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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.

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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!

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Mommy Oilist Does Whole30

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Favorite Infant Immune Supporting Blend

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My Baby Oilist has her mouth on everything. She tastes toys, books, and alas, crumbs almost every day, and not to mention her own little digits that touch everything.

Good habits of cleaning and hygiene are the most important factors in keeping your babies and homes well.

But when my baby’s immune system need support, I turn to my trusty and favorite Baby Immune Supporting Essential Oil Blend.

I combined some of my favorite essential oils that are gentle, yet are still super powerful and effective. Balsam Fir, Lavender, Roman Chamomile and Orange work together to support excellent immune function.

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As with all things you apply or give to your children, do your research and use your best judgment on what your child needs.

Here is the exact recipe that I use for my littlest Oilists – from babyhood to two years old. I use equal parts of this essential oil blend and a carrier oil on my one-year-old. I would dilute this more for a younger baby or less for an older toddler. Feel free to dilute this recipe more or less depending on the age of your child and your needs.

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Favorite Infant Immune-Supporting Blend

25 drops Balsam Fir Essential Oil

15 drops Orange Essential Oil*

20 drops Lavender Essential Oil

10 drops Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

70 drops V-6 Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex

I combine all these drops in an empty Lavender essential oil bottle with a roller ball top. This makes it easy and tidy to apply.

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I roll this recipe on the feet, the chest and back several times a day when my Baby Oilist needs it.

I hope this blend blesses your babies as much as it has mine!

*With a supported, healthy immune system, Baby Oilist enjoyed some sunshine during this photo shoot. Be aware though that Orange essential oil, like all citrus oils, can cause photosensitivity, so avoid applying it to exposed skin before spending time out in the sun.

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Using Lavender Essential Oil in Labor

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The one thing that was very normal about my labor with my first little Oilist was that it was exciting in the beginning and exhausting at the end. As I began to prepare for the pushing stage of labor, I began feeling weak and short of breath.

My midwife rummaged through my hospital bag in search of something to help me relax. What she pulled out didn’t surprised me. She opened my bottle of lavender essential oil and had me take deep breaths of it in between contractions. It made such a difference as I was better able to relax and let my body do its work.

Soon I wasn’t the only one taking belly breaths of lavender. Those dear middle-of-the-night delivery nurses were also taking turns smelling…as well as my midwife…as well as her assistant…as well as my husband.

Just before 1am my little girl was finally born. All the work, all the pain and all the concern was behind me and I could just cuddle my new baby – a baby, who was born into an excited and relaxed room which smelled to me like a blossoming field of lavender.

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That is how I used my lavender essential oil during labor and delivery. Here are some other ways to consider using lavender essential oil during birth:

  • Heat a crockpot and fill with water, 15-20 drops of lavender essential oil and a dozen washcloths. Have your coach keep a steady stream of warm, wrung out wash cloths coming to place over you tummy during contractions. Sometimes this damp heat along with the calming benefits of lavender can help a laboring mother tremendously…especially during transition.
  • Have coach rub diluted lavender essential oil into aching lower back
  • Massage sore, tired legs with lavender oil
  • After birth, mist lavender bed spray (recipe coming soon!) on the blankets or sheets to make for a peaceful sleep for mommy and baby (test fabric first).