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Around Our Home with YL Frankincense E.O.

Frankincense Revised

Many have asked me how we use our frankincense essential oil around the home and so I compiled a list to share with you.

BEAUTY CREAM/WRINKLE REDUCER: One of the wonderful ways to use frankincense on the skin is to heat enough coconut oil to fill a small glass container with.  Once it’s melted, I pour into the container, let it sit to cool down a little bit and than add frankincense to it.  I fasten the lid and give it a good couple of shakes to disperse the oil throughout, and than will place in the refrigerator to cool and solidify.  I love to massage into my skin at  bedtime, it smells wonderful.

DUSTING POWDER: With all the reports about the questionable use of talcum powder, I followed this recipe to  make my own. It’s economical, customizable, and easy! Package it in a cute tin, inside a sealed bag, or in a fancy salt shaker with a bow, and it makes a great homemade gift!

BODY SCRUB: I LOVE body scrubs! It doesn’t matter what time of the year it is.  And what I love even more is being able to make my own.  It allows me to change the scents and receive the awesome added benefits of whichever essential oil I choose.  Frankincense with a hint of orange makes for a mysterious, exotic scent that is perfect during an evening bath/shower.

Sugar scrubs work very well in helping to rid the body of dead skin cells by speeding up the exfoliation process.  Thus exposing new, glowing, healthier skin. I like to make mine with sugar and olive oil in a glass container.  I usually use about 5 drops of each oil, or 10-15 drops of a single essential oil.

CHEST RUB/COUGH/CONGESTION: I have read that frankincense is amazing at breaking up congestion and so during cold/flu season I will make a chest rub using coconut oil and frankincense and store in a cool, dark place so that it’s ready to grab when in need.

COLD/FLU/IMMUNE SYSTEM: Frankincense is a wonderful immune booster. Diffusing throughout the day, or applying to the bottoms of feet can help strengthen the immune system and support it during times of cold and flu. Young Living also carries the resin that can be emitted into the air using a resin burner.

MENTAL CLARITY/FOCUS/MEDITATION: frankincense can help with concentration and improve mental performance at work or school. I like to apply to the bottoms of the feet, or  inhale by placing a couple drops in my  hand and breathing in deeply.  It can also be applied to the base of the neck (top of spine) to help increase focus.

DEPRESSED MOOD: Frankincense is mild and soothing in its aroma and when diffused can uplift the spirit and elevate the mood, pulling me out of a funk.

SKIN WOUNDS/BLISTERS/SORES: I apply frankincense directly to a wound, blister or sore to help prevent infection and to help increase effective healing.

SCARS: Old scars from acne or stretch marks from rapid weight gain/loss or child bearing…I like to rub frankincense oil into the skin area, gently massaging and breaking up scar tissue. It helps result in the quicker fading of the scars.

SKIN TAGS/WARTS: This takes a little patience and time but is so worth it.  I had a skin tag that I began applying frankincense to, and in about two weeks, I noticed it had fallen off and was gone!  I also had an ugly, brown patchy mole along my hairline by my temple that I began applying frankincense to, and over some time it began to flake off and disappear.

COOKING: After speaking of skin tags and warts, I’m sure the thought of food is at the bottom of your list right now, lol…however, I do have a recipe for some Frankincense Ice Cream should your appetite return and you would like to try a cool, refreshing, mysterious treat. :D

 

So there you have it, just a few ways that we use Young Living’s frankincense essential oil around our home. There are many other uses for using frankincense and these are just a few ways.  I would love to hear how you incorporate it into your daily life so please leave a comment sharing your favorite use for frankincense essential oil. 

 


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Around Our Home with YL Lavender E.O.

Lavender Revised

Following the series of “Around Our Home,” I’d like to share with you how we use Young Living’s Lavender essential oil.

CALMING/RELAXATION/SLEEP: Lavender is such a calming essential oil.  I love to mix with a little water in a spray bottle and spritz on bedding and pillows to help with sleep at night.  I’ve seen it at work in a family member who was experiencing anxiety as well.  We reached for the lavender and applied to the back of neck and inside of forearms and saw the effects of how peaceful and relaxing this person became. Another one of my favorite ways to use lavender for calming and relaxation is in the bath. This homemade bath fizzy recipe is one we all enjoy and when taken in the evening can help with a good night’s sleep. Speaking of good night’s sleep, this essential oil is also one we use when having trouble sleeping.  We like to apply to the bottoms of our feet on nights that we seem to have a little trouble unwinding.  It helps calm us down so that we can relax and fall into a restful sleep.

RASHES: When we’ve experienced rashes in our home, we’ve reached for lavender.  We are aware of it’s gentle, yet powerful abilities to soothe and calm skin irritations. When in doubt, we reach for the “Swiss Army Knife” of essential oils aka Lavender.

ITCHING EYES/ALLERGIES: I have suffered with allergies for as long as I can remember.  I relied on OTC medications to help me through the seasonal changes and yet they left me feeling groggy, tired, irritable, and shaky at times.  Ever since I learned about lavender and it’s benefits in regards to allergies I have carried a bottle in my purse. Here are a few posts I have shared in regards to our personal experiences with Young Living’s lavender and allergies.

INSECT REPELLENT: We have applied lavender straight to the backs of our necks and around our ankles when out in the evening and the mosquitoes  are out. On night’s when I’m prepared, I will make a spray with water and a few drops of lavender essential oil to spray on and around us to keep insects at bay.

SUNBURNS/BLISTERS: Lavender essential oil is soothing and healing to the skin.  When I pair it with aloe vera or coconut oil and apply to a sunburn or blister, it calms the area and can help prevent scarring. Here is a sunburn recipe that I like to make.

STRESS: Stressful days can get the best of us, but when we are prepared and have lavender on hand, it can help with handling situations a little easier.  Simply breathing it in directly from the bottle can do a world of wonders, or applying to the hands, cupping over the nose and inhaling works well too.  Applying to the back of my neck and shoulders helps to ease tension that builds up when handling stress and I LOVE diffusing lavender throughout the day on days that I just need a little extra “help” with managing. Lavender is also wonderful when the kids are fussy and cranky.  After all, we all have rough days.

SWELLING/BUMP & BRUISES: Lavender contains properties that can be beneficial to bringing down swelling.  I love to use it on tired feet, or around my ankles if being on the road for a long period of time and my ankles swell up.  It’s also one that we like to apply to “ouchie’s” when  the kids have bumps and bruises from everyday play.

MENSTRUAL CRAMPS: Oh what sweet relief! I had read that lavender could be beneficial during menstruation when experiencing cramps and so decided to try it the next time my cycle occurred.  I applied it to the lower abdomen and gently stroked it downward from my lower abdomen, down the front of my thighs.  I also applied a little to my lower back.  Did I mention that it was sweet relief? Yes, I believe I did. :)

COOKING: Lavender is a member of the mint family and is close to rosemary, sage and thyme.  When using the actual Lavender plant, the leaves and flowers can be used fresh and the buds and stems can be used dried.  Lavender essential oil is a way to get the best use from the plant through the distilled process of retrieving the oil.  It is best used with fennel, oregano, rosemary, thyme, sage and savory. For some recipes using lavender, click here.

CLEANING: Lavender contains some bacteria busting properties and is one of many essential oils that can be beneficial when cleaning the home. (Makes it smell nice too! SCORE!)  Here are some homemade household cleaning ideas for your lavender essential oil.

CRAFTS/GIFTS: Scented Sachets, Heartfelt Bath Treats, Homemade Playdough

There are many other uses for using lavender essential oil around the home, this is just a few ways that we use it in ours.  I would love to hear how you incorporate it into your daily life so please leave a comment sharing your favorite use for lavender essential oil. 


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Bee Sting Relief

Bee Sting

Our son was stung over the weekend while riding his bicycle.  It was on his upper right leg, under his shorts.  Poor guy was in such pain. We applied essential oils immediately to the area, followed with an ice pack.  My oils of choice were Purification and Peppermint.  Purification has been documented to neutralize the poison of an insect sting and Peppermint was chosen for its cooling abilities and to help drive the Purification in a little faster.

Because his bee stings were in an area that he couldn’t see, I took pictures over the course of time to show him our progress.  We were very pleased with the results and wanted to share them with you.

I applied the essential oils about every 20 minutes, followed with an ice pack.  You can see our progress in the images above.

Insect stings aren’t any fun. And for little ones it can extremely painful. Not only that but it hurts us as parents to see them in pain.  Essential oils can help bring relief in such a short amount of time, which means smiles for everyone. :-)

Soothing Sunburn Spray


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Soothing Sunburn Spray

Soothing Sunburn Spray

It’s summertime, and surely I am not the only person who has discovered they have spent a little too long out in the sun.  Whether it be gardening, swimming at the pool or lake, or falling asleep sunbathing. But I know when I’ve been out in it just a little too long.  The pink or reddening of my skin, the heat rising to the surface, the dehydrated feeling and so on….

This recipe feels wonderful on those areas, especially when made in advance and stored in the refrigerator.  Ahhhhhh!  Sweet comfort!

I have found that lavender alone is amazing on the skin, but love the addition of peppermint to help calm the “heat” down a little.  And aloe vera is a staple in my father-in-law’s home, so we’ve been introduced to this time and time again in regards to its many benefits.

The combination of all three along with vitamin E is perfect for those “out in the sun too long” moments.

 


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Around Our Home with YL Lemon E.O.

Lemon

Many have asked me how we use our lemon essential oil around the home and so I compiled a list to share with you.

Skin Brightener/Wrinkle Reducer: I am absolutely amazed by the compliments I receive when out and about on how beautiful my skin is, and these are on days that I am not wearing any make-up, so it blows my mind with every compliment.  It’s a fantastic way to share about Young Living’s essential oils, although the majority of the time I forget and my husband nudges me with a, “Why didn’t you tell her about Young Living?”

Not only was my complexion carrying more of a glow, I noticed that laugh lines and forehead lines were smoothing out and eventually they went away. My favorite way to use it is simply a little coconut oil in the palm of my hand with 1 drop of lemon essential oil and than massage into my skin.  For more recipes click here.

NOTE: Lemon essential oil, as with any citrus essential oil, is considered to be “photosensitive.”  If you decide to try this please note that you need about 12 hours from the time you’ve applied to the time you plan to be outside.  I use as a nighttime regimen.

Water purifier & Flavored Drinks: I love to take a bottle of lemon with me to restaurants.  When the server brings out our glasses of water, we all add a drop or 2 of lemon to help purify our water. Plus it tastes great! You can read more about water purification and essential oils here.

Liver Cleanser: I have read in many different publications from the internet to published articles in books and magazines about the benefits of lemon in the water upon waking in the morning, how it jumpstarts the system and cleanses the liver. So we love a drop of lemon in a glass of water, first thing in the morning.  It is such a refreshing treat after a long night’s sleep.

Varicose Veins: One thing I have noticed upon drinking lemon essential oil in my water is that I no longer have large, bulging veins on the back of my left leg.  I had them surgically removed several years ago and knew it was a temporary fix but wasn’t expecting them to return even uglier and more painful than before. It wasn’t until I had forgotten to put lemon e.o. in my water for a few days that I realized the difference it had made.  The throbbing was returning. Once I added the lemon back in, the throbbing went away again.  This alone is a reason for me to continue with my lemon essential oil.

Mood Booster: There is something truly uplifting about citrus scents and a little bit can make such a tremendous difference when we are cranky and out of sorts. Especially with kids.  I love to pass the bottle of lemon around for us to simply breathe in.  Sometimes I’ll put a drop in our palms, rub together, and than we all breathe in at the same time.  It’s fun, the kids enjoy it, and it brings an instant smile.  Lemon in our diffuser is a fantastic way to keep the mood upbeat throughout the day.

Congestion & Sore Throat: In the fall/winter months, I make a homemade cough syrup that can be taken by the spoonful for sore throats and coughs, or stirred into a cup of tea and sipped on slowly. You can get the recipe here.

Weight Loss:  The Reference Guide For Essential Oils says to put 5 drops of lemon and 5 drops of grapefruit in 1 gallon of water, and  drink throughout the day.  It tastes very refreshing.

Heartburn/Acid Reflux: My husband has gone through a couple of bouts with this off and on.  Sometimes it would wake him out of his sleep, other times it would catch him off guard during the day. He would take a drop of lemon with a glass of water and feel relief within minutes. Thankfully he has not had any more since we’ve begun using lemon essential oil.

Air Purifier: I love diffusing lemon in our diffuser, not only is it an excellent mood booster, it also helps to get rid of any airborne germs and odors.

Cooking: I have shared several recipes using YL’s Lemon essential oil, you can view them here.

Cleaning: See how I incorporate lemon essential oil into my housecleaning routine with the following recipes here. Also see how I use it to clean fresh produce and make furniture polish

There are many other uses for using lemon essential oil around the home, this is just a few ways that we use it in ours.  I would love to hear how you incorporate it into your daily life so please leave a comment sharing your favorite use for Lemon essential oil. 

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