Monthly Archives: September 2017

My Essential Oil ORGANIZING Journey

My Essential Oil ORGANIZING Journey

“How do you store your oils?”

That is one of the top questions that I get from fellow oilists. It is a question I wrestled with for several years, too.

In the last year I’ve settled on a good system that works amazingly well. I want to share that with you!

Getting to my current system of essential oils organization was a process – a process that started with a very tiny box.

My Essential Oil ORGANIZING Journey

This box was actually the ring bearer’s box at our wedding and fit about two dozen bottles. But it didn’t take long to outgrow that tiny box.

So we moved our oils to a bigger box – enter massive box that holds about fifty bottles!

My Essential Oil ORGANIZING Journey

This large box worked well, but I began to notice some issues with the functionality of using boxes.

First, I had to pull each bottle out to read the label on the front of the bottle.

Second, there was a lot of wasted space because most of these boxes were so high. I tried getting little boxes to stack on top, but then it became cumbersome to get to the bottles underneath.

Last, many times I needed oils — fast — in the middle of the night for a child who needed support. It was not the time of day to be leisurely turning over bottles to read the label, nor the time of day to be digging through layers of oils in a dark box.

I did find AMAZING label tops for my essential oil bottles that addressed my first issue. I could now see what each bottle was from the top. Yay!

My Essential Oil ORGANIZING Journey

To help with the other two issues, I decided to look for a rack instead. A rack where I could easily organize, view and select my essential oils in my hallway – a very central location between our bedrooms.

I was elated to find the perfect one. It is actually designed for nail polish bottles, but it works perfectly for essential oil bottles.

My Essential Oil ORGANIZING Journey

Now I can see what I need in the middle of the night without digging through a box. Now I have all my oils ready at my fingertips for all the middle-of-the-night issues that come with having two little ones. It is perfect.

My Essential Oil ORGANIZING Journey

I hope my journey and solution helps you find the perfect system for organizing all your wonderful essential oils – in a way that is right for you and your family.

TIP-TOP Ten Favorite SPRING Diffuser Blends

Spring Diffuser Blends

There are so many things that I love about spring – the colorful spring bulbs, the temperate days, the fresh smells, the new green grass, the preparation of gardens and the rosy toddler cheeks from playing long and hard outside.

Tulips

In my quest to celebrate the ordinary and the extra-ordinary days of the year, I am creating my bucket list for enjoying SPRING with my people. This list includes:

  • Attend tulip days at our botanical gardens
  • Plant my vegetable garden and help Little Oilist plant hers
  • Greet our new neighbors with a pot of flowers
  • Plant a new fruit tree and some blueberry bushes
  • Go for lots of spring walks
  • Do a deep spring-cleaning
  • Do some spring crafts with the girls
  • Slow down to enjoy the sights and sounds of spring
  • Experiment and create spring diffuser recipes

Spring diffuser recipes? Yes, I have already worked on that last bucket list item. I have so loved experimenting with some wonderful diffuser blends that not only remind me of spring, but have supporting properties for the sneezing and wheezing that can spring bring.

Grandmother’s Flower Garden Blend PicMonkey Collage2 drops of Ylang Ylang

2 drops of Peppermint

1 drop of Jade Lemon

Pine Purity BlendPine Purity Blend1 drop of Geranium

2 drops of Lavender

2 drops of Lime

1 drop of Pine

Spring Tea BlendSpring Tea Blend2 drops of Geranium

3 drops of Lemon

3 drops of Orange

Rest and Relaxation BlendRest and Relaxation Blend6 drops of Lavender

4 drops of Eucalyptus

Spring in a Bottle BlendSpring in a Bottle Blend3 drops of Geranium

3 drops of Orange

3 drops of Lime

Spring Energy BlendSpring Energy Blend5 drops of Orange

3 drops of Fennel

Fresh Air BlendFresh Air Blend1 drop of Lemon

1 drop of Lime

1 drop of Tea Tree

Happy Morning BlendHappy Morning Blend1 drop of Pepperment

1 drop of Orange

1 drop of Lime

Spring Problems and Relief BlendSpring Problems and Relief Blend1 drop of Jade Lemon

1 drop of Peppermint

1 drop of Eucalyptus

Spring Days BlendSpring Days Blend3 drops of Peppermint

3 drops of Lavender

3 drops of Lemon

Celebrate these wonderful days of spring in any way you can with your family – the new sights, the sounds and the freshness. This is a wonderful time of year to create and enjoy everything new and fresh from your gardens to your essential oils. I hope these blends will refresh and support you and maybe even inspire you in creating your own, one-of-a-kind SPRING essential oil blend.

Happy Spring!

Tulips

Valor Essential Oil – For the Bumps and Bruises of Everyday Life

Valor

For the bumps and bruises of everyday life, I love to show a little extra love and care. Taking little falls and stubbing tiny toes are part of every little person’s life.

In fact, the average 2 year-old falls down 38 times a day! Some of those falls are worse than others, and if one of my girls has a big tumble, I always get her checked out by our chiropractor or doctor.

Yet many of these little owies need only a kiss before those chubby legs take her happily away to her next adventure.

But some of the falls need more than a kiss, but less than a doctor’s appointment. That is when I turn to my trusty “bumps and bruises” tool kit:

  • Valor essential oil
  • Arnica
  • Ice

Ice and arnica are wonderful, age-old remedies for everyday bumps and bruises.

Using “Valor” has been a recent discovery for me. It is a wonderful blend of four essential oils that support good circulation and general health. Valor is now one of my most used essential oil blends.

Valor

Besides Rosewood and Blue Tansy essential oils, the Valor blend has two powerhouse essential oils. Here are several fun facts about Northern Lights Black Spruce and Frankincense essential oils:

Northern Lights Black Spruce Essential Oil – “…comes from Young Living’s new Northern Lights farm in British Columbia, Canada. You can add it to skin care products or apply topically to help improve the appearance of dry skin or to help maintain the appearance of healthy-looking skin. This oil includes the naturally occurring constituents alpha-pinene, camphene, and beta-pinene.”

Frankincense Essential Oil – “…is considered a holy oil in the Middle East, where it has been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years and was one of the gifts given to Christ at his birth. Frankincense is mentioned in one of the oldest known scientific records, the Ebers papyrus, dating from the 16th century B.C. Young Living distills its Frankincense oil from the resin of Boswellia carterii trees located in northern Africa near the Arabian peninsula.”

I keep a little bottle of mildly diluted Valor blend accessible at all times. I attach a rollerball on top of our bottle for easy and gentle application.

If you have little people in your life, Valor is a wonderful blend to have stowed away for those weebles, wobbles and little falls of your babies.

Valor

Mommy Oilist Does Whole30

Whole30

Sugar is hard to give up. Carbs are hard to ditch.  Though we need glucose every day to function, most of us tend to binge, crave and eat too many carbs and too much sugar.

Daddy Oilist and I think a lot about what we eat. We enjoy grass-fed beef produced by a local farmer. We load our basket with fresh fruits and veggies each week.

Whole30

Yet, I have begun to see a slight change in my cravings. After a stressful (read BabyOilist doesn’t want to nap) afternoon, I crave some cheesecake. Real cheesecake – made with real sugar – the real deal. Or I want to eat a huge hunk of bread.  All these cravings come after a stressful period, not when I am hungry. To help with this, I engaged in a month-long gentle cleanse called, “Whole30.”

The basics of Whole30 are:

Eating:

  • Whole foods – meats, eggs, lots of veggies, some fruit, nuts, fats and seeds

Not Eating:

  • Grains, dairy, legumes and sugar

This 30 day protocol is not for the faint of heart. There were tough moments. But from day one, I  felt so much better! Yes, there were days that I was extra tired or craved something on the “no” list. But those moments were short lived as I developed a cheat-sheet of tricks that helped me.

Whole30

Here are five basic and practical tips that helped me:

  • Have a basic plan or menu for each day.
  • When hungry, start making and eating food. Make a salad. Cook some chicken. Or just start eating nuts, bell peppers or a grapefruit.
  • Get enough water.
  • Take your vitamins.
  • Get some extra sleep.

Cedarwood

Here is how essential oils helped me get through the Whole30:

  • Cedarwood and Lavender Bath – Sometimes the cravings would come when I was uptight and just needed to relax.
  • Using Young Living essential oils (i.e. Vitality line) in my cooking to add depth, interest and variety. A chopped apple and walnuts with one drop of Thieves Vitality was a yummy, new-found treat!
  • Inhaling and Diffusing – Taking deep inhalations of Grounding, Stress-Away or Valor. This helped refocus my mind, refresh my mood and re-energize my body.
  • Lime and Lemon Water – Squeezing a fresh lemon into a glass of water with one drop of Lime Vitality essential oil was a great pick-me-up.

Whole30

Whole30 is not for the faint of heart, but it is so worth it. Within a week, my brain fog was gone and I felt so alive. Seeing these results and now having some little tricks in my back pocket, I am ready to do this challenge again!

Whole30

How to Change and Place A Young Living Essential Rewards Order

Changing ER Order

Do you want to place your monthly Essential Rewards Order with Young Living, but not sure how to do it?

As a brief recap, there are two types of orders that you can place with Young Living.

A Quick Order is an order you can place whether you are signed up for Essential Rewards or not. It places your order on the spot when you hit “Submit Order,” but doesn’t accrue Essential Rewards (comparable to “Young Living dollars”).

An Essential Rewards Order is a monthly order that you opt in to when you sign up for the Essential Rewards program. Read the benefits of this program HERE. Your monthly Essential Rewards order can be changed every month to include what you need and want.

In this pictorial, I will walk you step-by-step through changing and placing your monthly Essential Rewards order.

Sign-In

First sign in to your Virtual Office using your Username or Member Number and Password.

 ER-1

This is the “Welcome” screen that will greet you. Note: The banner images might be different, but the layout should be the same.

Changing ER Order

In the left-hand menu, click the tab called, “Essential Rewards.” 

Changing ER Order

This page, called “Monthly Order,” will load. This is like your Essential Rewards dashboard. You can manage every aspect of your Essential Rewards program here.

To change your Essential Rewards order for this month, click the “View or Change Order” button located in the top left box.

Note: The products from last month remain in your cart and will ship the following month if the cart remains unchanged.

Changing ER Order

Use the trash icons to delete any items from last month that you don’t want on this month’s order. Click the “Add Products” to add new items to your order.

Changing ER Order

Once you click the “Add Products” button, you will see this page. To add items, click on any of the categories to view convenient lists of items or you can use the search feature. At any time when you are in this adding products to your Essential Rewards section of your Virtual Office, you can always scroll down to the bottom of the pages to view your cart.

Changing ER Order

For this example, I clicked on the category called “Essential Oil Singles” (located under Essential Oils and Blends). I need 10 bottles of Cedarwood Essential Oil, so I type in 10 in the quantity field and click “Add Product.” This added 10 bottles of Cedarwood to my cart.

Add whatever products you need to your cart.

Changing ER Order

Scroll to the bottom of these “Add Product” pages in the Essential Rewards section to view your cart. Once you have all the products you need for this month in your cart, click the “Next Step” button. 

Changing ER Order

On this page,  you will get to choose your shipping method, review your order and change your address if needed. When finished, click the “Next Step” button. 

Changing ER Order

On this page, you can add/delete/use a payment method. You can also donate to the Young Living Foundation if desired. When finished, click the “Confirm My Payment Options.”

Changing ER Order

Yay! Your order has been successfully saved and ready to process on your selected day. On this page you will see a summary of your order – totals, shipping address and payment method.

Remember you can at anytime go back and change any part of your order up to a day before your processing. Just make sure to save your order anytime you make changes. How do you know if your order is saved? The above page confirms that!

Changing ER Order