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Intuitive Blending: Making Your Own Personal Essential Oil Blend

Written by Pam Paulick

Have you ever opened an oil bottle and felt like that blend was made specifically for you?  Like you wanted to jump right into the bottle and live in it forever?  I know this has happened to me, but I’m also amazed that my “jump in the bottle” oils change over time.  Sometimes I open an oil that I haven’t in a while and think oh my goodness has it ALWAYS smelled this good?!?!?  Our needs are constantly changing based on whichever layers we happen to be peeling back at the time – spiritual, emotional, or physical.  Believe it or not, you know best what you need, so when your nose says dive in, go for it!

There is a hugely intuitive element to using essential oils!  If you’ve been oiling for any length of time at all, you’ve probably already discovered this.  Every body is different, so each oil will affect each body a little differently.  If you ask five different people which is their favorite oil to diffuse at bedtime, for example, you may get five different answers.  Tuning into your body will go a long way in helping you use your oils to the fullest, and finding what works for you.

I recently learned of a method suggested by Gary Young for how to make your own personal essential oil blend using your intuition.  You’ll be able to make a blend just for you, based on what you need at the time, with whatever oils you have on hand.  This process could be used to choose oils for just about any purpose.

Before you start, you will need to grab a pad of paper, a pen, and a small empty dark glass bottle for your new blend to live in (like a 5/8 dram, an empty 5 ml bottle, or a tiny dropper bottle).  Find a quiet place and time to do this, as you’ll need to be able to be still and listen (in other words, nap time or after the kids are in bed for the night).

16058775552_a005920cc5_oIt’s time to round up your oils.  For me, I think that’s the most overwhelming part of this whole process, since I have oils stations all over my house.  You only need one bottle of each kind, so no need to grab all 4 of your lemon oil bottles.  Don’t worry if you miss a few either.  Just assume you missed them because they weren’t needed for this particular blend.  However, if at any time during the subsequent steps of this process you get this persistent nagging feeling that your Sensation oil is calling you from it’s forgotten place in your nightstand, pay attention!  That’s your intuition trying to tell you that this oil needs to be included, so go and grab it.

Next, line ’em up – in no particular order.  You want them in somewhat of a row so you can work your way from one to the next with your eyes closed, but you don’t need to know what they are.  Actually it’s probably better if you face the labels away from you!

Now the fun begins!  Starting at one end of your row of oils, close your eyes.  Forget about which oil you’re picking up, and just focus on listening.  Pick up the first oil with both hands, and hold it close to your heart.  Do you hear/feel a “yes” or a “no” about this particular oil?  It doesn’t matter which oil it is, you’re just listening for a “yes/no”.  If it’s a “yes” put it back down on the counter in front of your row of oils.  If it’s a “no”, put it toward the back of the counter behind the row of oils.  Move on to the next oil and repeat.  Keep your eyes closed throughout this entire process.

After you’ve sorted all the oils into a “yes” row and a “no” row, grab your paper and pen and go back to your first “yes” oil.  Once again close your eyes, pick it up with both hands, and bring it to your heart.  This time, you are trying to find out how much of each oil will go into your blend.  You are listening for a number, and this will be the number of drops of this oil you will eventually add to your blend.  Jot this number down on your paper.  Again, no need to pay attention to which oil it is at this point.  Just jot the numbers down in order and move along down the row so you don’t disrupt your groove.

Once you’re finished jotting down numbers for each “yes” oil, it’s time to blend!  Just go down the row and add your determined amount of each “yes” oil.  Now you can also add the oil name to your list of numbers in case you fall in love and want to recreate the blend later.  You can always add a roller or dilute with olive oil or V6 if you feel called to do so.  There are no rules here!

On a day to day basis, I generally apply oils when I get out of the shower in the morning.  I spend a little time choosing them intuitively, just by closing my eyes and being intentional about listening.  Inevitably, oil names pop into my head and I go with it.  This is a much more simplified version when you aren’t looking to make a blend, but just for what to apply.  During this time my focus is more on the spiritual and emotional aspects, and those are almost always the type of oils and blends that come up.

It takes a little while to feel confident (and not awkward) with a process like this, because it’s so different from what we are used to.  In our society, we’re used to letting people telling us what’s good for us, but who knows you better than you?  Follow your instincts.  You’re listening to that still, small voice, and it won’t guide you wrong.

 

For more information or to order the Young Living products mentioned in this post please contact the Scentsible Oiler who referred you to this page or contact our team using the form below: 

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Natural Dish Detergent: Thieves Dish Soap

Written By Pam Paulick

You’ve been wondering about the new Thieves Dish Soap, right?  “Hmmm, I’d like to order it, but does it actually work?  No I mean does it REALLY work?  I’ve tried other natural dish soaps before, so I’m skeptical.”

Well, seeing as my dishwasher has been broken for almost 3 wks now (the frustrations of dealing with it requiring massive amounts of Stress Away Essential Oil, another story by itself), I’ve had a really good chance to give the new dish soap a solid test run, and I’m happy to share my results.

We use our dishwasher daily.  Between the sheer number of dishes our family of 4 goes through, to the sanitizing requirements of baby bottles and the Mason jars used to transport milk directly from the dairy farm to our fridge, it’s a necessity.  Stuff needs to be sparkling clean around here!  You can imagine my distress when my right hand man, the dishwasher, decided to take a leave of absence.  20461885435_79cb48c7cc_o

Enter Thieves Dish Soap.  Wouldn’t you know that this little bottle of wonder flew in with it’s SuperSoap cape flying in the wind and landed on my doorstep the same weekend the dishwasher  stopped working.  It’s almost as if the timing of the dishwasher’s demise was by design, not default.  When you have to wash EVERY dish by hand, you need a super hero soap!

So, have my dishes been sanitized-in-the-dishwasher clean?  Do they sparkle and shine like a new car on a sunny day?  Yep, you bet!  What I’ve found is that this natural soap, unlike other naturals I’ve used before, doesn’t leave behind a greasy residue, nor does it require tons of extra scrubbing power.  The dishes come out clean and clear.

I would compare it to the working power of regular dish soap, minus the massive suds.  While this soap makes lots of suds initially, the suds don’t hang around forever.  This seems to be a tough sell for some, but in reality, it’s a trade off you make when you want natural.  Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfates are the chemicals in dish soaps that make them sudsy, and they’re chemicals many are trying to avoid.  If you want more suds, you can always add more soap, although it’s certainly not necessary.  This stuff works just like the concentrated soaps – a little goes a really long way – which also makes it an economical choice!  Save even more money on this product by ordering it as a wholesale member through the Essential Rewards program. 

In addition to being free of SLS/SLES, Thieves Dish Soap ingredient list also leaves out any dyes, formaldehyde, phosphates and synthetic perfumes, which are common ingredients in your typical dish soap.  People are becoming increasingly aware of what can happen when we are repeatedly exposed to these chemicals over long periods of time, and more and more are trying to avoid them altogether in their household products.

Plus, after 3 weeks of washing dishes by hand, I cannot overlook the benefit of enjoying aromatherapy while I wash my dishes.  With a combination of Jade Lemon, Bergamot, Clove, Lemon, Eucalyptus, Cinnamon and Rosemary essential oils, it smells amazing!  You can enjoy the smell of “clean” without the headache-inducing artificial fragrances and harsh chemicals.

My review:  Thieves Dish Soap is an incredibly effective product with the added benefit of being completely safe for my family!

For more information or to order the Young Living products mentioned in this post please contact the Scentsible Oiler who referred you to this page or contact our team using the form below: 

Detox Your Armpits?!?!

Written by Brandy Keysor

A few weeks ago at the Scentible Oilers Social, we had a make and take station for all natural deodorant (recipe at the bottom of the page).  I was at another make and take station, and I was talking and listening to all the chatter.  One thing I heard was that most people love the natural deodorant, but there was a side note that I heard repeated often.  When you are new to using natural products and you switch from a traditional antiperspirant  to an all natural deodorant, there is an adjustment period where most of us feel very self conscious.  We tend to be extremely aware of every drop of sweat we produce and we fear the ultimate humiliation of “stinking” and if we are active at our jobs at all, it can be difficult to stick with the new product while our bodies are trying to normalize and get rid of toxic stuff.

I remember when I switched over to a natural deodorant, I was very self conscious.  I am a dog groomer and so I don’t sit at a computer all day, I wrestle dogs and cats in the tub, on the table etc.  I sweat, a lot, especially in the summer.  About a month into my journey though, I was caught off guard when I noticed half way through my day that I had forgotten to put deodorant on that morning.  I stopped dead and slowly looked around to see if my coworker had noticed.  I realized two things at that point.  First, even though I had been rushing around all morning, I wasn’t drenched in sweat.  Second, I could hardly detect an odor even putting my nose as close to my armpit as I could reach.  I have always considered myself to have heavy perspiration and in fact, when I was in high school, I used those prescription strength antiperspirants.

I was able to “work” through my adjustment period with natural deodorant this last time, but I had tried a couple of times before and gave up because I was so self conscious of my under arm wetness and odor.  It helps to have a great deodorant recipe, but if you still have trouble, I found a great article on taking steps to “detox” your armpits and actually decrease the adjustment period for natural deodorant on www.Wellnessmama.com.  I enjoy following her blog and she has some great tips for adjusting to a natural deodorant that I thought I would mention.

 

  1. If wetness and odor are a big concern, mix ¼ Apple Cider Vinegar with ¾ distilled (or boiled) water in a spray bottle and mist your armpits before you apply your deodorant. Let it dry, and then apply your deodorant. This will help to kill any bacteria in your pits and will help you to stay dryer longer.  In the beginning of my deodorant journey, I would spray my pits in the morning and apply my deodorant, then in the afternoon if I felt my deodorant was not lasting, I would re-spray this and re-apply my deodorant.

 

  1. You can do an actual detox “mask” for your armpits. This is especially helpful for those of us that are having a hard time adjusting to natural deodorant. Make a paste of 1 Tablespoon Bentonite clay, 1 Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar, and 1-2 Teaspoons of water and apply it to your armpits. Let it sit a few minutes and then rinse off.  See http://wellnessmama.com/25432/detox-your-armpits/ for the full recipe.

 

  1. Try a different recipe for your deodorant, if you are still not comfortable with the results. There are 2 recipes on this site that are “tried and true” by the members of the Scentsible Oiler team, but everyone is different – make adjustments if you need to!  You can remove the baking soda and try arrowroot or cornstarch instead, if you are having redness and irritation of your pits. Some people cannot handle baking soda in their armpits. I actually used Tapioca starch in one of my recipes because that is what I had on hand. A totally off the wall deodorant substitute is plain Milk of Magnesia.  You can apply it directly to your armpits with a cotton ball and let dry.  It works for many people who cannot use a baking soda  deodorant.  And one last suggestion is to spray Magnesium Oil on your armpits and let it dry, but that can cause redness and irritation too.  If you add more water to your Magnesium Oil, it might decrease those symptoms. (Magnesium Oil is not an “oil”, but a concentrated magnesium chloride water spray.  It’s not a Young Living product, but can be found at health food stores or on Amazon.)

 

I hope that if you are not using a natural deodorant, that these tips might encourage you to give it a try.  After all, adding essential oils to a natural or home made deodorant recipe is such a great way to introduce people to oils and also is a small change that can have immense impact on our overall health.  Happy Oiling!  Brandy

 

Lavender Melaleuca Deodorant (from Abundant Health website)

Ingredients List:

  • 3 Tbs coconut oil
  • 1 Tbs beeswax pellets
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 vitamin E capsule
  • 5 drops melaleuca essential oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1 empty 2.65 oz. deodorant container

Instructions:  Combine coconut oil and beeswax pellets in a heat-proof glass bowl or glass measuring cup. Place bowl or measuring cup in a sauce pan filled with an inch of water. Heat mixture over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until completely melted. Stir in cornstarch, baking soda, and the oil from one vitamin E capsule. Remove from heat, and add essential oils. Quickly pour mixture into an empty deodorant container. Wait for mixture to harden and cool completely, and then start enjoying your all-natural essential oil deodorant!

Simple Lemon Deodorant

Ingredients List:

  • 6 Tbsp Organic Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Cup Arrowroot Powder
  • 10 Drops Young Living Lemon Essential Oil
  • 1 empty 2.65 oz. deodorant container or a small Mason Jar

Instructions: Mix in a bowl with a fork.  Note that it will seem like it’s not going to come together but it will!  Just keep mixing!  This deodorant works well but it’s a bit more runny than the recipe with beeswax.  People have different preferences of storage – some like using a small Mason Jar and applying with fingers, others prefer using a deodorant container.  Be sure to store in a cool place (not the refrigerator).  If it gets too warm the deodorant will get “melty” due to the coconut oil.

For more information or to order the Young Living products mentioned in this recipe please contact the Scentsible Oiler who referred you to this page or contact our team using the form below: 

 

DIY Lotion Bars

By Heather Steiner

As the unrelenting cold days set in, so does the occasional dry skin in our household.  I’ve never liked putting lotion on myself or my kids.  There’s something unappealing about the sort of slimy, strangely smooth feeling it leaves on my skin, not to mention the list of ingredients on the bottle I can’t pronounce.  Coconut oil and beeswax, however, feel lovely and are recognizable ingredients.

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Photo by Heather Steiner Photography

We’ve all heard about the wonders of coconut oil.  It’s said to do this, that and the other.  While I don’t know if any of this, that or the other is true, it’s an oil, and so it’s moisturizing because it adds back the oil that’s naturally stripped from our skin this time of year by the cold weather and extra hand washing.

Beeswax simply acts as a barrier by holding the moisture to your skin, and keeping the lotion bar from feeling greasy.

I use both lavender and tea tree (melaleuca alternifolia) for their long histories of use for the skin, and because I love how they smell together.  It is a scent enjoyed by all the members of my family, including the guys.

Lotion Bars Ingredient List:

  • ½ cup organic coconut oil (should be solid at room temperature)
  • ¼ cup beeswax pellets
  • 10 drops Young Living Lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops Young Living Tea Trea (Melaleuca Alternifolia) essential oil

Add the coconut oil and beeswax to a small glass bowl.  Make a double boiler by setting the glass bowl over a pan of barely simmering water and slowly mix until everything has melted.  Be patient, beeswax takes a few minutes to melt.

I recommend setting aside a glass bowl or measuring cup for projects such as these.  Beeswax has a high melting point, and can be difficult to completely clean off.  Alternatively, after cleaning as well as possible, you can pour boiling water in your bowl, empty it into the sink and quickly wipe it out with a towel to remove any remaining beeswax.

When the oil and beeswax are melted and combined, remove the bowl from the pan, and stir the mixture to speed cooling.  Once the mixture has cooled enough that you can touch it, but it is still melted (test this by holding the side of the bowl, not by putting your finger into the mixture) add the essential oils and stir to combine.  Quickly pour the mixture into the mold of your choice (I recommend a muffin tin) and allow to cool to room temperature.  You can speed up this process by placing the filled molds in the refrigerator until firm.

To “unmold” your lotion bars, fill a large cake pan with very hot water, dip the underside of the muffin tin in the hot water until you can spin the lotion bars in the muffin tin.  Quickly invert the muffin tin onto the countertop to release the bars.  Repeat, if needed, to release the remaining lotion bars.

Lotion bars are best applied after bathing and your skin is still damp and warm.  If you have cold hands or it is an especially cold day, hold the bar between your hands for a few moments until it softens slightly, making it easier to apply.

Looking for more recipes?  Visit our recipes page for more DIY ideas!

For more information or to order the Young Living products mentioned in this recipe please contact the Scentsible Oiler who referred you to this page or contact our team using the form below: 

How Can I Save More Money on my YL Products?

Written by Pam Paulick

You live on a budget.  Whether or not you actually HAVE a budget doesn’t change the fact that you still have to figure out how to spend less money than you have coming in, right?  You LOVE your oils, but if there was a more cost effective (but still budget friendly) way to order, would you be all over it?  Well, take it from those of us who are using YL stuff daily, there is a better way to order!  Enter: Essential Rewards.

Essential Rewards is an optional program designed to help YL wholesale members that order product regularly save money and offset expenses.  This is NOT one of those autoship programs where you end up with piles of product you don’t know what to do with and have to pawn off on the neighbors.  YOU have complete control over which products you receive, and there is no obligation whatsoever to stay on for a specific time frame.  The program offers a variety of perks to its members, and is the ultimate way to get the most “bang for your buck”.

  • Young Living sets up a product bank account for you where you accumulate dollars from every order and can redeem them for free products – Depending on how long you’ve been enrolled in the program, you’ll earn 10-20% of each monthly ER order in points toward free product (1st 6 mos earn 10%, 2nd 6 mos earn 15%, after a year in the program earn 20%).
  • YL pays for part of the shipping costs – The base shipping rate is less for ER members than for wholesale members placing regular orders because Young Living is subsidizing part of the cost for you.
  • Additional discounts on special product packages – There are special product kits put together by YL that only ER members have access to. Purchasing the products together in the kit offers a discount off of purchasing them individually.
  • Priority on product that may be about to go out of stock – Sometimes due to supply and demand, YL products go out of stock for a period of time because they will not compromise their product standards just to fill an order. If this happens, ER members get first priority on remaining product.
  • Customizable monthly orders – You can change the product you order each month, order the same ones, or select from a variety of product packages for ER members. There is a minimum order requirement of $50 PV (PV=product value) per month, but no maximum order.
  • Ship when and where you want to – You can choose and change your shipping date and address each month if you like! You just have to order at least once per calendar month.
  • No risk/commitment – You can enroll in the program anytime, and discontinue it anytime.  Just make sure you cash in your points in your product bank account before discontinuing the program!!!

 

Who may benefit from Essential Rewards?

This is a wonderful program for a variety of goals.  Whether you’re in search of “wellness, purpose, or abundance”, just looking for the best deal or have lofty goals for your family’s financial future, there are benefits to being a part of this program.  Here are some examples of people who have found it helpful and why!

  • Bargain Hunters: This program is for the ultimate coupon-clipper or dig-to-the-bottom-of-the-clearance-bin shopper.  It’s the best way to maximize your dollar with the additional discounts.  See above for all the perks of membership!
  • The Budgeter: Most families find it easier to dedicate a certain number of dollars per month toward YL products versus a large purchase every few months, especially when you’re ultimately getting product for less. Also, most products you purchase will be replacing the expense of purchasing something else.  For example, if you purchase the Thieves Household Cleaner (which can be diluted 100:1), you’ll find that each bottle of cleaner will actually cost less than the bottles of cleaner you normally purchase, natural or not.  Lots of people are making their own household soaps, lotions, deodorants, etc., for pennies on the dollar in comparison to what you spend on similar products at the store!
  • Wellness Seekers: If you’re serious about wellness, it’s going to take consistent product use over a period of time. Natural wellness takes a commitment due to the need to continually put more “good stuff” into our bodies than the “bad stuff” that we take in.  Maintaining health is really an investment, not an expense.  Desire will determine your results – do you want to test the waters or go all-in?  Make a 90 day commitment to take ownership of your top wellness concern.  Sit down with your upline and a Reference Guide and determine which products you will commit to ordering for the next 3 months to help tackle this issue.  They may be different products each month or the same.  Oh, and don’t forget to USE THEM once you have them!  These oil bottles may look pretty, but they do work best when you open the bottle.
  • Looking to “go natural”: Ready to purge your home of toxins? Time to carefully examine the labels on your personal care products, household cleaners, food, supplements, baby/children’s products and pet products.  If you’d like some help analyzing your labels, try downloading the “ThinkDirtyApp”.  It’s an app that allows you to scan your labels and rates the product for you, as well as providing you with information about potentially dangerous chemicals.  Going natural takes commitment, and you’ll need to reorder product, so ER just makes sense.  Remember that you’re replacing product – what you used to purchase at the store you’ll be purchasing from YL, so it’s not necessarily an additional expense!  One thing you’ll notice about YL products is that while they may seem more expensive, you often use far less than a comparable product (one bottle of Lavender Lotion actually lasted me a year and a half)!
  • People interested in having their product paid for: Would it be nice if you could purchase all the product your family needed each month, but then also received a check from YL that would cover the cost?  Yep, that’s essentially FREE product!  If this is something you’re interested in, commit to becoming a product of the product yourself ($100 PV monthly orders through ER) so you’re capable of sharing your results with others.  Set an example for your group by being on Essential Rewards and trying different products.  Some people make the mistake of trying to wait until they have enough people ordering in their downline to commit to ER themselves, and this simply does not work.  If you aren’t doing it, they won’t see why they should either!  Lead by example!  When people see your commitment and love for these products, they will trust and fall in love with the products too.
  • Those looking to build another income stream: There are many people who have built income streams for their families simply by sharing their love of Young Living with other people. In order to earn every dollar you’re eligible for under the YL compensation plan, you must be placing monthly orders through Essential Rewards of $100 PV or more. Those who have any experience with running a  business know that this is a TINY “cost of doing business” (and you’re getting product for the cost, not just putting it toward rent or utilities).  They say the true measure of a good product is whether or not you’d use if there was income attached or not, and Young Living is a product-first company.  Simply, they work!  People have achieved results big and small from the product, and that naturally leads to sharing it with others.  It’s very rewarding to see someone you care about achieve a health milestone they haven’t been able to find another answer for!   YL also rewards you generously for your referral – wouldn’t it be nice if your favorite restaurant or grocery store sent you a check for referring someone else?  If you’re interested in the financial abundance aspect of YL, the first step after wholesale membership is joining ER!

 

How do I join the Essential Rewards program?

It’s easy!  If you haven’t already done so, you’ll need to become a wholesale member with Young Living.  See the Become a YL Member page of this site for more information.  Once you’re a member, all you need to do to join Essential Rewards is sign in to your YL Virtual Office (just visit the Young Living website and click “sign in”), then click “Start Essential Rewards” and you’ll be walked through the process.  Once you’ve selected an available processing date, make sure you set a reminder in your calendar to update your order each month.  You can update it as many times as you want until midnight on your processing day! If you have questions you can contact your enroller/sponsor, live help, or customer service for assistance.

Essential Oil Rainbow for Labor & Delivery

Written by Pam Paulick

I was really motivated to use as many oils as I could if it had potential to make the labor and birthing process easier.  Doesn’t every pregnant gal wish for that?  I did Hypnobirthing, which involves listening to a Rainbow Relaxation track in preparation for (and during) the birth.  I thought a rainbow would be a great way to organize the list of essential oils that I had with me during labor & delivery with the birth of my son.  My sister and my doula did a wonderful job making sure I got my oils.  I highly recommend assigning the “oil application” job to someone on your birthing team, as there is no way you’ll have the brain space to think about it yourself in the moment!

In hindsight, the very favorites that I remember were the Aroma Siez for general muscle and back comfort and relaxation, NingXia Red for energy, and Brain Power to keep my head in the game.  I definitely could have used more Brain Power, as I felt that I lost my calm focus a bit once I moved from home to the hospital and was subjected to more poking and prodding.  Before and after birth, the ClaraDerm spray was invaluable!  I just sprayed it on every time I used the bathroom.

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Brain Power (Red)

  • 1-2 drops on neck, throat, temples and/or under nose or 1-2 drops inside mouth/cheeks to support focus and mental presence

Myrrh (Orange)

  • Apply to abdomen after delivery to support the normal post-birth process

Fennel (Yellow)

  • Apply 1-2 drops of either or both on vita flex points on feet to keep things moving along

Gentle Baby (Green)

  • Diffuse and/or apply to ankles, Vita Flex points and hands when labor starts to support a relaxed mindset

AromaSiez or PanAway (Blue)

  • Rub on lower back and abdomen for for comfort and relaxation 

Valor and/or Lavender (Purple)

  • Apply Valor to wrists, chest, back of neck, bottoms of feet for courage and emotional balance
  • Apply Lavender to chest, back of neck, base of spine during transition

NingXia Red

  • 1 packet as desired during labor for energy support (I used 1/hr)

Claraderm Spray

  • Spray on perineum area after using the bathroom 3 x daily beginning a couple months prior to my due date and then through recovery weeks

 

Baby

Frankincense

  • Favorite quote I’ve ever heard about Frankincense “If it’s good enough for baby Jesus, it’s good enough for my babies!”
  • Very gentle and a great option for baby’s first oil
  • Dilute as desired and apply to feet, crown and umbilical cord stump daily

There are many resources available to use essential oils safely throughout pregnancy. labor and with a new baby.  The most important thing is to have the safest and highest quality essential oils, use common sense, listen to your body, and make certain your information is from a trusted resource.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not meant to prescribe, treat, diagnose or prevent any kind of illness or replace the care of a health professional.

To learn more about the essential oils mentioned here, contact the Scentsible Oiler who referred you to this page, or pamjpaulick@gmail.com.

Unclogging a Slow Drain With Thieves Cleaner

Written by Heather Steiner

My bathroom sink has been draining really slow lately.  The other day, it got to the point where it wouldn’t drain at all.  So, I got out the plunger and managed to drain the sink, but when I ran water in it again, it was still draining really slow.

Thieves Household Cleaner BlogI have a thing about using caustic chemical drain cleaners.  I think it’s my kids’ voices in the back of my head, repeating what they heard on Finding Nemo, “All drains lead to the ocean,” and I really don’t want to be pouring chemicals into the ocean.

I’ve tried all the boiling water, vinegar and baking soda, etc. solutions, and I don’t know where my husband keeps the snake to clean out the drain, so in desperation I slowly poured a couple capfuls of Thieves cleaner down the drain and walked away.  I ended up getting called into work shortly thereafter, and so the sink sat unused for the next six hours.

Now, my sink is draining fine.  I even checked with my husband to see if he did anything to fix it, and he said he hadn’t!  Thieves Household Cleaner is already so versatile, but it’s always great to discover new ways to use it!

My Baby’s First 4 Weeks With Essential Oils

Written by Pam Paulick, MN

Both of my children are “oiler babies”.  Essential oils were not entirely new to either of them at birth since I use oils as part of my daily routine, including throughout my pregnancy.

Interestingly, I’ve taken a different approach with my son than I did with my daughter (now 3 years old).  As I’ve continued to share essential oils with more and more people, I’m frequently approached by moms who are new to oils, and nervous about using certain oils on their infants.  While I comfortably and successfully used the traditional oils like Thieves, DiGize, RC and Peppermint (all diluted at least 30:1 to start) early on with my daughter, I wanted to explore some of the other less known options so that I could share my experiences with those too.  What I’ve discovered is that there are other equally effective options that don’t contain oils like peppermint and eucalyptus, which some experts have raised concerns about.  (Click the link to visit our Safety & Precautions page for more information about that.)

The first oil my son experienced within hours of birth was Frankincense.  Frankincense with ResinI took a drop in my hands, and put some on his head, spine and feet, as Frankincense is supportive to the immune system.  We also put a drop on his umbilical cord a couple times per day with diaper changes, since it’s also supportive for the skin. I used Valor oil on my abdomen for that oh-so-fun cramping that comes with nursing, so he received some of that oil by inhalation as well, before we ever left the hospital.  Valor is also emotionally balancing and confidence boosting – ideal when you’re new to the world, or dealing with the normal post-partum ups and downs from those crazy hormones.  The nurses and staff said we had the best smelling room in the building.

Just like most new babies, getting used to the new physical feelings that came along with normal digestion in the outside world caused my son to get a little fussy now and then.  I made a mix of one drop each of Copaiba, Lavender and DiGize with about 30 drops of olive oil (for storing these “baby blends”, I ordered these tiny glass bottles).  I’d rub a drop from this mixture on his tummy, and another drop on the bottoms of his feet as needed.

Sleep is a precious thing, for both new babies and moms and essential oils can support restful sleep for both!  I’ve been diffusing oils on my nightstand for a couple years, but when we brought the new baby in I started by just putting a single drop of lavender into the diffuser so it wouldn’t be overwhelming.

I think most new babies experience occasional stuffy noses from all the new things they are breathing in, like laundry detergents or the fuzz from all those wonderfully soft blankets.  This becomes especially challenging at night when they are laying down and trying to sleep.  My favorite oils for applying to Reece’s chest and feet were Idaho Blue Spruce or Myrtle.  I would also add a drop of either of those, or a drop of RC to the diffuser.  I would often add another drop to the diffuser in the middle of the night during one of his feedings, as well as reapplying oils to his chest and feet.

Regular baths with KidScents shampoo has provided a gentle way to keep him clean, and TenderTush or Animal Scents Ointment has been helpful in maintaining healthy skin under his diaper.

As a brand new mom, the health and safety of that tiny bundle of joy is top priority.  As careful as we are about what we put on and in our pregnant bodies, there’s a certain level of protection that has disappeared once our babies are on the outside.  I’m relieved to have a safe, natural, toxin-free alternative that I can start using from birth.

For more information or to order the products mentioned in this post, please contact the person who referred you to this page or contact Pam at pampaulick@yahoo.com.  

Citrus Fresh for Waking Up…And Going to Sleep?

Written by Heather Steiner, MN

This time of year I have to practically drag my four kids out of bed in the morning.  It’s cold, it’s dark, and frankly, I feel the same way about getting  up on days like that!  But, I recently tried beginning the day with Citrus Fresh in the diffuser and it’s made a real difference.

I usually get up about an hour before my kids so that I can pack their lunches, begin breakfast and just have a few uninterrupted minutes before the chaos ensues.  So, I started running the diffuser on my kitchen counter with three drops of Citrus Fresh and then going about my day.  I’ve found that I perk-up faster on these days, even when I haven’t had my usual cup of tea.

Best of all, if I open my kids’ door a few minutes before waking them, and let the scent permeate their rooms, they are MUCH easier to get out of bed, and the breakfast table is a happier place too!

3481279576_54f10d7411_zMy kids love to go through my oils.  They love to take them each out of a case I keep on the kitchen counter, smelling them one by one, and comment on how each of them makes them feel.  I love to take note of how spot on my five-year-old, who can’t read yet, often is in his assessment of each oil.  So imagine my surprise when he pulled out Citrus Fresh and promptly pronounced that made him feel ” sleepy”.  I told him he was being silly and he moved on.

But later that evening, before bed, he came back to me asking for Citrus Fresh to help him sleep.  I thought he was crazy!  “I can’t give you something like that.  It’s going to keep you awake!  How about some lavender?” But he didn’t want anything to do with it, and I sent him off to bed disappointed.

Out of curiosity, I decided to take a look at the information for Citrus Fresh.  It seems strange to think of using a blend that contains both citrus  oils and spearmint, which I tend to find invigorating, when it’s time to sleep. Sure enough, it’s description on the Young Living website said “Citrus Fresh™ is a relaxing, calming blend loved by children and adults alike”.   Citrus fresh could prove to be a great alternative to Lavender, Peace and Calming or Cedarwood for some kids.

The lights weren’t out in my son’s room yet, so I went in and gave him a drop of Citrus Fresh. He rubbed it all over his wrists, neck and chest, smiled at me and asked why I was giving it to him.  I told him that I had looked it up and he was right –  it could be a great oil for bedtime.  He just smiled at me, closed his eyes, and said, ” I told you so”.

A Comfortable Pregnancy With Essential Oils

Written by Pam Paulick

I went through my first pregnancy with my daughter in 2011 using some essential oils, but I was very cautious.  It’s normal to become a bit of a nervous oiler when you’re new to either pregnancy or oils (and “new” is subjective)!  By the second time around, I was more comfortable with both.

_DSC0499Since essential oils work best in a healthy body, I wanted to set myself up for success by making sure I was eating as organically as possible, and avoiding processed foods and GMOs, both of which I was more nervous about putting in my body than any oil on the “caution during pregnancy” list.  I also supported my body and energy level (I had a 2 year-old to chase around) by ensuring I had a good routine with supplements, all of which I shared with my midwife.  I was taking True Source, Master Formula Hers, MultiGreens, Essentialzymes-4, Life 5 Probiotic, and NingXia Red, all from Young Living, as well as fish oils, Vitamin D, and a Folic Acid/B12 supplement.  I also took Inner Defense for immune support, but there is conflicting information on whether or not some of the oils it contains should be avoided during pregnancy, so some may find ImmuPro to be a more preferable option.  Again, any supplement regimen for pregnancy should be approved by a health provider well versed in natural supplements.

During my first pregnancy, I spent much of the first trimester with “all-day sickness” (whoever coined the term “morning” sickness was terribly mistaken).  During my second pregnancy, I had better dietary habits a much better routine with supplements, which seemed to shorten morning sickness to just a brief time in the late afternoon…a time period that falls inconveniently right after my daughter’s nap.  I was surprised to find that a shot of NingXia Red or chewing Slique Gum was very helpful for me.  Smelling DiGize or Peppermint, or placing a drop on my tongue or belly, was very settling as well.  Rubbing Purification on the insides of my cheeks was helpful too – not incredibly tasty, but preferable over the ishy feeling!

I experienced some leg cramping in the middle of my pregnancy, often in the evening and overnight.  Research has suggested that increasing magnesium or calcium has helped some women with this issue, and I did find that taking an extra Master Formula Hers (a multivitamin) would often mean no cramping that night.  If I forgot the extra supplement and had cramping, using Ortho Ease Massage Oil, or Aroma Siez and/or RC essential oil (surprising, but yes) would lessen my discomfort.  I should mention that Ortho Ease contains wintergreen, and Aroma Siez contains basil, which some resources suggest avoiding during pregnancy.

For emotional support and more restful sleep, I turned to some of my favorites – Lavender, Valor, and Idaho Blue Spruce – in a diffuser on my nightstand.  I also enjoyed putting a few drops of Gentle Baby oil in ¼ cup of Epsom salts and adding that to my bath water.  It helped me to relax and unwind for bed after a long day.

Later in pregnancy when I began to have what I like to call “practice surges” (more commonly Braxton Hicks), rubbing Peace & Calming oil on my belly was calming both mentally and physically.  Lavender is another option, but Peace & Calming seemed to work better for me.

I found that I was somewhat more sensitive to certain oils while pregnant.  When diffusing, I used fewer drops of oil because I was more easily overwhelmed.  I also found it interesting that I didn’t care for some scents that I normally loved, and found myself loving some scents that I normally didn’t care for.  I figured maybe this was the baby expressing his opinion. I tried to pay very close attention to what my body was telling me, and use the least amount of oil necessary to do the job.

Overall, essential oils were a wonderful benefit to me while I was pregnant, helping to relieve the minor discomforts associated with a healthy pregnancy, and keeping everyday stress at bay.