantage of ingesting certain oils to support your health! I recommend Ello 20-oz Glass Water Bottle with Silicone Sleeve (Pink Squares) but there are tons of glass water bottles around (Target has some cute ones too).

These Roll on Glass Bottles are a must have. I use them to stretch my oils! ** It’s important to use tinted glass bottles as they block the UV rays from scrambling the molecules in the essential oils, therefore making them less effective. You can find brown, blue, purple and the ones above are green.

These 2 oz are a must have for making your own sprays and other concoctions you come up with. You can get all sizes. I use the 2 oz mostly, but 4oz are great for sunscreen, the 16 oz would be good for house cleaning products or things you use a lot of! the 1oz are great to carry on the go!

I use babyfood jars for my creams but if you don’t have those handy, I would get Medium Amber Glass Jar for your homemade rubs like my facial cream, ZZZ massage cream, or respiratory support cream. If you want to make creams and such to give away, I would encourage using these 2 oz. Round Favor Tins .

New Must Have Oils to Try:

I love cedarwood in a diffuser (3 drops) to promote a restful sleep. I put in roller bottle (20 drops) and rub bottoms of feet to help concentration, clear head and focus, even for your littles who need help with this during school time. Only $11 for a large bottle (15ML or 240 drops)!

R.C. is a great blend to support healthy chest, nasal and sinues! I diffuse when we are stuffed up. I rub on areas that need to loosen up! Only $10 for a small bottle (5ML or 80 drops)

Peace and Calming is WONDERFUL for promoting a sense of calm among your children. When they are wild, I diffuse this. Also, in Grace’s nursery, I diffuse every night 2 drops, plus 2 drops of lavender! $15 or so for a small bottle. TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE

DiGize is a must have. I LOVE it for supporting our digestive system! It helps to alleviate bloating, excessive gas, nausea, that stuffed feeling or pressure, and relief of occasional heartburn. I just put my finger on the top of the bottle and rub under my tongue. I have it in a roller bottle, diluted with olive oil too and rub on kid’s tummies  $33 for a large bottle.

Favorite Uses from the oils in my Premium Starter Kit:

Honestly, I sat on these oils for like 6 months or so before I started using them consistently. I am so glad I finally broke open the goodness and used them!

Lavender is a commonly used on for us! We use this oil for diffusing when we want to promote peace, calming, relaxing, etc. We also use it for any booboos or imperfections on our skin. It also relieves

Melaluca (AKA Tea Tree Oil) has been used daily for me in my homemade face lotion (recipe blog coming soon!)! I hear it’s great for anything… cleaning, skin support, flaky or itchy skin, and so much more!

Peppermint is so awesome. This is such a great “wake me up” oil! I love huffing it when I need a jolt, also use for nasal blockage, head discomfort, gas and upset tummies, backed up digestive system, regulating high body temps, and a breath refresher

Peppermint is so awesome. This is such a great “wake me up” oil! I love huffing it when I need a jolt, also use for nasal support, fogginess, gas and tummies, head discomfort, promoting healthy body temps, and a breath refresher

Frankincense is a very expensive oil so we try to use this last, but it is wonderful for so many things! Warts, skincare, wrinkles, mood booster, but, by far, my favorite use for this oil is using it to pray over people. Matt and I have opened our home up for a place people can come and receive our prayers. I usually anoint their head with frankincense while we pray over them. It’s been so powerful to see God’s healing power through prayer and oils!

Frankincense is a very expensive oil so we try to use this last, but it is wonderful for so many things! If you want beautiful, glowing skin-use this in your skincare system! It helps to reduce wrinkles, mood booster, but, by far, my favorite use for this oil is using it to pray over people. Matt and I have opened our home up for a place people can come and receive our prayers. I usually anoint their head with frankincense while we pray over them. It’s been so powerful to see God’s healing power through prayer and oils!

Lemon is awesome for adding to homemade cleaning supplies, immune boosting for babies under two (since thieves is too strong for them!), detoxifying your body while drinking in water, adding it to honey and hot water for a mucus-busting morning drink, taking any sticky away (I used it to remove stuck on labels off of glass jars!), uplifting smell in diffuser and used in a powerful seasonal discomfort blend with lavender and peppermint!

Lemon is awesome for adding to homemade cleaning supplies, immune boosting for babies under two (since thieves is too strong for them!), detoxifying your body while drinking in water (GLASS ONLY), adding it to honey and hot water for a healthy morning drink when your stuffed, taking any sticky away (I used it to remove stuck on labels off of glass jars!), uplifting smell in diffuser and used in a powerful blend with equal parts lavender and peppermint to help support healthy respiratory, nasal, tear duct function.

Panaway has not been used very often… just when we have bumps and bruises, or when someone runs into something else and gets a huge welt-that’s when rolling panaway (like 10 drops in one of these bottles filled with olive or almond oil) on the spot of discomfort takes the pain away and oftentimes a bruise never shows up!

Panaway has not been used very often… just when we have bumps and bruises, or when someone runs into something else and gets a huge welt-that’s when rolling panaway (like 10 drops in one of these bottles filled with olive or almond oil) on the spot of discomfort takes the pain away and oftentimes a bruise never shows up!

Joy has not been used very often. I have diffused it a couple of times, but it is just so strong it’s still hard for me to take! I want to dilute it in one of these bottles and cross it over my heart as a perfume of sorts. I will let you know how it goes! Anyone have another use for Joy they want to share??

Joy has not been used very often. I have diffused it a couple of times, but it is just so strong it’s still hard for me to take! I want to dilute it in one of these bottles and cross it over my heart as a perfume of sorts. I will let you know how it goes! Anyone have another use for Joy they want to share??

Citrus Fresh is so yummy! Drink in GLASS cup/bottle to hydrate, drink in hot water for yummy start to morning, helps with memory recall, diffuse for uplifting smell!

Citrus Fresh is so yummy! Drink in GLASS cup/bottle to hydrate, drink in hot water for yummy start to morning, helps with memory recall, diffuse for uplifting smell!

Purification doesn’t smell so great to me so I don’t use this one often. Diffuse to get rid of nasty smells, add 10 drops per 2 oz of distilled water to glass spray bottle and spray on gross smells (furniture, carpet, curtains, etc).

Purification doesn’t smell so great to me so I don’t use this one often. Diffuse to get rid of nasty smells, add 10 drops per 2 oz of distilled water to glass spray bottle and spray on gross smells (furniture, carpet, curtains, etc) Awesome to repel bugs naturally!.

Stress Away is probably one of my favorites. I slather it on my wrists and neck like perfume, especially when I feel anxious, stressed or overwhelmed (ahem… like every day). I just used the roller filament that comes with the premium starter kit and popped it on this bottle! PLEASE watch this video about how to apply the roller on your bottles and how to take it off! The first time I tried, the bottle spilled and a lot of oil was wasted

Stress Away is probably one of my favorites. I slather it on my wrists and neck like perfume, especially when I feel anxious, stressed or overwhelmed (ahem… like every day). I just used the roller filament that comes with the premium starter kit and popped it on this bottle! PLEASE watch this video about how to apply the roller on your bottles and how to take it off! The first time I tried, the bottle spilled and a lot of oil was wasted 😦

thieves

Thieves is probably and all time favorite of most oil users out there! I diffuse this one daily, especially after school as we all bring home yuck from school and work and daycare. I rub it on our feet to boost our immune system when one of us starts getting sick symptoms, numbing throats, and we make our own immune boosting spray with it (among many others!).

***Blend equal drops lemon, lavender and peppermint in diffuser to alleviate scratchy eyes, throat, nose, etc). You can also use 6 drops of each in roller bottles filled with carrier oil of your choice and apply ‘raccoon eyes’ on your face and down your neck by your ears.

Your Home Diffuser is easy to work! Press once for it to diffuse constantly, press twice for it to alternate 30 seconds on and 30 seconds off, and press and hold down if you want the light to go off on either setting.

Also, follow me on Instagram and Twitter for new tips, tricks, links to oil posts and updates on local classes given! Have fun!

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How I Am Easily Saving $120 per month!

As of Feb 2015, we were paying $150 a month for satellite direct TV/DVR and Internet. Well Matt and I just graduated Financial Peace University, and we are looking to cut some costs…

And we scored a major deal! We decided to cut Satellite TV and buy this Roku 3 Streaming Media Player and Amazon Basics Cable Bundle for less than $85 (including the cable you need to connect)! And it’s free watching of our favorite shows and movies after that! We are Prime Members. If you aren’t already, you need to sign up! Start Free Trial Now!

Hopefully this will keep our family from watching too much TV and save us $120 EACH MONTH!

Happy Saving!

Stacy

Free Kids Clothes (PLUS FREE SHIPPING!)

If you don’t mind used clothes, there is this AWESOME deal going on right now from an online used kids clothes site, Schoola! Here is how you can get free kids clothes…

1. Click my referral link here and sign up-you will receive $15 free credit! It’s added, don’t worry! You’ll see it when you check out. If you check out, I get $15 for my future orders! YAY!

2. If you shop quickly and order in 30 minutes or less, apply HURRY as the promo code during check out, you’ll get free shipping! Some people have even reported getting an additional 25% off their order but I didn’t see it before checking out. If you add more the $15, there is a possibility of 25% coming off!

3. Use your own referral link and share it with your friends to earn free money for clothes! It’s a win win win!

Yay free clothes! I scored some dress pants for my 7 year old! He’s so tall and growing so quickly!

God bless,
Stacy

Our Journey to ‘Healthiness’

It all started in Fall of 2013… We have tried knocking out all processed foods from my kitchen, which worked so well for us… that is until morning sickness with Baby Grace set in… then I gave in to the convenience and siren’s call of Doritos and Goldfish.

But the reason why we made the switch to no/low processed foods was because my entire family was living Sickagedon 2013. In a span of two months, my kids and husband had horrible flus, colds, stomach bugs, coughs, squirts, pukes, you name it, they caught it. I was the only one who was not a victim of said tragedy, but was during the time we learned of our first miscarriage. I mention this because moms tend to feel like miscarrying your baby is your fault somehow, and because I have a kick-butt immune system, I felt like my body just kicked everything out-including my sweetie growing inside.

Needless to say, Mama Bear got angry. I wanted to kick out all that was causing us pain! Aaaand we needed to give our washer and dryer a break from sanitizing poopy, pukey sheets! (… and rugs… and clothes… and towels… you get the picture). So after hitting the blogosphere hard, I came across some good friends in the local Des Moines area who wanted to gradually kick out sugar from their homes. We eventually formed a facebook group called, “Healthy Eating Families.” These ladies not only inspired me to slowly but surely take baby steps in ridding our house of processed foods, and providing real food options! And it worked! NO SICKNESS from January to March! Eating real food and kicking out common chemicals saved my bebes from a big part of the flu season!

Because of this Healthy Eating Families group, I learned how to make my own toothpaste, water and dairy kefir, kombucha,  elderberry syrup, sauerkraut, and fell in love with Essential Oils.

In late Feb, I started feeling SUPER TIRED and sick from being prego. I could not even say the word, “Kombucha” without gagging. Literally. I let all my living, probiotic saturated, creatures die on my kitchen counter. It was sad/liberating.

I am looking forward to gradually kicking out the chips, tortillas, bread and boxed granola bars in hopes of making my own after the baby is born and I emerge from the postnatal fog. But until then, we have truly incorporated a healthier diet consisting of many more fruits and veggies as well as grass-fed options for diary! We are still feeling good!

To aid us in our health, we use Essential Oils for our entire family! I firmly believe in this hippie stuff! But I am totally aware of how expensive providing healthy choices can be. I have written some posts on providing healthy, natural choices for your family on a budget. Feel free to ask questions! We are all learning together.

Essential Oils on a Budget

Real Food on a Budget (Stores with the best prices!)

Blogs to follow to Stay on a Healthiness Budget

Apps for Motivation to stay healthy!