Benefits of Diffusing Essential Oils

WHY SHOULD YOU DIFFUSE ESSENTIAL OILS

What do you think of when you hear the word aromatherapy? Lighting a nice scented candle? Adding essential oils to a wax warmer? Using an air freshener? Either way, I bet you think of filling a room with a nice fragrance, right? Well, this isn’t actually true aromatherapy…it’s more like fragrancing. If you are using air fresheners (blagh!), perfume grade essential oils (blagh!), or candles (blagh!) it can actually be toxic fragrancing. True aromatherapy is so much more than just a nice scent. True aromatherapy can have profound effects on our health and well-being, body, mind, and emotions. To experience the many benefits of true aromatherapy, you need to use high-quality essential oils (like Young Living essential oils). You also need to disperse the essential oils into the air using an ultrasonic or cold air diffuser (as heating essential oils destroys the oils’ therapeutic properties).

*To clarify: You can use essentials oils in a wax warmer. However, please use a good quality essential oil versus a perfume grade essential oil. FYI… Heating essential oils will only make your home smell nice. Because heat destroys the therapeutic properties of essential oils, you won’t get any health benefits from putting essential oils into a wax warmer. However, diffusing essential oils will fill your home with an amazing scent and allow you to experience the true health benefits of aromatherapy. :)

Benefits of diffusing essential oils:

As stated above, diffusing essential oils can offer an abundance of health benefits. The benefits seem endless, but I summarized some of them below.

  • promotes a restful nights sleep
  • improves concentration and focus
  • stimulates secretion of endorphins
  • improves concentration, alertness, mental clarity, and focus
  • invigorates and energizes
  • freshens the air and neutralizes odors
  • deepens your spiritual connection
  • creates a spa like atmosphere
  • balances emotions and uplifts mood
  • supports the immune system
  • supports the respiratory system
  • soothes nerves and relieves occasional tension
  • and so much more!

My favorite essential oil diffuser:

Young Living offers many high quality essential oil diffusers. I diffuse my essential oils using the Young Living Home Diffuser (because this diffuser rocks and also because it came in the Premium Starter Kit). The Home Diffuser is a cold air diffuser. It combines a humidifier, air purifier, atomizer, and aromatherapy diffuser into one product that safely releases essential oils into the air. The Home Diffuser breaks the essential oils and water into millions of micro-particles, disperses them into the air, and activates the powerful plant constituents found in Young Living essential oils. The fine mist that comes out of the diffuser will actually sit in the air for hours, providing therapeutic benefits long after your diffuser has finished running!

How to use the Young Living Home Diffuser:

The Home Diffuser contains a water reservoir, which holds about 1/2 cup of water. Open the water reservoir by lifting the lid. Fill the reservoir to the fill line with room temperature distilled or purified water (distilled is preferred). Then add about 5-8 drops (adjust per your preference) of your favorite Young Living essential oil to the water (we usually use 5-6 drops). Replace the lid. Turn the diffuser on by pressing the button on the front of the diffuser (green light). Press the button again to put diffuser on the alternating 30 second on/off setting (red light). To turn the diffuser off, press the button a third time. To turn the ambient light off while running, simply press and hold the button for about 2 seconds until the LED light turns off. The diffuser will shut off automatically when out of water.

How often and how long should you diffuse essential oils?

I personally find it helpful to diffuse essential oils on a daily basis. My hubby and I usually run our diffuser until it runs out of water and it shuts off on its own. However, diffusing essential oils for even just 10 minutes, 3 times per day will support your health.

How do you know which essential oil you should diffuse for specific support?

Each essential oil offers its own set of benefits. You’ll definitely want to obtain a reference guide when you start using essential oils. A reference guide will tell you which oil to use for relaxing, energizing, etc. Here are a couple of places where you can buy reference guides.

Are you ready to start diffusing essential oils? Get your Home Diffuser, essential oils, just over $20.00 worth of oiling gifts, and access to Oil Moxie for support here!

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DIY Hand Soap with Young Living Essential Oils

DIY FOAMING HAND SOAP WITH ESSENTIAL OILS

Remember the Tips for Chemical Free Living blog post that I wrote last month? Well, I am proud to say that Scott and I have continued our bottle swapping journey. Most recently, I swapped our store bought hand soap for a DIY hand soap (made with my Young Living essential oils, of course). All of the ingredients in my homemade foaming hand soap get an “A” rating from the Environmental Working Group. An “A” rating means that the ingredient (or product) possess few/no known or suspected hazards to health or the environment. You gotta love that!

You Will Need:

  • 1 foaming hand soap dispenser (reuse an empty dispenser or you can buy one from Abundant Health)
  • 2 Tablespoons of castile soap (from Abundant Health)
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable glycerin (from Abundant Health)
  • 10 drops of  your favorite Young Living essential oils (I like Purification essential oil because it comes in the Premium Starter Kit)

DIY Foaming Hand Soap Recipe:

  • Add 2 Tablespoons of castile soap, 2 teaspoons of vegetable glycerin, and 10 drops of your favorite Young Living  essential oil to your foaming hand soap dispenser. Fill the remainder of the bottle up with water, put the cap on, and ta-da!

Total Cost of Your DIY Foaming Hand Soap:

  • 1 foaming hand soap dispenser: $1.49. You can cut this cost if you have an empty bottle that you can reuse. If you do need to purchase a foaming soap dispenser, keep in mind that this is a one time purchase as you can refill it each time.
  • 2 Tablespoons of castile soap: $0.53
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable glycerin: $0.36
  • 10 drops of Young Living Purification essential oil: $0.75 (wholesale member cost).

—> First batch of foaming hand soap (if you need to purchase the dispenser) = $3.13

—> Refill batches of foaming hand soap (since you can reuse the dispenser) = $1.64

—> Did you know that you can make your own foaming hand soap for even less? Here’s how:

  • As a Young Living wholesale member, you can enroll in the Essential Rewards Program. The Essential Rewards program allows you to earn up to 20%  back, which you can cash in for free oils!

 Questions? Just ask! Want to get your own oils? Click here!

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Mailbox Remedies: My December 2014 Young Living Essential Oils Order

Young Living Essential Oils Essential Oils Order December 2014

Whoopsies! Forgot the Joy in the picture!

It’s been a while since I blogged about my Mailbox Remedies. I had such a great Young Living Essential Rewards order this month that I just had to share! I reordered a few oiling favorites this month. I also ordered several new Young Living essential oils (and a new bar soap) that I am so excited to try. Some of the oils I ordered this month were under or right around $20 so I was able to bulk up our order this month. Merry Christmas to Scott and I! :)

Joy essential oil blend:

I reorder Joy every few months. Joy is a blend of Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Rosewood, Lemon, Madarin, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Palmarosa, and Rose essential oil. Joy does a great job of uplifting our mood and keeping us in a positive frame of mind.

Melrose essential oil blend:

This is the first time I ordered Melrose. Melrose a blend of Melaleuca Alternifolia, Melaleuca Quinquenervia, Rosemary, and Clove essential oil. Melrose is supposed to be great for cleansing and soothing the skin. I keep hearing how much people love this oil so I just had to order it!

Thieves essential oil blend:

I order a bottle of Thieves every single month. Seriously…every month. Thieves is a blend of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oil. We use Thieves daily to support our immune and respiratory system. Thieves is one of my favorite essential oils to use this time of year.

Clove essential oil:

This is the first time I ordered Clove essential oil. I love having a whole arsenal of oils to support our body’s natural defenses and this one will fit right in with the others I already have on hand.

Deep Relief essential oil roll-on:

Deep Relief is a blend of Peppermint, Lemon, Balsam Fir, Copaiba, Clove, Wintergreen, Helichrysum, Vetiver, and Palo Santo essential oil. I ordered Deep Relief for the first time last month. My hubby has been working hard on getting our snowmobiles tweaked and tuned up for the snow so I gave him the entire bottle of Deep Relief to use at his disposal on his neck and back when he comes in from the garage. Scott says that Deep Relief is one of his new favorite oils. I bought my own bottle of Deep Relief this month so we don’t have to share. :)

Lavender essential oil:

Lavender is an oil we use and order pretty often because it is so gentle and so versatile. We use Lavender for a TON of things.

Pine essential oil:

This is the first time I’ve ordered Pine. It just seemed to fit well with Holidays! :)

Vetiver essential oil:

Vetiver essential oil was the free promotional oil this month (I got it for ordering 190 PV). I am excited about this oil because it is supposed to be quite effective at decreasing the jitters and promoting relaxation.

Wintergreen essential oil:

This is the first time that I ordered Wintergreen. I absolutely love how Wintergreen smells and I am looking forward to diffusing this oil. It also a great oil to have on hand to soothe muscles.

Thieves bar soap:

I ordered the Thieves bar soap for the first time last month. This is by far the best soap I have ever used! I have tried so many different bar soaps and body washes and this is the first time I have been able to find one that leaves me feeling and smelling 100% clean.

Lemon Sandalwood bar soap:

I loved the Thieves bar soap so much that had to try another scent. I never thought it was possible to be so excited about bar soap!

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How to Dilute Essential Oils Using Recycled Bottles

Tips for Pre-Diluting Your YLEO

You can also check a reference guide for essential oil dilution instructions.

I wrote a blog post the other day titled “How to Reuse Your Empty Young Living Essential Oil Bottles.” If you read it, you will know that empty essential oil bottles are perfect for pre-diluting your essential oils. Having your Young Living essential oils already diluted, allows for quick and easy oil application of your favorite essential oils (especially if you are on-the-go). To piggy back off of my “How to Reuse Your Empty Young Living Essential Oil Bottles” blog post, this one will teach you how to dilute essential oils using those recycled bottles.

Tip # 1) Check the back of each Young Living essential oil bottle – or – your reference guide

There is a label on the back of each Young Living essential oil bottle. If that essential oil is primarily used topically, the label will tell you whether that essential oil should be diluted with a carrier oil before applying it to the skin. You can also check your reference guide for dilution instructions. Young Living essential oils typically require no dilution, a 1:1 dilution (1 drop of essential oil in at least 1 drop of carrier oil), or a 1:4 dilution (1 drop of essential oil in at least 4 drops of carrier oil).

Tip # 2) Store a small amount of carrier oil in a glass dropper bottle

My favorite carrier oil is Young Living’s V-6 oil (other carrier oils like olive oil can also be used). I keep a small amount of V-6 oil in a 2 ounce glass dropper bottle to assure my ratios are accurate when I am pre-diluting my essential oils. If you don’t have a glass dropper bottle, however, no worries…I have tips below for you too.

Tip # 3) How to pre-dilute Young Living essential oils in recycled 5-ml bottles (holds about 80 drops)

-For an essential oil that is to be diluted 1:1 (1 drop of essential oil to at least 1 drop of carrier oil):

  • To fill the whole 5-ml bottle, add 40 drops of essential oil and 40 drops of carrier oil (or add 40 drops of essential oil and fill the rest of the bottle up with carrier oil)
  • To fill half of the 5-ml bottle, add 20 drops of essential oil and 20 drops of carrier oil (or add 20 drops of essential oil and add carrier oil until the bottle is half full)

-For an essential oil that is to be diluted 1:4 (1 drop of essential oil to at least 4 drops of carrier oil):

  • To fill the whole 5-ml bottle, add 16 drops of essential oil and 64 drops of carrier oil (or add 16 drops of essential oil and fill the rest of the bottle up with carrier oil)
  • To fill half of the 5-ml bottle, add 8 drops of essential oil and 32 drops of carrier oil (or add 8 drops of essential oil and add carrier oil until the bottle is half full)

Because essential oils differ in consistency, these measurements are approximate. Therefore, be sure to pay attention as you fill your bottles. You don’t want it to overflow!

Tip # 4) How to pre-dilute Young Living essential oils in recycled 15-ml bottles (holds about 250 drops)

-For an essential oil that is to be diluted 1:1 (1 drop of essential oil to at least 1 drop of carrier oil):

  • To fill the whole 15-ml bottle, add 125 drops of essential oil and 125 drops of carrier oil (or add 125 drops of essential oil and fill the rest of the bottle up with carrier oil)
  • To fill half of the 15-ml bottle, add 63 drops of essential oil and 63 drops of carrier oil (or add 63 drops of essential oil and add carrier oil until the bottle is half full)

-For an essential oil that is to be diluted 1:4 (1 drop of essential oil to at least 4 drops of carrier oil):

  • To fill the whole 15-ml bottle, add 50 drops of essential oil and 200 drops of carrier oil (or add 50 drops of essential oil and fill the rest of the bottle up with carrier oil)
  • To fill half of the 15-ml bottle, add 25 drops of essential oil and 100 drops of carrier oil (or add 25 drops of essential oil and add carrier oil until the bottle is half full)

Because essential oils differ in consistency, these measurements are approximate. Therefore, be sure to pay attention as you fill your bottles. You don’t want it to overflow!

Tip # 5) How to pre-dilute Young Living essential oils for infants and small children in recycled bottles

-Essential oils are typically diluted much more for use infants and young children. According to the Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 1-2 drops of essential oil is diluted in at least 1/2-1 teaspoon of carrier oil. A small amount of the diluted mixture is then applied to the skin.

  • a 5-ml bottle holds about 1 teaspoon
  • a 15-ml bottle holds about 3 teaspoons or 1 Tablespoon

Because essential oils differ in consistency, these measurements are approximate. Therefore, be sure to pay attention as you fill your bottles. You don’t want it to overflow!

Tip # 6) Use Young Living AromaGlide Roller Fitments

Make topical application with your essential oils easier yet by using Young Living’s AromaGlide Roller Fitments (aka: roller-balls). The fitments come 10 per pack and fit on a 5-ml and 15-ml Young Living essential oil bottle. I love Young Living’s roller-ball fitments! When I want to use my pre-diluted essential oil, I just give my bottle a quick shake, unscrew the cap, and roll it right on my skin. Seriously…it doesn’t get any easier than that! :)

GET YOUR OWN OILS

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How to Reuse Empty Young Living Essential Oil Bottles

Do you have a hard time throwing your empty Young Living essential oil bottles away? I do! Tossing these high quality and cute little bottles in the garbage just seems so wasteful. I threw my first several empty bottles away until I realized that I could reuse them. Learn how to reuse empty Young Living essential oil bottles below. You will never toss them again! :)

Reuse Young Living Essential Oil Bottles

Step 1

Carefully remove the label from the Young Living essential oil bottle. If you look real closely, there is a place to peel the label up on the bottom of each bottle. If you go slowly enough, you’ll have no problem removing the label. Every so often, I get a label that gives me a little trouble, but for the most part the labels peel off pretty easily.

Remove the Label From the Bottle

Step 2

Remove the caps and peel the tops off of each Young Living essential oil bottle. Sometimes I keep the caps and tops. Other times, I toss them in the garbage. I’ll give you tips below for both options.

Take Covers and Tops Off

Step 3

Fill a glass jar with Epsom salt. I cleaned and reused an empty coconut oil jar (you can also use a large mason jar). Dump any lingering drops of essential oil into the jar. Then, place each essential oil bottle into the jar, cover, and let sit until you are ready for step 4 (below). I let my essential oil bottles sit in the Epsom salt until the jar is full of empty bottles and I am ready to clean them all at once. I carefully rotate the jar around from time to time (so the oils evenly mix with the Epsom salt).

*Speaking from experience, make sure you take the labels off of the essential oil bottles before you put them into the Epsom salt. Otherwise you will have pieces of the label floating around in the Epsom salt. 

Add Bottles to Jar of Epsom Salt

Step 4

When ready, pull the Young Living essential oil bottles out of the Epsom salt. Shake out any Epsom salt that might be sitting inside of each essential oil bottle. Cover and hang onto your essential oil infused Epsom salt. Now you have an awesome therapeutic bath or foot soak! :)

Therapeutic Bath Soak

Step 5

Rinse the essential oil bottles out with water. Then, soak the essential oil bottles, caps, and tops in a container filled with water and 2-3 Tablespoons of white vinegar. Let it soak for a few hours (or overnight).

Soak Bottles in Water and Vinegar

Step 6

Remove the Young Living essential oil bottles, caps, and tops from the water and vinegar mixture. Gently scrub off any remaining label residue from the outside of the bottle. Rinse the bottles, caps, and tops with water and lay on a towel to dry.

Rinse Bottles and Let Dry

Step 7

Use your empty and clean Young Living essential oil bottles to pre-dilute your essential oils or to make your own essential oil blends for quick and easy topical application. Once you have diluted and/or blended your essential oils together in your empty bottles, you can put the original tops and caps back on the bottles. Or, you can purchase the roller ball fitments that Young Living sells. The roller balls fit on 5-ml and 15-ml bottles. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the roller balls because it allows me to just roll the essential oil right on my skin (perfect for on-the-go oiling). Easy and no mess!

Dilutions and Blends

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Celebrating the Holidays with These Essential Oil Giveaways

Celebrating the Holiday with These Essential Oil Giveaways

I am super excited to be writing this blog post. Why? Well, remember those 12 essential oil gift ideas I wrote about the other week? I am giving each of those items away. Yes, you read that right….I am celebrating the holiday with 12 essential oil giveaways! Getting involved in Young Living essential oils has been an incredible blessing…so much so that I wanted to do something fun for those of you who read my blog regularly, come across it every so often in a random Google search, follow me on Facebook and Pinterest, or are in my downline. So, I’ve teamed up with some talented and gracious shop owners on Etsy for a chance to win some pretty cool stuff. :) Each giveaway will be featured on my Facebook page – be sure to like and follow my page so you can follow along and enter for a chance to win. I will “pin” the current giveaway to the top of my page so you can easily find it. If you don’t want to wait to see if you won and want to go ahead and purchase one of the featured giveaway items, you can get that info here. I have the first giveaway posted already so pop on over to Facebook and enter. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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