Essential Oils: How To Use Them

So you have your oils, and your shiny new diffuser, but beyond diffusing them and making your house smell delicious, you don’t use them for anything else. Ringing a bell anyone? That’s the jam I was in after I got my oils. I had no clue where to start using them first or more importantly, how to use them. Here are the 4 ways you can use your Young Living essential oils. Remember we are talking about therapeutic grade oils only, and I stand behind Young Living exclusively.essential oils around the home (3)essential oils (1)

There are 4 different ways to use your oils, and depending on what you want to use them for, you can determine which way you’d like you use them.

1. Diffuse: Every oil from Young Living can be used in your diffuser. Be weary of gooey-er oils like Valor, and Peace and Calming as they may leave a residue on your diffuser afterwards. But your diffuser will come with a handy dandy little sponge, perfect for wiping out the goo. Curious as to how the diffuser works? I know I was. The diffuser suspends oils into the air which helps to reduce fungi, bacteria, and mold, as well as neutralizes toxins in the air. When you diffuse your oils, your house will smell amazing because you are using these pure oils, in a clean fresh way. So you can go ahead and ditch all of those harmful, synthetic home air fresheners because they aren’t doing you any good. It is important to use a diffuser that does not use heat, as heat lessens the benefits of the oil. Young Living has a variety of diffusers but my favorite is the home diffuser that you get in your starter kit. That diffuser covers up to 1100 square feet! One thing I use my diffuser for every single day is running a calming, purifying, blend when the kids get home from school. For that I use orange, thieves, and lavender. Perfect witching hour combo.

2. Internal Consumption: Most oils can be ingested in either a vegetable capsule (you can order capsules from Young Living for cheap, or Amazon), by adding them to your drinking water, or dropped right onto the tongue. To be sure the oil you want to ingest is safe to do so, you can check the label on the back of your oil to find out. Here is an example: I had mastitis after Lucy was born and took vegetable capsules with 3 drops of oregano oil, and 3 drops of jojoba oil in them, 3 times a day, for 5 days straight. I have had mastitis a number of times and always end up having to go on an antibiotic and it takes days to feel better. The oregano oil had me feeling better within hours, which if you know how miserable it is to have mastitis, you know what a miracle that is. All of the praise for oregano oil.

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3. Direct Application: Every oil from Young Living can be applied topically, although some oils may need what is called a carrier oil. I know all you skeptics out there are thinking the idea of rubbing an oil on your skin for some type of health benefit seems far-fetch, but remember, your skin is your largest organ. You rub these lovelies on your skin and you will reap wonderful benefits.

A carrier oil just helps to dilute the essential oil just in case your skin may be sensitive to it, it does not lessen the effect of the oil. In fact sometimes I will add a carrier oil just because it makes the essential oil easier and smoother to rub on. To dilute the oils you can use V-6 oil, coconut oil, olive oil, or jojoba oil. Again, the label on the back of your oil will help you with the exact way to dilute. I haven’t had a problem applying any oils directly on to my skin but I almost always dilute them for the kids, especially if it is the first time using an oil on them.

Essential oils can also be added directly to bath water mixed with epsom salt, or massaged on topically. If an oil does cause irritation on your skin, be sure to soothe it with a carrier oil and not water. Oils do not like water. A great place to put your oils is on your feet because the pores on your feet are the largest on your entire body, and the oil will get in your system the fastest. A fun way to test this out  is to rub a piece of garlic on your foot and I kid you not, minutes later you will taste garlic in your mouth! God sure was thinking when he created our miraculous bodies!

4. Direct Inhalation: You can simply put a drop of essential oil into the palm of your hand, rub your palms together, cup them around your nose, and breathe deeply to inhale your oils. You can also just open up the bottle and let it sit on your desk or on the counter and be assured that the oils are getting into the air and into your body.

I hope this clears up some of the confusion about oils for everyone! I know it can be a bit overwhelming when you are just getting started. As always, I am here to help. Contact me anytime with any questions you may have. Really. I mean it. I love talking about oils, and I love getting e-mails. Have an oily day. Too far, I know.

If you need help ordering oils you can refer back to this post here. 

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Essential Oils: For The Home

Starting an exciting new series that will all about essential oils. First up I am going to share with you how I use them around my home. Here are a few of the ways we use Young Living essential oils to keep our home clean.

essential oils around the home (1)Laundry: I add 3 drops of Purification into each load of laundry I do, which is about 5 million a week, but we won’t go there. It makes my laundry smell really fresh and clean because ever since we switched to laundry detergent without chemicals in it, I have to say I miss my fake, chemicaly, smelling laundry. Purification really makes it smell fresh.essential oils around the home

Dishes: Ralph does the dishes all of the time, it’s my least favorite chore around the house and I think he hates it too but mostly I just have a dreamboat husband, so I can’t take credit for this tip. He puts 3 drops of thieves oil in the dishwater to sanitize with one pump of dish soap, and we just started putting a few drops in our dishwasher as well. Smells sooo good and adios ALL OF THE GERMS.

Cleaning spray: I make my own disinfectant/cleaning spray using theives essential oil and use it for all the kitchen countertops, bathrooms, wiping up the kitchen stools after the kids are done eating, doorknobs, and basically everything we touch. I use one drop of theives for every 1 ounce of water and half a pump of dish soap in a spray bottle. Add the oil first before the water so it mixes better and shake before each use. Prepare to have your house germ-free and smelling yummy!essential oils around the home (5)

Air Fresheners: Purification works really great to freshen up areas of the house and help with odors. I put 3 drops on a cotton ball and carefully hide it in an area that I want to stay fresh, like the bathroom.

Floors: I use this Hoover FloorMate to clean my floors. I fill up the water tank and add 5 drops of lemon, 5 drops of Thieves, 3 drops of peppermint, and 1/2 a pump of dish soap. You could make this solution right in a bucket to clean your floors as well.

As always, e-mail me with any questions or info about how to get yourself some oils! hannahholzmann [at] gmail [dot] com

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1 eating “Friday”(fried) eggs.

2 always together these two, and Rem, always twirling his hair.

3 a stinker playing with one of dad’s guitars.

4 a blurry photo of Lucy helping daddy and using her favorite sound bar stool.

5 Minecraft and Madden: that’s what we are constantly prying you away from these days…when you don’t have your nose in a book.

6 sneaking an ice cream cup like a boss.

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1. a bruised cheek from a sledding crash.

2.-4. every time I pull out the camera this girl puts on a show. Should I be worried?

5. he’s going to be 7 soon and he is so grown up.

6. a shirt that gets washed many times a week to keep up with this 4 year old’s demands.

 

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twenty fifteenThings I want to work on in 2015, writing them here for liability.

Say yes.

You know when you are in the middle of doing something utterly imperative, like organizing the craft closet, and your 3 year old comes up to you tugging on your sweatshirt, wanting you to play connect four with him for the 10th time that day? Or after bathing everyone, reading stories, saying prayers, and tucking everyone in, your 4 year old tiptoes in your room and asks to read just one more book. When all the toys are organized and straightened up, and your 3 year old wants to get out all of the tiny legos on the living room floor or even worse, moon dough. When it’s raining and muddy and the kids are begging to put on their rain boots and go outside, and all that comes to mind is the mess they will track in and extra laundry you will have. When your 6 year old asks to help fold the laundry and you know you could get it done so much faster and neater alone. I want to say yes to these things more often.

But it’s also ok to say no.

When I sit down to write out my calendar for the week it stresses me out when I have too many things on one day. I have been struggling to say no to things especially since Lucy was born. Last year I was at school volunteering and eating lunch with Jack at least once a week. Now it’s nearly impossible with Lucy. I feel so guilty sometimes and I want to remember that all my kids need is for me to love them and saying no is ok. I will try my best to make it to everything and be everywhere they want me to be, and believe me, I want to be there too, but missing a few things does not make me a terrible mother.

Be present

I am constantly striving to be more present and I feel that my phone is one of the many things that impairs me to do so. I use my phone for so many things during the day (most frequently for Lucy’s feeding schedule), it is so simple for me to do one quick swipe to check instagram, my email, or read twitter. I want to remind myself that what’s going on in front of me, and around me, right now, is more important and special than anything I will ever see on my phone.

Hey, you’re a good mom.

One of the moms at my M.O.P.S group gave a devotion that really spoke to me a few weeks back. She talked about this negative little voice that we are constantly hearing in our heads or even voicing outloud at times. You know the one that says…I can’t believe I didn’t get the laundry put away today, or all I did was yell at my kids today, or nothing planned for dinner yet again, or my floors haven’t been cleaned in a week. I find myself saying these things to my friends in a sarcastic way, but what is that saying about me? I may be just trying to get a laugh but deep down I am just speaking so negativley of myself. She asked us to write down one thing we do well on a little piece of paper. Not one person at my table could think of anything in the full 10 minutes she gave us. I noticed that all of the women kind of changed the subject and we all talked about something completely irrelevant, almost as if we were avoiding having to say one nice thing about ourselves. It made me so sad, because being a mom is SO hard and exhausting, and I want to take the time to pat myself on the back this year instead of making myself feel like I am constantly failing. I am a good mom. There, I said it.

Show gratitude.

God has given our family so much more than we should have, and I want to radiate gratitude everywhere I go in 2015. I am so very thankful for all that I have and I want our kids to continue to learn ways to show gratitude this year.

Get our the real camera.

This does not happen nearly enough. Often I am using my phone to take pictures when I have this beautiful, fancy camera at my fingertips. I decided to stop doing an individual photo album for each of the kids, for every year, because so much work. So I have decided to try and post photos of the kids, every week for the entire year. In theory, when they all move out (all of the tears…) (but also, so many vacations and margaritas!), I can just give them a link to my blog and call it a day. HA. You scrapbooking suckers are doing it all wrong. No no no, I kid. There is certainly something to be said about printing your pictures and I will continue to do that, but the kids will have to fight over the albums when the time comes because I ain’t doing 4 of everything players. Anyway, here is the first week!

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3. 8 month old Lucille

4. Jack practicing for his first reading at mass before school

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