Lavender Essential Oil

If you are brand new to essential oils, I highly recommend you start with Lavender.  It is by far one of the most popular oils on the market, and is definitely in the top 30 at Young Living.  It is also very versatile, which is why its been dubbed the “Swiss-Army Knife” of essential oils.    The first time I smelled lavender was several years ago in an air freshener for my car.  I did not care for the scent at all.  However,  pure lavender oil has a wonderful fresh, clean and floral scent that is also calming to the mind, body and spirit.

Young Living grows lavender on three of their farms located in Utah, Idaho and France.   The oil is distilled from the floral part of the lavender plants.  It takes roughly 27 sqft of distilled lavender to yield one 15ml bottle of essential oil.

Lavender has been used for at least 2500 years and is believed to originate from the Middle East and India. It was used by the Romans to scent bedding, clothing, baths and even their hair.   Botanists of the era praised lavender for its many qualities and uses.

Some of my favorite uses of lavender include:

  • After Sun Care
  • Over my heart, or in a diffuser to fight feelings of nervous tension. I like to add Frankincense Essential Oil for an added boost.
  • Add a drop in my daily moisturizer for skin support.
  • DIY Sugar Scrub using Lavender Essential oil, sugar and coconut oil.
  • Make the car ride more enjoyable with littles in the back seat by adding a few drops onto a cotton ball, clothes pin (with a felt pad) or tissue and place it inside of the air vents.
  • Add 2 drops into your tube of mascara to promote healthy lashes.
  • Rub a drop over the bridge of your nose and just above your eyebrows for happy eyes and nasal passage.

 

Blends well with: (Pretty much anything, but here is a smaller list.)

  • Cedarwood
  • Citronella
  • Cypress
  • Bergamot
  • Frankincense
  • Orange
  • Patchouli
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Vetiver

 

 

 

 

 

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Fort Nelson, British Columbia Farm

What is grown here:

Black Spruce is primarily grown on this farm. However, Yarrow and Ledum are also grown here and are native to this area.

This is a relatively new farm as Young Living has only had possession of it since 2014.  They spent what I would assume, months if not years, researching and scouting for new farmland for Black Spruce Trees.  This particular piece of land was chosen because it was mostly untouched by humans and was completely free of any chemical pesticides and fertilizers.  Young Living is all about sustainability and preserving the land as nature intended.  Rather than compromise their Seed to Seal promise, by using  a different species of Black Spruce or trees that may have been sprayed with chemicals, they opted to loose sales instead.  The purity of the oils start at the farm.

Young Living worked on the distillery and establishing their farm right away. The first successful batch of Black Spruce essential oil was distilled on March 9, 2015.    Having distilleries on site like this allows Young Living to verify the oils purity from start to finish.  The farm opened to the public in August 2016.  As with any of their farms, you are able to visit at any time. You are even able to assist with harvesting the trees during February and March!

Okay, now lets talk about why Northern Lights Black Spruce is so amazing!

The oil reflects the character of the trees, which are very resilient and deeply rooted.  It provides strength and grounding to those who use it.  When diffused it will create a fresh aromatic atmosphere.

It will support dry skin, or help maintain the appearance of healthy – looking skin.

You may also apply it topically on your feet, spine, neck or with carrier oil as a massage.

“Many Native Americans call me ‘Black Spruce of the Northern Lights’ because during the aurora borealis, my branches touch the dancing colours in the sky, intertwining Mother Earth’s strength with the mysteries of the heavens”.

 

DIY Foaming Hand Soap

One of the many ingredients I have “switched and ditched” is hand soap.  Many soaps from the store contain an ingredient “fragrance.”  I never though much about this previously, but fragrance is a way for companies to sneak in any one of 3,000 products that have not been tested for their affects on humans.  That’s pretty scary, if you really think about it.  A lot of the “fragrant” chemicals are known to cause respiratory problems, cancer, they attack our nervous system, they can cause dehydration and more.   We need to be empowered to make choices that are positive for our family.

About a year ago, I started making my own foaming hand soap.  We have three bottles: One in each of the bathrooms and one in the kitchen.  It’s very cost efficient, quick and easy.

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Foaming Hand Soap

Items needed:

You can buy Dr. Bronner’s Castile Liquid Soap at most natural health stores.  However, I get mine off of Amazon because the price is the same regardless of where I buy it, and I am rarely close by the natural health store in my day to day errands…convenience, my friends.

You can use any foaming soap pump dispenser.  I bought a three pack and use one at each sink as stated above.

Directions:

Put about an inch of soap in the bottom of your bottle.  For your measurey people out there, it’s not an exact science. If you have a bigger bottle, then you may want to add more soap:

 

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Add in your Essential oils. I added 15 drops of Thieves Essential Oil to boost cleaning properties.   You may prefer more or less than that. Put in as much as you feel comfortable. You can always add more in later.

Other Essential oil ideas:

  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Peppermint
  • Clove
  • Joy and Orange
  • Northern Lights Black Spruce and Sacred Mountain
  • Stress Away and Lime
  • Northern Lights Black Spruce and Orange
  • Grapefruit and Peppermint

 

Add a squart of Vitamin E oil.  Vitamin E is a very moisturizing oil. I have found when I use it, my hands aren’t as dry.   Fill the rest of the bottle with water.  Make sure to leave enough room at the top for the foaming dispenser, otherwise you may find yourself with a mess when you put the lid on.  If you go through soap like crazy, like my family does, you can use regular tap water.  However, if you think it may take more than a month or two to go through the bottle of soap, I would recommend using distilled water instead of tap or filtered water.

What essential oils do you like putting in your soap?  Leave me a comment!

 

 

Indoor Air Quality

 

Image by: Meagan Wolter

Did you know the fumes that enter your home when you burn a scented candle for 1 hour is equivalent to smoking a cigarette?    In the last several years, scientific evidence has indicated the air pollution in our homes is worse than the air outside, in even the largest cities.  Since most of us spend the majority of our days inside with the windows closed, this is a great health risk to us.

To help improve our health and the quality of the air we’re breathing all day, we got rid of all candles, Fabreeze, Glade sprays, Air Wicks, etc.  Anything chemical based that was created to make our home smell “better” was the first to go!

Fun fact: Did you know diffusing Essential Oils can cleanse and purify the air in your home from all sorts of gross smells?  As the diffuser disperses the essential oil particles throughout the room very quickly, the particles can increase the air quality you and your little ones are breathing!

One of my favorite diffuser blends is a trio of Lavender, Lemon & Peppermint! This gives a refreshing & revitalizing scent without the toxins. This means we are breathing pure freshly scented air without any toxic annoyances.

If you want to know more about about Indoor Air Quality, you can check out EPA’s website here.

Peeps Diffuser Recipe

Perhaps a little late to the game, but for those of you Easter fanatics out there, you’ll want to diffuse this non-stop!  The  individual oils in this blend are uplifting, calming and happy.  When diffused together, you can’t not get into the Easter or early spring season spirit.  Enjoy!Peeps Diffuser Recipe

What are Essential Oils?

So you’ve heard all the hype about Essential Oils and aren’t sure what they are or why they matter.

Essential oils are the aromatic, volatile liquids distilled from plants.  The oil can be obtained from the roots, seeds, shrubs, leaves, and flowers.  They bring natural health and healing to your body.   When you pick a leaf or blades of grass and proceed rub it between your fingers, the plant leaves behind its oils!  These oils protect them from certain predators that may do them harm.  They are also able to attract certain insects for pollination.  #savethebees

Even though the hype about essential oils may feel very sudden, they were mankind’s first means of wellness.  They are mentioned all throughout Scripture. The three Wise-men brought Frankincense and Myrrh to baby Jesus, right?

So why do they matter?  They are very complex and consist of hundreds of different and unique chemical compounds. They are able to reach every part of our bodies on a cellular level!  Within minutes of just inhaling or applying an oil, it can be found within every organ in our body!! How cool is that?!

Do you know what our Limbic System is and what it does? It’s a nerve and network system located near the thalamus in our brain.  It controls things like our basic emotions, behavior, memory, and motivation.  Every time I smell Almond-Cherry Soap it reminds me of pre-school, because that’s the type of soap they used.  That’s my Limbic system at work associating the smell with older memories.   When we smell or use essential oils, its fragrance and chemical compounds are able to help us relax and clear our mind, as well as release emotional trauma.

Young Living Therapeutic grade oils do the below:

  • Reach every cell in your body within 20 minutes
  • Eliminate toxins in your body
  • Regenerate DNA
  • Have the capability of passing the blood-brain barrier
  • Work on emotions via the limbic system of your brain when inhaled
  • Release emotional trauma, relax and clear the mind
  • Transport nutrients to starving human cells
  • Act as powerful antioxidants
  • Remove toxins in the air
  • increase ozone and negative ions

As I mentioned before, the essential oils from Young Living are able to be diffused, topically applied, or even ingested (vitality line only).  We use them for everything! They are in our medicine cabinet, on our bedside tables, in our kitchen, bathroom, backpacks and even in our cars.  We use them for everything in our home.  Keep following my blog for recipes and to learn more what these bottles of plant juice can do for you!