Category Archives: Essential Oil Blends

Strengthening Exercises with Essential Oils

Strengthening Exercises with Essential Oils

Early morning exercise isn’t for everyone, but it is something that I have come to love. Taking a run on the treadmill is a sure way to wake up. Going for a 30 minute swim at the gym has kick-started many of my days.

However, some of my very favorite early morning exercise times have been a lot slower paced. Last year when I was pregnant with Baby Oilist, it was the early morning hours that I spent doing the hundreds of kegels, pelvic tilts and other homework exercises from our Bradley birth class.

Strengthening Exercises with Essential Oils

To keep me awake and making my way through these relaxing exercises, I had some of my favorite grounding essential oils nearby and would often deeply inhale while I worked out. Even being full of baby and the exhaustion that can come with that, I loved those exercise times. My body started craving those stretches and my mind would look forward to the awakening time of deep breathing and inhaling my favorite essential oils.

Fast forward a year, and many of my exercise times are slow, controlled and strengthening. I have come to love many of the Yoga with Adriene videos. These are great for women and are upbeat, doable and completely FREE on YouTube.

Strengthening Exercises with Essential Oils

The benefits of doing deep breathing, learning balance and stretching tight places has made a difference for me day-to-day. When balancing children, keeping up with a schedule and all the busyness that comes with that, I love these quiet, peaceful, challenging times of exercise.

Once again I like to keep my essential oils nearby to multiply the benefits of my deep breathing. Feeling more alive and having increased wellness (as well as being able to think more clearly!) is how I like to start my day.

Exercise is a wonderful time to really get to know your essential oils by smell. Search your essential oil stash and pick one or two a day to deeply inhale during your workout.

Here are my top four favorites for the slower paced exercise workouts:

Grounding

Grounding™ – “Is a relaxing and balancing blend of essential oils that provides a stabilizing influence.”

Valor

Valor® – “Its woodsy, positive scent comes from a blend of Black Spruce, Blue Tansy, Rosewood, and Frankincense. Its powerful yet calming scent is versatile enough that you can integrate it into your morning and bedtime routines and anywhere in between.”

Frankincense

Frankincense – “Has been sought after since ancient times. The complex aroma of this oil can elevate many aspects of your life. Frankincense essential oil has an earthy, uplifting aroma that’s perfect for grounding and spiritual connectedness. Create a safe and comforting environment when you diffuse or inhale this empowering oil—a perfect opportunity to collect your thoughts.”

Peace and Calming

Peace & Calming® – “Is a gentle, sweet blend of Ylang Ylang, Orange, Tangerine, Patchouli, and Blue Tansy. This fragrant oil is a wonderful addition to your meditation, evening routine, or playtime with the kids. With a comforting, fresh aroma, Peace & Calming oil creates a relaxing environment that’s especially great for homes with children.”

Try out these oils the next time you roll out your mat or are lifting weights. Or experiment with other essential oils and let us know your favorites!

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

Loving through the Realities of Daily Life

Peace and Calming

I have an amazing husband. Almost every single morning he makes a pan of eggs for our breakfast. He sets aside 15 precious minutes in the early morning for us to connect and talk before the hustle and bustle of work and children. He loves to talk, and he loves to listen…and not just listen, but he is really good about tuning in and thinking about what I am saying. He is a kind man. Have I mentioned that every night he reads bedtime stories to our Little Oilist and washes the dinner dishes? Yes, I have one amazing man.

I also have some amazing daughters. They are SO cute. Every morning they wake up happy to see me and want to cuddle. They have the cutest girly giggles. They love to dance to music. They have beautiful eyes – one with the brightest, biggest blue eyes and the other with the warmest framed brown eyes. I love looking into those eyes and kissing those chubby cheeks. Yes, I am one blessed mommy.

But you didn’t come here to hear me gush about Daddy Oilist.

Or Little Oilist or Baby Oilist.

And that is okay.

Though to be totally candid, on some occasions, we don’t feel all “gushy” about each other either. We are all humans and a work in progress. We love each other SO much and though we have never had any big disagreements, sometimes little, silly, daily issues can start to grind on us. Issues with leaving on time, forgetting to do what we committed to do, crabbiness and the like start to wear on those around us.

Peace and Calming

Here is where I let you on in my secret for changing my attitude to these common frustrations before they fester and become big problems:

Pick a time when there are no frustrations between you and your closest family members or those that you are in contact with the most. Make a cup of tea or go to a coffee shop; relax. Enjoy smelling some of your essential oils. While you are happy and peaceful create a list of 50 things you love about those people closest to you. If you can, write out that list with the loving mindset you had for that person on the day you married him or the day you birthed him. By writing quickly and with a loving heart, you will most likely get to 50 things before you know it.

Place your list(s) somewhere very safe where you won’t forget.

The next time there is a small conflict, issue or irritation, don’t say anything you might later regret. Instead pray, put on your chosen oil (smell deeply and RELAX) and read your list. Before you get through it, you will probably be smiling and have a much kinder, loving attitude toward that amazing person in your life.

I have found this to be so effective. I love dwelling day-to-day on the wonderful qualities of my husband and daughters. They are a blessing, and so are yours.

Peace and Calming

Here are some ideas for appropriate essential oil blends:

Forgiveness™ – “Contains a synergistic blend of soothing and uplifting essential oils that may enhance the ability to release hurtful memories and move beyond emotional barriers. The process of growth can only proceed when we have the ability to forgive and let go of negative emotions.”

Gratitude™ – “Is a soothing blend of therapeutic-grade essential oils designed to elevate the spirit, calm emotions, and bring relief to the body while helping to foster a grateful attitude.”

Common Sense™ – “Is a proprietary blend of Young Living essential oils formulated to enhance rational decision-making abilities leading to increased wellness, purpose, and abundance.”

Harmony™ – “Is an exquisite blend that promotes physical and emotional well-being by bringing harmonic balance to the energy centers of the body. The liberating, balancing, and calming essential oils in this blend open us to new possibilities while contributing to an overall feeling of well-being.

Peace & Calming® – “Is a gentle, sweet blend of Ylang Ylang, Orange, Tangerine, Patchouli, and Blue Tansy. This fragrant oil is a wonderful addition to your meditation, evening routine, or playtime with the kids. With a comforting, fresh aroma, Peace & Calming oil creates a relaxing environment that’s especially great for homes with children.”

Endoflex – Best Hiccup Cure

Best Hiccup Cure

It was a quiet, peaceful room. The curtains were drawn and all was quiet except the soft background music. My massage therapist friend was moving around my growing pregnant body massaging tight places.

Then without any warning, I started hiccuping. These were not just little hiccups, but were big, deep-in-your-belly-type hiccups. They continued truly messing with the serene atmosphere of the experience.

Not fazed, my friend said she had something to help me. I was expecting one of the home remedies that had never worked for me – a spoon of peanut butter, a taste of white sugar or doing something with my ears.

Best Hiccup Cure

She returned with a bottle of essential oil. I was intrigued as she began massaging a drop of Endoflex into my lower tummy. I waited for the next hiccup, but it never came. “That is a neat coincidence,” I thought.

Nonetheless, I ordered a bottle of Endoflex with my next order. I have had several occasions to apply it to my hiccuping Oilist family members, and it has worked every time!

Just this week as I was cuddling my Little Oilist to sleep, the big deep-in-your-belly hiccups started and began annoying her. “I need an oil!” she wailed. Within minutes after applying Endoflex, she was snuggled again in my arms with NO hiccups. A coincidence? After many times of seeing this work, I think not!

Best Hiccup Cure

Endoflex has a base of sesame seed oil and contains 6 essential oils – spearmint, sage, geranium, myrtle, nutmeg and German chamomile. I loved researching each of these 6 constituents. Here is a little that I learned about each:

Spearmint – “Is treasured for its unique minty flavor, as well as its ability to help calm tummies and support normal digestion as a dietary supplement. With naturally occurring menthol, carvone, and limonene, Spearmint Vitality essential oil can add a cooling effect to foods that is both pleasant and beneficial.”

Sage – “Has a spicy, herbaceous aroma. It has been recognized for its ability to strengthen the senses and vital centers of the body and to support metabolism. It is helpful for supporting the respiratory, reproductive, nervous, and other body systems.”

Geranium – “Has an uplifting, floral aroma and includes the naturally occurring constituents citronellol and geraniol.”

Myrtle – “Has a clear, fresh, herbaceous scent, similar to eucalyptus. Supportive of the respiratory system, skin, and hair, it has been researched for its effects on glandular imbalances and its soothing effects when inhaled.”

Nutmeg – “Has a sweet, warm, spicy scent similar to the spice commonly used in cooking. Comforting and soothing, nutmeg helps boost energy. It also supports nervous and endocrine systems and prostaglandin balance.”

German Chamomile – “Has been used to support the body’s natural response to irritation and injury. This oil contains chamazulene, a compound studied for its ability to help the body’s natural inflammatory response.”

Best Hiccup Cure

Endoflex is a wonderful addition to your essential oil collection!

Thieves Essential Reward Kit

Thieves ER Kit

If you’re like me, you’re probably curious about items before you order them. What does it smell and feel like? What does it look like? Does it work for others I know?

When I first received my Thieves Essential Rewards Kit, I felt like a child on Christmas morning. I excitedly opened the box, unscrewed the caps, and took long, deep breaths to savor the smells. I experimented over time with the countless ways to use the oils, and now I’m excited to share my brief review of the items in the Thieves Essential Rewards Kit.

If you have thought about ordering this kit or have wanted to learn more and experiment with the Thieves products, I hope this brief review will be helpful for you!

Thieves Essential Oil

Thieves Essential Oil Blend

I find the story behind the Thieves blend fascinating. Young Living created this blend based on research about the four thieves in France who covered themselves with oils to protect themselves from the highly contagious plague. The aromatically pleasing Thieves blend has clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary. I love this oil, and I go to Thieves first when I need something powerful and helpful.

Thieves Toothpaste

Thieves AromaBright Toothpaste

I have truly been impressed with this toothpaste. I’ve heard that some people don’t like it because it doesn’t have a strong minty taste, but I feel like it has helped the whiteness and brightness of my teeth. We like that it doesn’t stain our toothbrush bristles like some natural toothpastes do.

Thieves Household Cleaner

Thieves Household Cleaner

This can be used for everything! You can dilute this one cleaner concentrate to different strengths for different jobs. The bottle says how to dilute it if you want a window spray or a deep disinfectant. I love the simplicity and toughness of this product!

 Thieves Hand Sanitizer

Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier

This is the one product that we have used the least as I am firm believer in good, old-fashion hand washing. However, I find it nice to pass this around the car for a quick cleaning after we are done shopping. I also like to use this in addition to hand washing when we are around sickness.

Thieves Mouthwash

Thieves Mouthwash

My husband loves this stuff. After trying it for the first time, he told me that he never wants to run out of it. It is very strong and powerful. I find that I need to dilute it for my mouth.

Thieves Hand Soap

Thieves Foaming Hand Soap

This is the product we have used the most – many times each hour of the day. I love the natural, spicy smell and the fact that it is so cleansing. Though I wonder if I might want something different during the warmer months, right now I love it!

Thieves Spray

Thieves Spray

I love using this concentrated spray to clean our toothbrushes. I simply spray it on the bristles and rinse when we start not feeling well or when a little one drops their brush on the floor.

Thieves ER Kit