Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Essential Oils for Summer

Hooray, it’s officially summer! I’m looking forward to the warm weather and being outside more and spending time sitting by the pool watching the kids swim.  How about you? Although, I do have to admit that there are a few things about summer that can be a pain…like bugs and sunburns. 
You probably know by now that I LOVE LOVE my essential oils but you might not know that I do actually use them every single day.  I have even started hosting classes regularly, so I can get together with friends and talk about how these amazing oils work.
(Of course, all the oils I’m talking about in this post are from Young Living and are therapeutic grade.)
In my Summer Essential Oils Class, these are some of the oils that we talk about it.
Purification:  One of my favorites for summer is Purification. I love the smell.  It works great as a bug repellent but also has many more uses.  For instance, there was a grease spill in the oven the other night and boy did it smoke up my house and make everything stinky.  I quickly loaded up my diffuser with a couple drops of Purification oil and turned it on.  After about 20 minutes, the stinky smoke odor was gone. Yay!

Lavender is known as the Swiss Army knife of all the oils and can be used for almost anything.  If you don’t know what to use for something you can always try lavender.  It works great for seasonal sniffles (when combined with peppermint and lemon) but also works to soothe burns and blisters

My go-to oil for a headache or tummy troubles is peppermint.  Just the smell alone is uplifting.  Peppermint is considered a hot oil but can be used to help you cool down after a hot day too when added to a little witch hazel in a spray bottle. The perfect combination to cool off tired, achy feet.  Just be sure to use a carrier oil like coconut or olive oil when applying directly to your skin.

Lemon just screams summer.  By adding citrus oils (lemon or Citrus Fresh) to my water bottle {glass only}, not only am I encouraging myself to keep hydrated with tasty water but I’m also profiting from all the health benefits lemons give us. Not only does it boost your energy but by diffusing it in your home it can boost your mood.

Here are some great recipes to mix up and have on hand throughout the summer:

What are your favourite oils for summer?

Where to Buy Essential Oils?  

It is really important to know that you are getting therapeutic grade quality essential oils. Not all essential oils are created equal.  For more information on essential oils and why I chose Young Living - check out this link. 

Saturday, June 23, 2018

I Choose Love - Parenting Autism

It was a quiet moment after dinner.  My youngest two were hiding off in the fort they had built behind the couch.  My oldest was working on a story on her computer and I was sitting reading.  Just a typical moment in our home when the younger two did or said something that annoyed the oldest.  Also typical was my daughter's response: "What the hell are you doing?"

We've been trying for the past year to get her to not talk like that.  Her argument - hell is not a swear word.  We disagree.  So I reminded her that that sort of language wasn't necessary.  She glared at me and as I looked back down at my book I could see that she mouthed or muttered something I didn't
quite catch but the sense was that it was pretty negative towards me.

Now when you're a sensitive parent, like I am, this kind of thing can be crushing.  It's been a struggle for more than a year now of her beating me up one moment to fierce loving hugs the next.

Welcome to being a parent of a hormonal teenage girl on the Autism Spectrum.

I did not engage her. I chose to bite my tongue.  Something I'm having to learn to do. This wasn't even a major interaction and was pretty minor in comparison of some of the episodes we've had.  Yet, as I sat staring at my phone, I couldn't help but look back to 5 or 6 years ago when not only was she a lot shorter but I was also her whole world.  Love wasn't a roller coaster of conflicting emotions.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Using Essential Oils for Teens

Teenager - Yes, there's an oil for that!

I am a parent of a special needs kid who also happens to be a teenager.  Some days it's hard to know whether I'm helping the special needs kid or the teenager.  Some days it's both.  I don't blog a lot about my child's special needs.  It seems like it would be an invasion of her privacy as you can never really get rid of stuff on the world wide web and you have no idea when one day it's going to come back and bite you in the butt.

Regardless of special needs or not, today's teens have it hard and face an incredible amount of pressure.  Not only are they preparing for their future, but they have to make it through some of the most awkward times of their lives.  Throw in hormonal changes and it's no wonder they are over-stressed and tried.   

I thought I'd share some of the essential oils I use to support my teenager.


We all have emotional ups and downs and this is really something teens struggle with.  They’ve got a lot going on and a lot of pressure.  Sometimes they just need a little extra support to make it through the day. 

One really great oil for this is JOY

Thursday, May 17, 2018

6 Quick Tips for Organizing Your Kitchen

Studies show that a chaotic home can often result in a chaotic brain.

I believe this to be true.  The more clutter my husband and I have allowed into the home the more stressed out I am.  Why is it so hard to let go? I just don't know.

But I can't stand the clutter any longer.  The mess is driving me crazy.  A good friend of mine has inspired me to begin this mission of decluttering my home.  Even if it's just one small box at a time.

So this past weekend - I worked on just one room - The Kitchen.

Here are my six tips for tackling the kitchen:

#1.  Go through your cupboards, dig way back into the deepest darkest corner of your cupboards and bring out all those items you rarely or never use.  If your Great Aunt Martha gave you that hideous vase and while you may love your great aunt but hate the vase -don't hang on to.  Let it go (as Elsa would say).  The rule of thumb is if you can't actually recall having used something in the past year - it's time to let it go.