Another Oily Update

It’s been about two weeks since my last post about my experience so far with my Young Living Essential Oils Premium Starter Kit (PSK). I’ve actually been able to try out almost all of the oils from my kit, and so far I’m pretty pleased.  I’m still diffusing in Ian’s room at night, though I’ve changed the formula again (yes, I know- this is the third time) to 4 drops Thieves, 3 drops Purification, 2 drops Lavender (in about 300-400mL of water).  This seems to be the most successful combination to date- Ian has slept soundly ALL night since I’ve started this combination, so I’ll take it!

The two oils I’m really loving right now for myself, though, are Lemon and Peppermint!

With this pregnancy, I have been getting some pretty annoying heartburn.  Given that I’ve never experienced this in my life (until now), it’s not something I was prepared to handle.  When my heartburn gets really bad, I turn to my trusty Pepcid AC, and that normally knocks it right out.  But sometimes I don’t really need the Pepcid… my heartburn is more mild.  Annoying and uncomfortable, sure, but not full blown acid attacks that feel as if my chest is on fire.  Enter my new heartburn relief rub- my new favorite remedy for these scenarios.

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Anytime I feel heartburn coming on, I rub a dab of this mixture onto my chest and it keeps my heartburn at bay (I MUCH prefer this to having to choke down a chalky, nasty chew… plus, it smells good!).  I decided not to whip the coconut oil first, though you could certainly do that if you wanted the balm to have a creamy consistency.  Or you could use fractionated coconut oil (or some other liquid oil) and put the mixture in a roller bottle for even easier application.

Have you tried Lemon and/or Peppermint?  What are your favorite uses for these oils?

The ideas in this post are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.  If you are interested learning more about Young Living Essential Oils or would like to purchase individual oils, the kit, or start your own Young Living business, please check out my team’s website Healthier Oil the Thyme, send an email to healthieroilthethyme@gmail.com, or email me directly (beingfrankenfield@gmail.com).  I love that my mentors and friends in this business always focus on education over sales, and we are always willing and happy to help others learn more about Young Living and Essential Oils!

Oiling… One Week In

It’s been about a week since I received my complete Premium Starter Kit (affectionately called PSK from here on out) from Young Living.  Since then I’ve started dipping my toes into the world of Essential Oils, and I’m learning a lot.

One of the things I love most about being part of Young Living (and maybe it’s just the team of folks above me?  But I’d like to think this is reflective of the company as a whole) is the mantra of education over sales.  Sure, there are people who are part of Young Living to make money (it’s a business- why wouldn’t money making be part of the equation?), and that’s not a bad thing… but I love that there are always an abundance of free classes and workshops available, as well as no shortage of people willing to chime in and provide insight on ways to safely use your oils.  It really is a community of people just looking to help out others and there is no pressure to buy anything.  If you simply want to attend a million Facebook classes about oils, and never buy a single thing, you can.  If you want to go to a make-and-take (which generally does have a small fee) and experiment with the products in a low cost/low risk setting, you can.  And if you do eventually decide to make a purchase (whether that’s something retail through a Young Living member/distributor or by signing up for the PSK), you’ll be met with enthusiastic teammates ready to take your hand and lead you along on your oiling journey.  It is a pretty amazing environment, and I’m thrilled to be part of it.

As I mentioned on the blog previously, there were a lot of reasons why I decided to take the plunge and sign up with Young Living.  And now that I have my PSK, how have I been using my oils?  A lot of ways, actually, but one of the first things I did when I got my kit was put my Young Living diffuser to work in an attempt to support Ian’s respiratory system at night to help promote restful sleep.

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Young Living diffuser in the PSK

I actually really like the Young Living diffuser that came in the PSK- it’s small, lightweight, and super easy to use (plus, it’s attractive).  I set it up in Ian’s bedroom and added 3 drops of Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Oil, 3 drops of Frankincense, and 2 drops of Lavender.  The Melaleuca and Frankincense were to help support his respiratory system, and the Lavender was to help promote restful sleep.  Ian didn’t seem to notice or mind the scent coming from the diffuser (or if he did, he didn’t complain about it).  I can’t say that I found it to be an extremely pleasant smell, although I certainly didn’t find it unpleasant, but if it had the chance of helping Ian, I was all for it- and since it didn’t bother him, I was OK with it.  I’ve since gotten used to the scent and hardly even notice it when I turn on the diffuser.  It really is quite subtle (or at least, I think it is).  My husband, on the other hand, found the scent to be pretty overwhelming and he was not at all a fan- and even now he still doesn’t like it.  I chalk some of this up to personal preference and some to the fact that he’s even more of an essential oil skeptic than I am.  I’m at least willing to give them a shot (I mean, what do I have to lose? Nothing else has helped this cough).  My husband, on the other hand, is pretty staunchly against oils.  He sees them as just another scheme or a pricey placebo, so we’ll have to see some definite and concrete results before his mindset changes (if it ever does).  But, that’s ok… he’s not stopping me from using them; he’s just not convinced they’ll make a difference.  I can live with that.

Anyway, so far it certainly seems like the diffuser is helping.  The only problem- the diffuser only runs for about 6-8 hours max.  So that means that sometime in the night (generally around 3am), the diffuser would stop and, inevitably, Ian would wake up.  After a few nights of this, I finally decided to just go into his bedroom overnight and refill the diffuser.  But that was really starting to be a pain.  So I set about looking for a longer-running diffuser hoping this might solve the issue.  After endless research and comparing, I decided on this one by Welledia.

Welledia Diffuser

Welledia Effusion Diffuser

It has a 700mL tank and overall the reviews are very positive.  With my Amazon gift cards (and free Prime shipping), it ended up being hardly any out of pocket cost to me… can’t argue with that!  The new diffuser arrived on Saturday, and I used it that night.  I definitely like the look of the Young Living diffuser better, but MAN this one really does run ALL NIGHT LONG (I’m still trying to get the right amount of water in it so I don’t have a ton left over to dump in the morning).  Since using the new diffuser, Ian has slept all night for most nights!  We are definitely seeing an improvement for him.  Last night, for the first time, I tried Thieves and Lavender in the diffuser, and I also loved that combination.  It’s nice to have options so that I can change things up every now and then if I want (or if an oil is running low). This is another nice thing about Essential Oils- there are generally a number of combinations and choices available.  I’ll definitely be using the new diffuser in his room every night from now on, and in a few weeks, I’ll do another update.  I was just pretty excited about our initial results (and my new long lasting diffuser) that I felt compelled to share.  After all, this was one of my main drivers for taking the Essential Oil plunge, and so far I’m not sorry.

Do you use Essential Oils?  How do you use them?  If you haven’t used them, have you ever given it any thought?  Want to learn more?  We always have Essential Oil Facebook classes going on- and they are open to everyone!

You can reach out to me through a blog comment or email, and I’d be happy to share what I’ve learned so far and any other information about Young Living and Essential Oils. I have a ton of resources at my disposal, and I can always find out the answer to your question if I don’t know it myself.  You can also like my team’s Facebook page (Healthier Oil the Thyme) or visit our team’s website to get more information (as well as tips and recipes for your oils).  Happy oiling!

An Oily Mail Day!

At the beginning of March I mentioned that I decided to venture into the world of Essential Oils and join Young Living as a Distributor.

Well, my Premium Starter Kit finally arrived!!

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I am still trying everything out and familiarizing myself with the various oils, but so far I’m loving everything!  And I’m really enjoying researching various oils and how they can help my family.  My favorite reference source (besides my other “oilers”) is the Reference Guide app I have on my phone (which I got for free from my team, Healthier Oil the Thyme).  It’s awesome!

I’ve only had the chance to work with my oils for a few days, so I want to wait a little before sharing any feedback about the oils and how I’ve been using everything, but one thing I have learned… a LITTLE bit of oil goes a LONG way.  The bottles look tiny, and you find yourself thinking that there is no way that one tiny drop of oil will really make a bit of difference- but oh my!  As my husband remarked when I opened a bottle “wow, that’s strong!”… yes, before I had even poured a drop, we could smell the oil.  So I’ve learned to start with just 1 or 2 drops and then add more if necessary.  Definitely a good lesson!

I can’t wait to share with all of you some of the ways I’m using my oils and what results I’ve seen.  It’s definitely going to be a fun adventure!

Adventures with Oils

On Feb 17, I participated in a Young Living Essential Oils Blog Hop, hosted by my good friend Dory Doyle from the Doyle Dispatch. It was a really neat event that allowed people to learn more about Essential Oils and Young Living. I’m so glad that I decided to participate!

After reading through many of the blog posts, and weighing my own experiences with Essential Oils, I finally decided this weekend to take the plunge and order my Young Living Premium Starter Kit. I like the wide range of oils provided in the kit, and I’m really excited to try out the diffuser. I’m also pumped about the reference materials and information that will be readily available to me now that I’m a Young Living Member/Distributor.

I’m excited to use my oils to supplement my normal routine and improve my family’s overall wellness.  For instance, I’m going to start rolling Thieves Oil on the soles of my feet (and Ian’s, too) each day to support our immune system.  I’m also excited to use Purification to help rid our home of our pet odors and take care of some stinky feet (and shoes).  I also know there are oils (like peppermint) that help with the respiratory system, which would be a big boon for us.

I’m also excited to try out the diffuser that comes in the kit. Since we are a pet family, our house always seems to have a slight undercurrent of dog smell. We’ve started using our candle warmers a lot more lately, and while I love the scent it brings our house, it’d be nice to have something that actually dispels the odor versus just covering it up. Hopefully diffusing Purification occasionally will help with that. I’m excited to also try diffusing in Ian’s room at night.  And once this baby gets here, I’ll probably even diffuse lavender or peace and calming in her room at night to help encourage restful sleep. There are so many possibilities! And I love that.

I’ll be posting about my exploits with my oils here periodically. I’m sure there are others of you who are intrigued about oils, and I’d love to share what I’m learning and finding! I’ve also started a Pinterest Board to keep track of the various recipes and ways I’m planning to use the oils to help me keep track of things better… have any recipes that you love? Send them my way; I’d love to see them and test them out.

And, if you have any questions about Young Living or essential oils, let me know! I’m brand new and still learning, but I have a ton of resources at my disposal!