Essential Oils 101

I am so glad you stopped in today! I am an independent distributors for Young Living Essential Oils who is incredibly passionate about essential oils and the jaw-dropping things they can do. I’m a normal, everyday person who has found something powerful (and natural!) to get my family through our days with optimal health. This has resulted in cutting down on all the toxic products we used to put in and on our bodies every day. It is my hope that every single person I know will jump in with both feet because I’m confident about how much it will help everyone enhance and maintain a healthier lifestyle.

Essential Oils 101

WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS?

First things first, let’s talk about what essential oils even are, since apparently “they’re magic bottles of goodness” doesn’t really count. 😉

Essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts. The way they are extracted is by resin tapping directly from a tree, cold pressing citrus rinds, and one of the most common ways they can be extracted is through the careful process of steam distillation of a plant’s root, stem, leaves, or flower petals. Because of how they’re extracted, the benefits found in essential oils are much more powerful and targeted than the plants they come from. Not only do they have unique scents, but they also help support the systems of the body, and as part of a daily regimen can help you achieve your goal of whole body health. We’ll get into more specifics about which oils do what in a minute, but let’s take a look at the basics of essential oils.

Since essential oils are highly concentrated and very strong, using them safely is important. The general rule of thumb is “low and slow,” which means to start out using a small amount until you know how you and your body respond to each oil. Each bottle of essential oil will be labeled according to how it should be used: Topical, Aromatic, or Dietary (for internal use). Based on those labels, here’s how you would use them.


Topical: apply the essential oils directly to your skin or with a carrier oil, depending on the oil and what the label recommends. Good carrier oils to use with essential oils are Coconut oil, Jojoba oil, Argan oil, Avocado oil, and others like them, whichever you prefer.

Aromatic: these oils can be diffused using an ultrasonic diffuser or inhaled directly from the bottle. Diffusing is the most popular method for this as it breaks down the oils and disperses them into the air for all to breathe in and enjoy their benefits.

Dietary: these oils can be ingested and used as a dietary supplement, allowing the oils to be dispersed through your body in a different way. You can put these oils in a vegetable capsule and fill the rest with carrier oil, or place a drop directly in your mouth, or add them to food or drinks in order to easily digest them and get the benefits that they provide. Young Living’s line of dietary oils is called Vitality oils, and that lets you know that the oils in those bottles are safe to ingest when used properly.

NOTEnot all oils are safe to be used topically or internally. In fact, some essential oils aren’t really good for you at all because of the fillers and synthetics used in them. That’s why I only use and recommend Young Living. We’ll talk a little bit about that soon. 🙂 

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HOW DO I USE EO’s SAFELY?

Safety is important when it comes to using essential oils. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all of the information available, but using common sense and starting gradually will help ease any sort of intimidation you might feel as you begin using essential oils in your everyday life.

1.When storing essential oils (EOs), it’s important to keep them in a cool, dark place with lids tightly closed (and always out of reach of children). You’ll also want to keep carrier oils (like coconut, olive, vitamin e, sweet almond oil, etc.) on hand for dilution. Always use and store EOs in glass containers, especially when drinking them in water, since most plastic products contain chemicals that can be broken down by the oil.

2. Most EOs are generally safe for use during pregnancy, but need to be used with common sense. As with any health program, you may want to consult with a health care professional beforehand. A great resource is the book “Gentle Babies” by Debra Rayburn.

3. Citrus oils are photosensitive and when applied to skin, they may cause a rash or dark pigmentation on skin exposed to UV rays or direct sunlight within 1-2 days after application of citrus oils.

4. Keep EOs away from eyes and never put them directly into the ears. Should irritation or accidental contact with eyes occur, never use water to clear the EO (they are not water-soluble). Instead use a carrier oil such as coconut oil or sweet almond oil to cleanse the area and reduce discomfort.

5. Epileptics and people with high blood pressure should use extra caution when using EOs with high ketones like basil, rosemary, sage, or tansy.

6. For people with allergies or sensitive skin, it’s best to test a small area (like the inside of the upper arm) then wait 30 minutes before applying to other areas. In general, the bottoms of the feet are safe for topical application.

7. Direct inhalation (not the same as diffusing) can be a deep and intensive application method, particularly for respiratory congestion and illness. This method should not be used more than 10-15 times throughout the day without first consulting a health care professional.

8. When adding EOs to bath water, start with 1-3 drops first mixed with Epsom salt to help disperse the oil. Never use more than 10 drops in one bath. If a dispersing agent is not used, serious discomfort can be caused because the oil tends to float undiluted on top of the water.

9. Young Living states right on the bottles if an oil is able to be consumed as a food additive. Also, they now have a “Vitality Line” that provides oils made for consumption. Please do not use any Essential Oil internally until you check to make sure it is an oil that can be ingested.

Essential Oils 101

WHY CHOOSE YOUNG LIVING?

Young Living has been the leader in essential oils for over 20 years, and they are constantly ahead of the pack in innovation and ensuring that their members get the absolute best in essential oils. I researched quite a bit before deciding to put my trust in Young Living and gave their oils a chance, and I’m so glad I did. The thing that eventually convinced me is their Seed to Seal guarantee. They take a lot of care to make sure that their members get the absolute best essential oils. They own their own farms and only partner with farms that meet their strict Seed to Seal guidelines. They plant their own seeds. They cultivate their own crops, and they guarantee no pesticides or chemicals or anything toxic is ever being used on them. In fact, YL treats their essential oil crops with their own essential oils! They oversee everything from planting to harvesting to distilling, then bottling and sending it to your door. They know what is in those precious little bottles – 100% pure essential oil. Not just 100% pure oil, which could mean as little as 11% essential oil mixed in with a carrier oil or other unknown substance.

Here’s a basic breakdown of what Young Living’s Seed to Seal guarantee is.

Seed: expert seed evaluation and selection.

Cultivate: sustainable growing and harvesting methods that meet the most rigorous standards.

Distill: an innovative combination of ancient and modern techniques to ensure the purest product and result.

Test: internal and third party testing to make sure the essential oils meet the most stringent specifications.Seal: a dedicated facility to provide careful sealing and inspection before shipping to your home.

As if the quality guarantee wasn’t enough to ease your mind, you can also rest assured that with Young Living, you’ll have the most vast choice of singles and blends. They offer over 167 essential oils, plant based cleaning products, natural mineral makeup, beauty line, baby line, supplements, an animal line, a line of products just for kiddos, a line of products for a healthy and fit lifestyle, and more!! Young Living has the biggest selection of essential oils and even allows us access to certain EO’s that no other company offers – due to their extensive farm ownership in several continents. You are not just getting oils… you’re getting the BEST essential oils which are grown in their land of origin.

Another thing I love about Young Living is that they start you with a variety of oils to help with all kinds of everyday issue that we all face. In fact, the premium starter kit comes with 11 oils, a diffuser, and other goodies. Let’s talk about the oils that come with it and how they can change your life. I know they did mine.

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WHAT ARE STARTER KIT ESSENTIAL OILS & THEIR USES?

The Young Living Premium starter kit comes with 11 oils, a diffuser, samples, and information to help you get started. Let’s talk about these oils and their uses for a moment.

Lavender: Soothing and refreshing aroma. Use for winding down and relaxing before bedtime. Diffuse to create a calming and comforting atmosphere. Add to your favorite hair, body and beauty products. Diffuse to eliminate odors. Contains many constituents that contribute to a vast range of uses.

Lemon Vitality: Takes 75 lemons to make one 15ml bottle. Invigorates the mind and body by supporting the nervous system. Cleans your bodily systems. Supports proper nasal function. Supports healthy respiratory function. Flavors water. Perfect replacement for lemon juice or seasoning to flavor seafood, vegetables, beverages or desserts. Contains the powerful constituent limonene. Use to remove sticky residue from stickers, or to remove crayon/pen marks.

Peppermint Vitality: Supports gastrointestinal system comfort. Promotes healthy bowel function. Supports proper digestive function. Natural breath freshener. Helps promote focus and clarity by supporting a healthy nervous system. Helps with occasional constipation. Helps with occasional gas. Helps relieve minor aches and pains associated with daily life when taken internally. Helps alleviate nausea. Encourages proper respiratory function. Supports proper joint and cartilage function. Provides nervous system support during times of stress. Suppresses appetite. Relief of occasional heartburn.

Frankincense: Supports healthy skin when applied topically. Promotes feelings of calmness and balance. Increases spiritual awareness. May help smooth the appearance of healthy-looking, aging skin. Rub on bottom of feet to alleviate nervous energy. Add to your daily skin care regime as an excellent moisturizer.

Purification: Neutralizes odors in the air. Purify and cleanses the air of stubborn or lingering odors. Uplifting & invigorating aroma. Perfect choice for moisturizing occasional dry skin. Put a few drops in shoes to remove odors. Add to a cotton ball and put in vents of car to help freshen stale air. Use as part of your daily facial cleansing regime.

Copaiba Vitality: Supports the body’s natural response to injury or irritation. Aids in easing common digestive discomforts when taken internally. Helps the body regulate its natural immune responses. Main ingredient in Stress Away; it can be soothing. Promotes a youthful appearance from the inside out.

R.C.: Rub on your feet or chest before exercise to uplift and inspire. Massage 3 drops on your feet before bedtime to encourage an atmosphere of comfort. Diffuse to create a comforting aroma. Contains three different types of Eucalyptus (E. globulus, E. radiata, and E. citriodora), all of which are high in the naturally occurring constituent eucalyptol.

PanAway: Designed to relieve occasional muscle soreness and tension. Helps counter stressed nerves. Peppermint and wintergreen essential oils soothe sore joints and ligaments after exercise. Add to massage oil for use with occasional tension. Perfect for localized soreness after gardening, shopping, working out, or any other physical activity.

Thieves Vitality: Supports healthy immune function. Complements daily wellness regimes. Helps maintain a healthy respiratory system. Key component for the entire Thieves line of products by Young Living. Helps freshen stale air when diffused. Use a drop or two in a spray bottle with water for cleaning. Inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated a special aromatic combination composed of clove, rosemary & other botanicals they used while robbing the dead and dying.

DiGize Vitality: Supports a healthy digestive system. Helps alleviate nausea & upset/sour stomach. Supports a healthy immune system. Useful for occasional irregularity or constipation. Can offer relief from occasional heartburn. Alleviates fullness, bloating and occasional gas from overeating. Antispasmodic.

Stress Away: Help reduce nervous tension and induce relaxation. Use to add a fun and fresh flavor to water. Supports the nervous system when exposed to occasional stress. Invigorating and refreshing. Helps to reduce stressors so that normal sleep patterns can be maintained.

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HOW DO I GET STARTED?

I would absolutely love for you to join my team and I on this “Oily Adventure!” When you purchase the premium starter kit, you automatically become a Young Living member & will then receive their 24% off wholesale discount on future orders. I’m here to help and won’t let you go on this journey alone!

You do not have to renew your membership… the kit is a one-time purchase and you will remain a member as long as you spend $50 in a year. Your kit covers your whole first year & you will never be charged a renewal fee. If for some reason you choose not to make any further purchases, your membership just goes inactive after 12 months. 

In addition you will receive continued support from me personally, a little welcome gift from me and if you are on facebook I have an amazing oils education group with tons of resources and added support.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me, I am here to help and love what I do!!

If you are ready to jump in and grab your Premium Starter Kit, here are some incredibly simple sign-up steps!

 

  1. Go to Young Living

  2. Make sure “Member has a checkmark in the box

  3. Scroll down and you will see Sponsor and Enroller  # 2588702 click continue

  4. Choose your Premium Starter Kit. There is 4 different diffuser options to choose from. (all 4 include the oils we went over, the only difference is the diffuser)

  5. Choose if you would like to be on Essential Rewards. This is a monthly box shipped directly to your door, you choose what products you would like each month (never has to be the same), you earn points each month for your order that works like store credit; months 1-3 you earn 10% back, months 4-24 you will receive 20% back, and months 25+ you will receive 25% back. You can change your ship date, can cancel anytime (just be sure to use your points first), receive reduced shipping on your order, qualify for free bonus oils each month with monthly promos when you spend 100, 190, 250, or 300. There is a monthly minimum of 50. (don’t worry if your not sure what you would like to add for your first order can skip this part if you would like for now and join Essential Rewards anytime)

  6. Choose if you would like to add anything additional to your order, my suggestions is Thieves Household Cleaner, it’s AMAZING I literally clean my entire house with it and costs 50 cents a bottle to make. Then Click Next

  7. Fill out your membership information, sign in information (write this information down so you can easily log in later), choose individual commissions processing, read terms and conditions and click agree and continue

  8. Add payment information and that’s it!!

Once you have completed this to start learning right away, log into your virtual office at Young Living sign in and check out the “Getting Started” tab. Welcome to Young Living, I look forward to connecting with you. You will be receiving an email from me shortly with your getting started package details.

 

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Attention Girls,

Let’s talk tampons for a moment shall we. Let’s just clear the air…periods simply suck. I haven’t met a woman yet who looks forward to her monthly, have you?

Wanna know what sucks worse? Using tampons that are filled with toxic chemicals, dyes, synthetics, and fragrances. Yeah I didn’t know that was even a thing!

Yes. It totally is. Conventional cotton accounts for nearly 25% of the insecticides and 10% of the pesticides used throughout the world. So, the stuff lingering in the tampons we use during Aunt Flow’s week-long visit is damaging our health more than we can see.


As I have begun my journey to removing toxins from my life and home I am looking for alternatives to replace my brand I have used for the last 30 years. Simply I just never thought about toxins in feminine care products, seriously who would have thought!!

I am trying these this month, I found them at my local Target! Funny enough the panty liners were cheaper than the usual brand I purchase and work better and the tampons were the same price but I have not tested them yet so I can’t tell you how well they do or do not work just yet!


I am looking at a monthly subscription box, I haven’t tried it yet but with all the perks I am totally interested in trying it out!! The tampon subscription box is from a company called She which is an organic cotton customizable monthly subscription box. They offer free shipping, free email reminder before your box ships, you can cancel or skip a month at any time and they offer two box sizes 18 count ($10) or 32 count ($15) which you choose how many lite, regular, and super will be in your box. You can get a mix of them or one box with filled with just one size. It’s totally up to your needs. If you have tried them I would love to hear from you!

I encourage you to research what is in your monthly feminine care products and see why I am choosing to go organic on this one!! Did you know tampon and sanitary pad manufacturers aren’t required to disclose ingredients because feminine hygiene products are considered “medical devices.”

I was reading a blog on HuffPost and was shocked by this video that demonstrates what happens when an organic vs. conventional sanitary pad is burned. The 100 percent organic cotton pad, made by Natracare, burns slow and clean, leaving virtually no sooty residue. But the Always Infinity pad with its mostly undisclosed ingredients creates black smoke and thick residue, indicating the pad may contain dioxins, synthetic fibers and petrochemical additives. click here to read the full blog!

Do you use organic feminine products? I would love to hear the alternatives you have found to work well for you!

XOXO
Faith

Labels can be Deceiving

When I first started my head first dive into a healthier lifestyle back in 2009 I began with food. Reading labels looking for simple ingredients and if there was an ingredient I wasn’t sure what it was I looked it up. What I found is that if I can’t pronounce it generally it wasn’t good for my body and my health, with the exception of quinoa that one is the only exception! With my new found wisdom I am now in the habit of reading all food labels and that determines if I will buy a product or not. Then I got to thinking just last year what about the cleaners I use, the body wash, shampoo, makeup, lotion, and my face products?The skin is the largest organ of the body after all!! If I am big on taking care of my inside what am I doing to protect the outside?

I started reading ingredients again, this seemed even more complicated than the food because the labels portrayed that I was buying something that was a safe and healthy alternative to all the toxins found in typical products. I knew from research I was looking for products that were paraben free, sulfate free (SLS), free of phthalates, free from dyes, gluten free (for my son who has celiacs), Cocamidopropyl Betaine free, triclosan free, Polysorbate free, Behentrimonium Chloride free, Quaternium-15 free, Retinyl palmitate free, Phenoxyethanol free, and Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) free. Why are these not good for you? Let me briefly explain.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS)
A surfactant found in many cleaning products. Also an insecticide. The sodium and ammonium laureate sulfates are known cancer-causing ingredients. Also causes liver damage, skin rashes, depression, diarrhea and eye damage.

Fragrance
Fragrance of any kind isn’t good. It clogs the lymphatic system and induces major organ system toxicity. Also causes endocrine disruption.

Cocamidopropyl Betaine
This foaming agent has been associated with skin and eye irritation and allergic contact dermatitis. Although the government regards it as safe, many people have negative reactions to it.

Triclosan
With a moderate hazard rating, triclosan should be avoided at all costs. It can accumulate in our fat cells and keep our body in a state of toxicity. It causes irritation of the skin, eyes and lungs, and causes endocrine disruption and organ system toxicity.

Polysorbates
Used to dissolve fragrance or other oil additives. Often found in conditioners. It leaves a residue on the skin and scalp, disrupts the skin’s natural pH and destroys the natural protective barrier of our skin and scalp. Polysorbate-80 is the worst of the bunch – but stay clear of all!

Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)
Often found in conditioners, PEG contains dangerous dioxin levels, often found as a by-product of the ethoxylation process in manufacturing. Dioxins have a direct link to cancer, and also cause organ system toxicity.

Potassium Sorbate
Potassium sorbate is used as a preservative in hair-care products. It causes skin and organ system toxicity.

Phenoxyethanol
Another preservative used in cosmetics and hair care products. Causes organ system toxicity, and is an irritant to the skin, eyes and lungs. The FDA even warned that phenoxyethanol can cause shut down of the central nervous system, vomiting and contact dermatitis.

Retinyl Palmitate
Retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A, can speed the development of skin tumours and lesions, making it a possible carcinogen. Causes reproductive toxicity and organ system toxicity.

Dimethicone
Dimethicone is a silicone oil that can make the scalp and skin incredibly dry and irritated. It forms an almost plastic-like barrier on the outside of the skin and traps bacteria, sebum and impurities with it. It is also an eye irritant and is non-biodegradable and horrible for the environment.

Behentrimonium Chloride
Behentrimonium Chloride is a type of ammonium salt used as a preservative and surfactant. It is a toxic compound, with concentrations of 0.1% and higher having been shown to damage the eyes. It is irritating to the skin and causes inflammation.

Quaternium-15
This lovely chemical is another quaternary ammonium salt used as a surfactant and preservative in personal care products. It acts as a formaldehyde releaser and is definitely not safe. Formaldehyde is extremely carcinogenic, and should be avoided at all costs.

PABA
This is an ingredient in many different cosmetics, sunscreen, and other beauty products, stands for para-aminobenzoic acid. Paba is linked to Dermatitis and can lead to a variety of skin abnormalities when applied topically, ranging from discoloration to cancer, Female Infertility, Liver damage, and Vitiligo.

I downloaded the Think Dirty app and to my surprise I found what I had been buying wasn’t better after all. Here is an example of how labels can be misleading and deceptive. I bought this because from the labeling it appeared to be a good alternative, as the label clearly states it contains ZERO sulfates, parabens, dyes, gluten, phthalates, propylene glycol. So what is missing? It contains fragrance, diazolidinyl urea, SLS, and iodopropynyl butycarmate. Which on a 1-10 scale, 10 being the most toxic this rates a 9 in the Think Dirty app.  I highly recommend that you download this app and start scanning products in your house that you use everyday, see what’s exactly in them and why they aren’t good for you.

 

 

Why don’t we want fragrance? because it is a Hormone Disruptor, it clogs the lymphatic system and induces major organ system toxicity.

What about Diazolidinyl Urea? it allows chemicals to penetrate deeper into the skin and has been shown to release formaldehyde!! Health impacts of this one is skin irritation, may trigger Eczema, and allergies. Did you know The EU commission limit the use of this chemical at .5% because it is a formaldehyde releasing agent which is considered carcinogen.

Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate this is used as a foaming agent and cause cause skin irritation and Japan has restricted it in the use of cosmetics.

As for Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate it is a water base that was originally used in the wood and paint industries and is now common in cosmetics and personal care products, it has health effects of endocrine disruptors. 

A great place to researching some of these ingredients and more is Pub Med.

After learning all this and still continuing to be shocked when I scan things in the store with the Think Dirty app…This is why I fell in love with Young Living, I don’t have to worry about what
I am putting on my skin, my kids skin, or using on my animals. They only use quality ingredients, that won’t cause harm to our bodies. This is a great option and it makes your hair feel amazing! Plus when I order from Young Living on Essential Rewards I get 25% back in rewards points that I am able to use on more products and as as additional bonus I get many freebies each month just for ordering my everyday products such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash, dish soap, house cleaner, and more. If you already know about Young Living and are ready to order click here (if not read on)

If you would like to Learn More about Young Living visit their seed to seal website. If you would like to know more about essential oils or toxic free living, email me I would be happy to send you the link to my Essential Oils 101 class or Toxic free living recording. If you are on Facebook and would like to join my private Essential Oils group to learn more friend me on Facebook and send me a private message, let’s connect, I want to help you!

Before I end this post I want to share with you about Young Living just incase your like me and need information before you decide anything. I do encourage you to research and if you need help at any time please email me, I sincerely want to help!!

So here is the bottom line when ordering from Young Living; You can buy the oils retail from my site by clicking here However to buy the oils in the most economical way (this is the way I got started and I am all about being frugal) you can become a “wholesale member.” In return you get the oils at a wholesale discount of 24% off retail, plus access to other offers such as Essential Rewards which is the program I mentioned earlier, and Young Living gives you free products when ordering at different price points every month. When you sign up, I get a commission {I think it is super important to be clear on that!}. If – and ONLY if – you choose to sign someone else up, will you get a commission, it’s an option you are not required to sign up anyone at any time. For a whole year, I didn’t actively try to sign anyone up.  (I don’t recommend waiting that long if you love the oils and want to share) You never have to sign anyone up or share the oils.  You can simply enjoy the wholesale pricing with zero strings attached. For real. I recommend starting with the Premium kit because you get lots of oils in actual jars, and a diffuser. {see more below}

But here is where Young Living differs from others other than their Seed to Seal Promise (which is HUGE): There is NO regular purchase commitment! In other words, you don’t have to maintain a certain order amount, and you are not locked into any specific purchase commitment, you can simply order when you need to. (I must state that in order to keep your wholesale membership you do need to purchase 50 PV ($50) per year but this can be anytime in the year) For me, this was the kicker other than the products themselves and the seed to seal promise. When you don’t NEED something, why in the world should you HAVE to buy it? {Of course, you will probably find, like me, that you have a zillion reasons why you need your oils.} which leads me to better explain Essential Rewards.

Young Living does offer a monthly order program I like to call it my monthly box…you know like bark box or birchbox? It’s called Essential Rewards, but this is totally optional. Yay!! I did this from the start because I wanted all the oils. With ER {Essential Rewards}  I like that I get a percentage back in product credit as I build my collection of oils and replace the oils that we run out of every month because we use them everyday, hello Lavender!! In addition Young Living has what I like to call Specials every month, they call them promotions. There are different price points, 100 only on ER, 190, 250, and 300. With each of those price points you are given FREE products and every month is different products. Check out this month’s specials!!

If you’re interested in joining up to purchase wholesale, click here

Step by step instructions on how to join Young Living Essential Oils:

1. Click here to begin the enrollment process. It’s super easy!

2. Wholesale Member will already be selected. Again, this is the wholesale membership…with NO strings attached. It is AMAZING! If you select “Retail Customer” you will not receive wholesale pricing, you won’t have access to starter kits and you will pay retail cost which is 24% more than wholesale. Yikes!

3. Make sure my member number {2588702} is in both the Sponsor ID and Enroller ID spots.

4. PLEASE be sure to include your email address. If you don’t, I have no way to invite you to the Dream Team Oilers University Facebook support group and I can’t support you as you begin your journey with essential oils. I love this FB page and am on there a lot learning more and more everyday how people are using and having success with the oils.

5. Choose the kit you want. {I highly recommend the PREMIUM KIT.} It’s the first kit you see when you are signing up.  Then proceed to checkout. You can skip the Essential Rewards part for now unless you would like to join ER right away. If you would I suggest Thieves Household Cleaner and one of the shampoo’s and conditioners, or some body wash or bar soap.

6. That’s it! Your oils will be on their way to your doorstep! Welcome to Young Living!!!

If you have any concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. My email is faithfanniel@cox.net

xoxo,
Faith

Young Living Distributor #2588702

 

The 7 F’s I needed to hear!

I am an avid reader, I love reading I was not always that way though, I use to dread it and put if off hoping there would be a movie of it someday. However a few years ago I decided I needed to read, it would be good for me, so I decided the 30-40 mins I wait in the pickup line waiting on my kids to get out of school I would take that time to read, because let’s face it I can find distractions I don’t need help in that department. I took it day by day and before you know it I had read an entire book! That’s where it started and now 4 years later I am still reading every school day in the pickup line.

One of the books I read last year is called Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World by Dave Braun and Troy Amdahl, I blazed through this book; looking forward to my daily reading time so when I heard they had written a book just for women I knew I needed it. I pre-ordered it through Barnes and Noble and couldn’t wait the 3 months for its release. Well I didn’t have to, when I was chosen along with several other bloggers  to read and review  Oola for Women

Oola for Women is AMAZING! I didn’t want to stop reading it, so I will admit the first two nights I had it, yep I stayed up an extra hour just to read more of it. Add this book to your reading this for this summer, this year, or grab it for a Mother’s day gift!

Oola is living a balanced life and growing in 7 key areas of health and wellbeing. Using the 7 F’s, Faith Fitness, Finance, Friends, Family, Field, and Fun. 

The authors take you on a journey of understanding the importance of all 7 areas of your life. Showing you how to make change and grow. The stories are inspirational and motivational, I felt a personal connection to many of the stories from women in this book. They reached out and touched my heart and soul. The women share their struggles, successes, discouragement, and renewed faith. No matter where you are in your journey, this book is a must have not only a captivating read but an excellent resource that you will be able to use again and again as we all have different season throughout our lifetime.

This is not your typical self-help book, I have read many and so many of them are quite similar. Usually raw and in your face but never telling you steps for making change, the back of this book has tools to help you discover what needs work most and tips to help you get started on making changes to better yourself.

After reading this book I felt inspired, ready to work on my areas I needed most to work on. Which I will admit I was surprised to learn that my Faith needed the most help. This last year I have not been faithful in my tithing I do it occasionally but not every month as I know I should and I have withdrawn from church instead of finding a church that feels like home I have been watching online; which doesn’t give me the interaction and fellowship that I need. I am working on finding a church again and tithing faithfully, I even started a journal again with my prayer time and deep conversations with God.

Friends there are areas of our lives that we just ROCK and areas that we just need a little help, so let’s ROCK our lives and be the best versions of ourselves; grab your book and be a Oola Women with me!

 

I want to give a BIG Thank You to the Oola guys for writing this book! It has touched me and inspired me in a loving way!

BUY YOUR COPY BELOW BEFORE THE MAY 2, 2017 RELEASE!

AMAZON

BARNES & NOBLE

xoxo,
Faith

GamePlan Review and Resources

If you are a Young Living Distributor you need this book! If you are thinking about turning your love and passion for essential oils into an income you need this book! What book am I talking about?? Gameplan: The complete Strategy Guide to go from Starter Kit to Silver by Sarah Harnisch. I got this book off Amazon the end of February this year and could not put it down once I started reading it!

I was amazed at the amount of information in this book, all the tips, tricks and tools that I wish I had when I first started my oil journey back in February 24, 2015. There is a lot of books, groups, videos, and people out there to help you but nothing like this one. It is a step by step guide that you can use over and over and over again. It’s easy to duplicate, making the simplest way to build your business! The book itself is easy to read and follow along with and there is past recorded videos that the author did that is available on her website to anyone. This book has been a big blessing to me. I love her positivity and I love that she shares her knowledge and experiences. This is a phenomenal tool available to all Young Living distributors, no matter who your enroller or sponsor are! After reading this book I was so excited about what I had learned and I knew everyone would benefit from it!

Another leader and I put together a book study using this book, workbook and videos for our team. We are only half way through it now, but I can say I have seen confidence grow, people not letting their fears stop them from what they want anymore, they are going forth boldly with a heart filled with Hustle and grabbing their dreams by the horns.

In following Sarah’s lead to share with others, I created a few things for my team during this book study and would like to share them with you as well.

When she goes over follow-up in Chapter 10 she gives you step by step instructions and to follow with those I took the wording from her book and created a how to order card and starter kit card to put in my follow-up bags. Each one will print 4 to a 9×11 cardstock paper, then you just use a paper-cutter or scissors and cut them into 4 separate cards to fit in 4×6 bags for simple sharing.

Here is the link to my google drive for those printable files: Printable Files
 

 

You can find the books here:

Gameplan The complete Strategy Guide to go from Starter kit to Silver

Gameplan workbook

Gameplan Bootcamp Videos: http://oilabilityteam.com/gameplan-bootcamp/

If you’re a planner girl like me I also made stickers for my planner and have them available in my etsy shop. You can find them here: GamePlan Stickers
If you would like to learn more about my oil journey please visit me here: http://theoilery.net/team-members/faith-2/
xoxo,
Faith

Stand Up and Unite

Recently I decided to watch Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, based on the book Thirteen Reasons Why  by Jay Asher. I have not read the book so can not compare the two, but the show I have mixed feelings about. The show is drawn out far too long, the book itself is only 288 pages long and is drawn out into 13 hours of television. If you haven’t seen the show or read the book yet, I won’t spoil it for you it is worth the watch. It’s about a girl who commits suicide based on events that all take place within roughly two years of High School. After her death she leaves tapes behind to explain why she ended her life. The tapes are heard by those who she feels impacted her decision to take her own life one afternoon. It switches between current day and the past events while her story is being told. This in my opinion shows how events in life can add up, leaving them to sometimes feeling alone, worthless, and helpless. People may not be aware that they are being cruel or mean, they might find humor in what they say or do to another but to the person who is on the other end of that they are not finding the humor in it one bit. So this got me thinking about bullies and life events, how when we connect with others even on the smallest level we leave our touch. For all of us we must think before we speak!

Schools these days have anti-bullying policies but what is the definition of bully?

Bullying is different from the typical disagreements or conflict that occur between friends or classmates. What’s the difference?

It’s bullying if:

  • The person is being hurt, harmed or humiliated with words or behavior.
  • The behavior is repeated, though it can be a single incident.
  • It is being done intentionally.
  • The person being hurt has a hard time defending themselves from the behavior.
  • The student(s) who are doing it have more power.*

* ”Power” can include such things as being older, being physically bigger or stronger, having more social status, or when a group of students “gang up” on someone.

What Bullying is not…

  • single episodes of social rejection or dislike
  • single episode acts of nastiness or spite
  • random acts of aggression or intimidation
  • mutual arguments, disagreements or fights.

So why am I writing about this?  Suicide, depression, bullying are all close to my heart. I am a friend of someone who took their own life, I have been in a situation that left me feeling pretty sad, others I know have also had some tough experiences and depression well I have seen and felt too. I believe based on my own experiences that it will take a tribe to create healing and to put a stop to bullies, to people feeling so alone when they experience certain things in life! If everyone shares their story and no longer becomes afraid to speak out about their life, just maybe there can be change.

I have always been a very private person but I was once a social butterfly, but airing my dirty laundry has never been my forte. Let me briefly tell you about three experiences, one is my personal experience, one happened to my daughter, and one to my god-daughter. These three are from separate age groups; adult, adolescent, grade school.

I once had a friend or so I thought I had a friend; she opened my eyes to a whole new world. One day she was my “friend” the next day she was lying to me, spreading rumors about me, using social media to continually harass me; you see the thing about a bully over social media is that it’s really difficult to make it stop. The hundreds of emails, the hundreds of fake Facebook profiles they create, and wow does news spread like wildfire…even if it’s nothing but gossip and lies. Waking up day after day for more than a year to emails, Facebook posts, and text messages that just make you want to crawl in a hole and never come out again. Not knowing who you can trust, who is your friend and who is your enemy. Eventually I was able to prove what she had been doing and was able to get a restraining order against her, but that did not stop her from leaving boxes on my door in the middle of the night, creating new fake Facebook identities to continue her social media bullying, or talking. I was blown away that adults act like this! Women turning on women when we are supposed to be uplifting and supporting one another. So like in the tv show, the paranoia you feel is overwhelming, not wanting to log on to Facebook or leave your house because you just might run into that person and what then? Anxiety and depression begin to take control and before you know it, you’re not even sure who you are anymore. You don’t want to be afraid to create new friendships, or join in on connecting with others, social events, or just going to the store but it happens and before you know it. How do you come back? I can’t say what the magic was for me, but I leaned on my family, read a lot of books,  focused on healing, got my privacy settings in order, and above all surrounded myself with love, positivity, encouragement and prayed a whole lot. Eventually over time there was a pause and I was able to breathe again.

Here is another instance, girl and guy date briefly for a few months but when girl wants to break up and end the relationship guy acts out. He was angry and he chose to react by spreading rumors all over school about the girl, one day she has her group of friends and the next all the friends are gone, because they were his friends first for the most part. She could hear whispers in the halls and in class, then the social media chaos began. Again it didn’t matter if you blocked all those people because they just create new profiles and somehow still have friends of friends that help unknowingly manage to get on your page to comment or are able to have others do their commenting for them. Slowly but surely there was no friends left. Like in the movie there were signs something was going on, her moods changed. She would sleep a lot, stopped going outside, and was very withdrawn and quiet, her once A/B grade average fell to D’s and F’s. It took me a week or two to get her to open up about what was going on, when she did tell me I got a restraining order because the boy had also threatened her brother and her in a text message. However, because they all went to the same High School that piece of paper had very little meaning. I met with the school counselor and campus police officer, giving them copies of the restraining order that included that her nor her brother would have contact with offender. That paper was not taken seriously by the school, they allowed the boy to go to their lunch hour when he would ditch his own the hour before. When I gave the school a list of all students that were participating in the rumors and gossip, I was told they can do nothing about it. They offered to segregate my her, to have her eat her lunch in the office. Which made her feel punished rather than supported. It was a very long year for her, who was hurt by the mean things people would say about her and to her, losing all her friends and feeling alone. Eventually things did calm down, my she left the High School and finished her last year online. To this day and it’s years later, when she see’s him on the street or passes by him in the store her heart races, adrenaline pumping, fear and panic set it.

Little kids can be just as cruel with their words. Now let me tell you about a super sweet little girl who had a school bus bully, she was only in first grade. Getting on the bus everyday should be exciting at this age, learning is fun but it wasn’t for her. Everyday she was very unwelcome by a little boy who was continually mean to her. Why did he choose her? I don’t know but he did, day after day she couldn’t understand why he didn’t like her, why he was so cruel. How did the school handle it? He eventually lost his privilege to ride the school bus, no longer able to bully on the bus. But did he stop while he was at school? I don’t know but how can the schools completely stop bullying? My youngest son will tell you he thinks there needs to be a “special” school for bullies, that they need to be separated and reformed. I don’t have all the answers, does anyone truly? No, or this would not be a continued problem.

There are many other times I could tell you about, when one of my son’s was bullied for two school years from the same kid, my son was suspended for 3 days in Kindergarten for standing up for himself after being bullied for nearly an entire school year, or the time that my son was chased for weeks on his way home from a classmate who didn’t even live in our neighborhood, or how my other son was bullied on the school bus daily for a school year, or when someone close to me was bullied in High School by a group of girls who were once her friends and one day decided she didn’t belong in their group any longer so they wrote on the bathroom stalls, calling her mean names and spreading rumors about school that were flat-out lies this went on for months before she eventually quit going to school and became a High School drop out…this one closely resembles the movie closely however she did not take her life; she is an adult now. I can’t help wonder though if some of her relationship issues she faces today are because of how she was treated back then, I know she carries that pain and truthfully is anyone really able to let go? Of course you can forgive those who wronged you, made you cry, run and hide, but even when they aren’t chanting in your ear or posting on-line about you the memories are still there. It can be very damaging!

Together if we all one by one take a stand and unite against bullying no matter what form it’s being done in, then we can make a difference. If you see it happening, don’t turn the other way SAY something, tell someone, it very well could be that the person it’s happening to isn’t in a place to speak up maybe they don’t know how or maybe they too are afraid. If you are being bullied, do your best to find the strength to tell someone and if they don’t listen tell someone else, just keep talking until someone listens. If you’ve been bullied speak up, share about it, you never know it might give someone who needs a little light of hope just what they were searching for at that time.

I bought my youngest son and I t-shirts from Target, I love that they offer this shirt! It is made for both boys and girls. It’s from their Cat & Jack™ line of clothing.

I hope to create awareness, that it can happen at any age! To let others who are being bullied to know they are not alone, to the parents of those being bullied I hope you know that you are not alone.

There are many websites that provide awareness and education. Here are just a few links to some of those pages.

Violence Prevention Works

Stop Bullying

National Centre Against Bullying

The Bully Project

National Bullying Prevention Center

Book:

TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY book

 

xoxo,
Faith

Why do we need Supplements and Enzymes?

I have been researching supplements and wanted to share a few things I have found, would love to hear what you use and have found as well. Have you heard about Dr. Jim Bob’s Core 4? What about Young Living’s enzymes products?

Dr Jim Bob’s core 4, he recommends this to all his patients; he says everyone should be taking these and I am going to share with you why.
1. Cod Liver
2. Vitamin D: helps thyroid
3. Probiotics: gut health
4. Greens

Why Cod LIver?
It is one of the best sources of omega 3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) and contains relatively high amounts of vitamin A and vitamin D. Anti-Inflammatory, helps to balance cholesterol levels, lower risk for cancer, Arthritis, diabetes, boosts fertility (pregnancy: Helps with Growth and Development), improves brain function, depression, Maintain Bone Health, and improving gastric ulcer healing.

OmegaGize³™ combines the power of three core daily supplements-omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin D-3, and CoQ10

Why Vitamin D?
Is important for the regulation of calcium and phosphorus absorption, maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, and is suggested to supply a protective effect against multiple diseases and conditions such as cancer, type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis.

Why Probiotics?
Is important for overall digestive health, Probiotics are bacteria that line your digestive tract and support your body’s ability to absorb nutrients and fight infection. Why is gut health important, our digestive systems are the second largest part of our neurological system. Probiotics aid in boosting immune system, preventing UTI, healing inflammatory bowel conditions like IBS, improving digestive function, managing eczema in children, and fighting food-borne illnesses.

Life 9 is Young livings probiotic, it does not contain any ingredients derived from dairy.

(NOTE: most probiotics contain ingredients derived from dairy, if you have an allergy or intolerance to dairy there is important)

Why Greens?
Basicly everyone comes up short on the amount of fruits and vegetables our bodies need, so a greens supplement helps to bridge that gap. Greens supplements are alkaline, and one of their main benefits is their ability to improve your body’s acid-base balance. An unbalanced pH may lead to decreased bone health, excessive cortisol, and slightly impaired thyroid function. All green supplements are not made the same, so be sure to read labels.

YL Multigreens is a nutritious chlorophyll formula designed to boost vitality by working with the glandular, nervous, and circulatory systems.

Consuming enough fruits and vegetables can reduce:
Cardiovascular disease
Various cancers (colon, prostate, breast, cervical, endometrial, gastric, lung, lymphoma, ovarian, pancreatic, thyroid)
High blood cholesterol
High blood pressure
Type 2 diabetes
Obesity
Stroke
Eye disease
Asthma
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Osteoporosis

In addition, Why are enzymes important to our bodies, what is the difference between them and how do you use them? Lindsay Elmore did a quick video all about it.

https://youtu.be/8zzZxgsuEG0

Why do I need enzymes?
Enzymes are proteins that control the speed of chemical reactions in your body. Without enzymes, these reactions would take place too slowly to keep you alive. Some enzymes, like the ones in your gut, break down large molecules into smaller ones.

Enzymes are so important for digestion.

Enzymes can speed the rate of healing.

Enzymes can help give the body a much needed rest when breaking down foods in the stomach and elsewhere, so the body can continue to give the much needed energy into the area needing for healing and not have to slow down to send energy to the digestive tract.

Enzymes really boost the body when working so hard at getting rid of things it doesn’t need. It also needs support and balancing of the body when doing cleansing.

Here is a chart to help you choose which enzyme supplement is right for you.

If you would like to learn more about Young Living visit me at http://theoilery.net/team-members/faith-2/

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.