Citrus Essential Oils – Why You Need It

Making the decision to use Young Living Essential Oils daily was the best decision I ever made for myself and my family. If someone were to ask me what my favorite oil was, I’d have a hard time answering! I mean…I use so many of them for different things. The one only I always have with me is Stress Away. I have two tweens…need I say more?!? Besides stress away, I am also big on using the different citrus essential oils that Young Living has to offer. My favorites being Lemon Vitality, Jade Lemon Vitality, Grapefruit Vitality and Tangerine Vitality.

Young Living Citrus Essential Oils

Young Living, the ONLY brand of essential oils I will use (see their Seed to Seal policy to find out why), has a wide variety of citrus essential oils available. Besides the four I mentioned above, they also offer the following:

  • Lime Vitality
  • Orange Vitality
  • Citrus Fresh Vitality

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Citrus Essential Oil Benefits

So what do I do with my citrus essential oils and why do you need them? I put a few drops in my glass water bottlecitrus essential oils and drink that all day long. I either use Jade Lemon or Lemon by itself, or I like to combine grapefruit essential oils with tangerine (that combo is so good…you must try it)!

**Please note that I will ONLY use Young Living Essential Oils in my water. Their oils are pure, therapeutic essential oils and the oils part of the vitality line are safe to consume. Consuming essential oils from any other brand may not be safe.

 The citrus essential oils are extracted from the peels of the citrus fruits. This is very important to understand. You see, because they are made in this way, they are very high in limonene (D-Limonene) and that is VERY good for our bodies. With me following the Ketogenic diet, it is even MORE important that I drink water with citrus essential oils in it because it helps to balance my body’s pH level. I know that seems crazy, but despite the fact that citrus is acidic, when you consume the citrus oils, it is alkaline forming in the body. The benefits of d-limonene that I like are the fact that it aids in digestion, helps to detoxify the liver and d-limonene also helps to boost your mood. No one wants mama in a bad mood!

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Using a glass water bottle with your pure essential oils is needed. Putting the citrus essential oils in plastic will cause the plastic to break down. You don’t want that in your water! Plus, I don’t know about you, but ice cold water tastes WAY better in a glass bottle than in plastic! It doesn’t matter which citrus essential oils you choose, the benefits are all the same and one that you will want to take advantage of! Just an FYI, Citrus Fresh Essential Oil also contains spearmint. I just wanted to point that out so you are as surprised as I was the first time I tried it. I was NOT expecting a minty flavor!

If you would like to learn more about essential oils, please use the Contact Me form at the top of this page. I would be more than happy to speak with you and go over additional benefits and how you can sign up and take advantage of an amazing 24% discount on your oils!!

Here’s the only water bottle I use (at a good price too!!):

Essential Oils Perfect for Spring

It looks like Spring is finally upon us here in Michigan! We had a huge snow storm last week and it was 70 degrees this week! Craziness! However, it looks like these milder temperatures are here to stay. Which is so great! While we didn’t get hit nearly as bad this winter as we have in the past, I am more than ready for lots of sunshine and warmer weather! Since I have Spring on my mind, I also want to make sure I have the essential oils I need for Spring.

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Making the decision to start using essential oils was an easy one for me. In my mind I figured, “what do I have to lose?“. And honestly, over the past few years, I haven’t lost anything. In fact, more times than not, I forget to order an extra bottle of my favorite oil because we use them that much! With Spring quickly approaching, there are a few oils you will want to stock up on…like now. If you wait, they will go out of stock!

Essential Oils Perfect for Spring

I can honestly say that I have used every single one of the products pictured above. Each and everyone of them are a favorite of mine and one that I make sure I have at home, even when it’s not Springtime! A little about each product:

  • Thieves Household Cleaner – this product is amazing! You can deep clean your home without all the harmful chemicals! I use this product on every surface in my home (you will want to test it on woods, plastics, granite and fabric first…just in case, but I haven’t had an issue).
  • Peppermint Oil – this oil is great to help awaken your senses! Feeling sluggish at the end of the day…put a drop on the back of your neck and you are good to go! I also like to make a “spider spray” with peppermint oil and spray the inside perimeter of my house. Spiders and ants do not like peppermint oil!
  • Citronella Oil – mosquitoes don’t like citronella oil. Rather than walk around holding a candle at your next BBQ, put a drop or two on you! You can also diffuse this oil indoors to help refresh the air!
  • Citrus Fresh Oil – mix a few drops of this oil with distilled water and use it as a nice and light room spray! Or…put a couple drops on a cotton ball and place the cotton ball anywhere prone to stale odors!
  • Carrot Seed Oil – I’m not going to lie…this oil does not smell the best, BUT don’t let that deter you. Carrot seed oil is great for the skin and a new oil that I use in my coconut oil face wash (along with lavender).
  • Lemon Oil – great oil to clean with! Who doesn’t like the smell of lemons, especially in the kitchen?!? Also great to add to your nightly face lotion routine as lemon essential oil helps reduce the appearance of blemishes or you can add it to your hair while you condition it and it will help smooth and shine your hair!
  • Lavender Oil – this popular oil is one you shouldn’t be without. I keep a bottle in the kitchen, as well as in my essential oil bag that I take with me to my kids sporting events. You can also add a few drops to distilled water and spritz your pillows before bed for a relaxing slumber! I also like to rub a drop across my forehead in the Spring and Summer…my head does not like all the budding trees!
  • Purification Oil – hands done, one of my favorite oils! We love bacon in our house, but I hate the smell that lingers after cooking bacon. No worries! All you need to do is diffuse this oil during or after making the bacon and the smell disappears! Great to put on a cotton ball to place in the vents in your car! Goodbye smelly odors!
  • Allerzyme – this is a vegetarian enzyme that helps aid in digestion.
  • Lavaderm Spray – First…BUY THIS! I’m serious. This is an amazing product that you will want around all Spring and Summer! This spray contains lavender oil and aloe to help soothe and rejuvenate overexposed skin!

All of the oils you see above are listed with their wholesale price. Signing up for a wholesale membership is quick and easy! Simply visit the link below, sign up and you are good to go. During the sign up process, you have your choice of starter kits to choose from. I would go with the Premium Starter Kit for one simple reason…the diffuser! Not only that, but you get several of the oils I mentioned above, so it is a nice way to try them out so you can reorder them (and you will!) next month!

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As a thank you for signing up, I will be sending you a free gift!! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!!

Nature Made Vitamins: Maintaining a Healthier Lifestyle

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Every year I make the goal to get healthy. Of course, part of getting healthy is losing weight (isn’t it always?!?), but more than just shedding some pounds, I want my body to be healthy. This year my husband and not only started eating better, but we also have incorporated Nature Made Vitamins into our daily routine. No matter how great I eat, I am still notoriously low in B vitamins. Since I don’t want a repeat of 2014 when I had to visit my doctor a couple times a month for a B12 shot, I decided that part of my health goals for 2016 would include eating right, exercising and taking supplements that my doctor has recommended for me.

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I’m a bargain shopper. As a stay at home mom, I feel it is my job to save my family the most money possible. The nice thing about getting your Nature Made Vitamins at Walmart is that you don’t have to wait for a sale…the prices are great on their vitamins, minerals and supplements! There were a couple vitamins I was already taking, but I knew I needed a few others like Fish Oil (the burp-less kind…you don’t want to have fishy burps all day), Vitamin C and a Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc combo. Here’s what I picked up at Walmart:

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You know that saying that goes something like, “nothing tastes as good as thin feels”? I used to think it was rather silly. While I would not consider myself thing YET, I will say that getting healthier and taking my daily supplements does feel so much better than how I felt a month or two ago. One of my biggest inspirations that keeps me following my lifestyle plan is me. For the first time ever I feel different, I am looking different and I can picture how I want to look once I meet all of my goals. For me that is huge! In the past, when I’ve dieted, I had this unrealistic image in my head of what I wanted to look like. I think I failed every diet or lifestyle plan I set out on because I was not realistic with my expectations. Furthermore, I didn’t amend my goals and expectations as I lost weight. I stuck to the unrealistic image in my head and then I failed. However, as I see how my body is changing, that image in my head changes. Do I think I will end up with a super models body? No, of course not…I’ve had two kids…they’ve totally killed that dream, but what I know I will end up with, if I stick to my plan, is a healthy body and a strong body.

With my supplements, I like to spend one day a week (usually Sunday) filling my pill container. I get everything set that I need to take in the morning and everything I need to take in the evening and I leave that on the counter to remind me to take my pills. Some people like to take all of their supplements at the same time, however I did a little research on the particular vitamins I am taking and broke them up to take in the morning and the evening. I highly recommend doing that!

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Novasure Procedure Update to the Update

Back in 2008, I had the Novasure procedure done. If you are not familiar with that procedure, is an endometrial ablation that removes the lining of the uterus. I was having a lot of female gynecological issues and my options, at that time were to either deal with it, get the Novasure procedure or have a hysterectomy. I was only 27 years old. Getting a hysterectomy seemed rather drastic. So I opted for the ablation.

Over the years, I’ve updated on how I’ve been since having that procedure done. A few years ago, I updated that I felt that the Novasure procedure failed for me. Well I was wrong. You see, a few years ago, I was on a medication called Metformin. The Metformin was prescribed because my sugar levels were within the Type II Diabetic range. For people with Type II Diabetes, Metformin works really well. It is also prescribed to women with PCOS. So while I was taking it for the Diabetes, it was also helping to restore regular menstrual cycles.

Thankfully, through diet, exercise and losing weight, I no longer test within the Type II Diabetic range and no longer need to take Metformin. As a result, I went back to not having a period at all. Every once in a blue moon, I will have a little spotting, but nothing that has me running out to the store to buy pads or tampons. I have noticed that every other month I tend to have some slight cramping around the time I would get a period (if I got one). It lasts for about 1-2 days and is nothing more than an annoyance than anything else. Nothing like what I was dealing with before I had the Novasure procedure done.

Being almost 8 years later, I still believe that it was the best decision I ever made. If you think that you need to have something like this done, I encourage you to speak with your doctor. Only he or she can answer questions specific to you. I am more than happy to answer any questions in regards to my own personal experience. If you would like to see my past posts on the Novasure procedure, visit this link.

Healthy Holiday Gift Ideas for Teachers

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Right now I am currently thinking about the fast approaching holidays as I rock out to the 90’s channel on Pandora! I’m making mental lists of what I want to get everyone on my list this year. One group on that list are my kids teachers. My son is in middle school and he made the suggestion to maybe get them each a Starbucks gift card for a cup of coffee or something. I thought that sounded nice. My daughter…she always has a million ideas. While they are all great ideas, they are usually much more than I can spend (that child does love her teachers, as do her parents!). So instead, I figured I would put together a list of holiday gift ideas for teachers that she could choose from.

Being that I am VERY MUCH into essential oils, my first idea is to pick up a bottle of Jade Lemon essential oil from Young Living. Just a couple drops of this in your water (glass or stainless steel water bottle only) will help you stay hydrated throughout the day! Not to mention, the health benefits of using Jade Lemon essential oil are huge. Just look:

Jade Lemon contains high levels of d-limonene, which helps invigorate, uplift, and energize, as well as support clarity of thought and purpose. This oil supports skin health; helps open and release emotional blocks; and is useful to clean, detox, and purify. A 1995 Mie University study also found that citrus fragrances induce relaxation and invoke feelings of happiness.

After spending a few months in a classroom with all the yuckies, the detoxing and purifying qualities of Jade Lemon essential oil is definitely needed! Like I mentioned above, when you are adding citrus oils to your water, you want to make sure you ONLY use a stainless steel or glass water bottle. I prefer a glass water bottle that I found on Amazon.

Don’t be afraid to have a glass water bottle in the classroom! The silicone cover around it really does protect it. I dropped it on my driveway once and it never broke! I use this water bottle every single day. I put my ice in first; then a couple drops of the essential oil; and then I add my water. Make sure you shake your water every time before drinking. Please note, I will ONLY ingest Young Living Essential Oils.

Other Young Living Essential Oils, besides Jade Lemon, that are great in water are:

  • Grapefruit
  • Orange
  • Tangerine (I like to mix this with the grapefruit)
  • Citrus Fresh
  • Lime (I like to mix this with grapefruit or lemon)

Ordering the oils above is super easy! Simply head on over to this link HERE. You have the option of becoming a retail customer (and pay full price) or become a wholesale member. As a wholesale member you get 24% off your products and there is no minimum purchase each month. To maintain your wholesale membership, you need to purchase 50 PV a year (roughly $50). So easy!! Email me for more details on becoming a wholesale member. I offer some pretty great incentives when you sign up. I’d love to talk to you about them!

So what do you think?

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