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Woah! My first post since the 31 days series! I’m glad for the little break! :)

Linking up with Jeannett cause she’s awesome for hosting this week after week!

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So many things to share. Hang on to your hat.

We took a family vacation to the beach a few weeks ago. Willow found a hiding spot in the house. Blends right in. Silly puppy.

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On the beach trip, we checked out a local restaurant that was similar to Cracker Barrel but much smaller. And this was their “sweet tea.” Unfortunately, this is not sweet tea. This is dirty water. Not sweet. Not tea.

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This was our car as we were leaving the beach. This is pretty much what it looked like at the beginning of the week. Then we shopped and had some extra groceries, and somehow had three times as much stuff as we brought. Any my tetris-expert hubby made it all fit in the car!

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So our little man has discovered that he can reach the books on the shelf beside his crib. I certainly don’t mind him reading but one morning, we found him with about 10 books in his crib! So that shelf is empty now…

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Being a mom really enables you to eat a healthy, balanced diet, without skipping meals, and always consuming the freshest of ingredients. Or, your toddler insists on eating an apple for breakfast, changes his mind about 1.5 slices in, and mom gets all the leftovers. Yeah, that.

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I made the top of our piano function as a fall mantel since our tv takes up the whole real mantel. Bubbles decided to insert himself in the fall vignette. Silly Bubbles.

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Beautiful sunrise. With a sun dog. My husband thinks I’m crazy but the wives’ tale is that once you see a sun dog, it will rain within 3 days. I’m not saying I’m right, but I’m saying it totally rained after we saw this.

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Cody and I split household chores. After vacation we needed to change things up so I took over laundry that he was previously doing, and he took over cooking. And the man can cook! Check out these pinterest-worthy oven roasted potatoes and brussel sprouts! Yum!

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He’s also a wiz a work! He works in marketing at the university where we graduated. Here’s him and some of his team at the open house for their new print shop. So proud of him! Also, I caught him mid-laugh. So cute!

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We went to the in-laws for a weekend. I was unpacking when we got back home and found that little man needed to pack his very important cars in a box of Mama’s very important stuff. #momofaboy

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I got to work one morning and found this in my wallet. I guess my son though that I would be better prepared for any coloring duties that might come my way if he shared his crayon with me. He’s so sweet for thinking ahead for me! :)

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So a couple of weeks ago, I got to go to Allume! One of the best weekends of my life! While we were there, we got to see Judah and the Lion in concert! They were so much fun. Go check out their music!

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One of the speakers shared this quote. It’ll preach.

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We also got to have these amazingly decorated cookies and cupcakes for an afternoon tea. They were almost too pretty to eat! But who am I kidding…I scarfed them down!

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Time change. Every parent hates it, right? We kept big boy up extra late so he would sleep extra late. It worked! He usually wakes at 7:00 am. The morning after the time change, he woke at 8:00. I’d call that a win! Also, those little feet in those little footie pjs? Can’t handle it. Too much cute.

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We are dog-sitting my in-laws’ dog, Hershey. That face. I was about to put some laundry away that I had folded but he insisted on cuddles. I’m not even mad. :)

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[31 Days] Day 31: Essential Oil Resources

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The last day! We made it! Truthfully, there were a few days here and there that I didn’t think I would make it but here we are!

I feel like this has been an overwhelming amount of information but hopefully it’s been broken up into chunks that are more manageable. There are so many more things I could mention and dive into concerning essential oils but my goal throughout this series is to use oils in ways that anyone could do it. I hope that I met that goal!

Today, I want to mention how our business team is structured. When our team leader (hi, Erin!) joined Young Living, (back in January or February of this year), she received some incredible support from the person who enrolled her. However, she didn’t live near the person, and she wanted to provide that same kind of support for anyone who would sign up under her one day, so she began The Joy Droppers. We are incredible blessed to have this support group and team. It’s so strong and growing so quickly. The best part is that I feel like I know a lot of these people, but I’ve never met them in real life! Let’s be real: this is a business and a main source of income for a lot of people. That can mean competition, undermining, and general nastiness to each other when we have the same goal of sharing oils! The beauty of The Joy Droppers is there is none of that competition. We work to build each other up, help each other succeed, and provide support wherever we can. You won’t find that in any other team, I can promise you that!

I want to mention some incredible resources that are available to you as a Joy Dropper. (If you buy a kit from a Joy Dropper, that makes you a Joy Dropper, even if you don’t do the business.)

1. The Essential Oils Pocket Reference, or the EOPR. For everyone that signs up under me, they will get a free EOPR! It’s a handy little book that will give direction when looking for specific answers. If you suffer from insomnia, asthma, a cold, fibromyalgia, and more, you can look that up and it will give instructions on what oils to use and how. This is an incredible resource and a wonderful thing to have on hand as a beginner.

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2. The Essential Oils Desk Reference. I like to call this Big Daddy. :) It’s huge. Like, college textbook huge. But it is AWESOME. So much valuable information and some incredible detail. Consider it as handy as the Physician’s Desk Reference would be to a doctor. So much detail about each oil and blend produced by Young Living, as well as some history of the company, how the oils are distilled, and detailed information about tons of disorders and symptoms and how to use the oils to promote health! (I can’t get this for your for free, but I can get a reduced price!)

3. Secret Facebook groups. We have a number of Facebook groups that serve different purposes. We have one that is solely focused on business questions and support, then we have one that is a “hang-out” type lounge area where we can post questions or testimonials and even use the search function to find answers. This is how I’ve “met” a lot of other Joy Droppers that don’t even live near me! We also have a number of others but these groups are my favorite.

I’m sure there are many other resources in other teams, but these three are the biggest for us JoyDroppers! I can’t stress enough the importance of having a good team and upline! They set up amazing resources like this and the biggest way I’ve learned how to use my oils is learning from others!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series! You can find all the posts in one place here on the 31 Days of Essential Oils Page!

DISCLAIMER: The things I share with you are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any illness or be a substitute for any medicine. It is true that I have found less need for OTC medicines, but you have to make choices that are right for your family. Another choice I’ve made is to exclusively use Young Living Essential Oils. I believe they are 100% pure without any synthetic additives. That’s huge to me! I have read a lot of material on different essential oil companies and Young Living is what I have chosen. If you choose to use essential oils, I encourage you to do some research and choose the brand that you believe in.

To buy a starter kit and join the JoyDropper team, click here!

[31 Days] Day 30: Explanation of Essential Rewards

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If you are interested in using Young Living oils but are not interested in the business side of things (this is a MLM company, after all), please don’t skip this post thinking it’s not for you!

When I first started using oils, I knew right away that I was NOT interested in selling. I’m not a sales person. I’ve never done Mary Kay or Thirty-One or anything like that. I’ve never had that interest. There’s nothing wrong with it. It’s just not my thing.

When I placed my first order for my starter kit, two days later, I placed another order for two more oils outside the starter kit. Those orders arrived on my porch the same day. I knew then that this was something I wanted to invest my money in. To maintain the wholesale membership that comes with the starter kit, you have to spend $50 a year. Easy right? Right out of the gate, I knew there would be lots of oils that I wanted to try, so I enrolled in Essential Rewards, still not expecting to do anything with the business.

What is Essential Rewards? We affectionately call it ER, so that’s what I’ll refer to from now on. ER is a monthly autoship enrollment where you set your monthly order and the date you want it shipped. Here’s the beauty: you don’t have to order the same stuff every month. I go in almost daily and change my ER order. Here’s another great part: it doesn’t even have to ship on the same day every month. You can change that as often as you like, too! You just have to place one ER order between the first and last days of the month. And you can only place one ER order per month. The order minimum has to be about $50, but if you commit to that for a few months to build a “stockpile” of oils for your family, that’s a super easy minimum to reach!

“About” $50? What does that mean? Well, each oil, accessory, or collection of oils is worth a certain number of points. You have to order 50 points worth of stuff to meet the minimum. All of the oils have points that are equal to their dollar value. So if an oil is $20, it will be worth 20 points. Make sense?

What do the points have to do with anything? Glad you asked! :) Each oil, accessory, etc. is worth points because through every ER order you make, you receive 10% back in points from that order. So if you order 100 points worth of stuff in your ER order one month, you will receive 10 points back in your account to spend later. That adds up quickly! So lets say after a few months, you have 50 points sitting there waiting to be used. You can turn around and buy a product that has an equal dollar to point value. Which is most things in the inventory so that’s easy to do! I like to save up my points and spend them on a more expensive oil to save a little cash!

Side note: $50 is a lot to spend per month for a lot of people. Young Living understands that so once per calendar year, if you don’t meet your 50 point minimum, they give you a grace month where you suffer no penalties. If you miss another month within that year, you lose the points you’ve accrued. No one wants to lose the points they’ve accrued, so that would be unfortunate, but there’s no fine to pay, no hit on your account for anything, and you’re not flagged by Young Living. You just lose your accrued points and withdraw from ER. Simple. If ER is something you want to try for a limited time, just enroll, participate for a few months, spend the points you’ve accrued, and un-enroll in the program. Easy.

There are a lot more angles to the whole point system that has to do with ranking and I won’t even go into that today. This is just a part of the Young Living company that can benefit anyone who’s interested in buying oils for themselves or as gifts! You can participate in ER without ever selling an oil or a kit to anyone else! You still get to reap all the benefits!

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You’ll notice that I instagram a bunch of oils sometimes and say that it’s mail day. It’s usually because of my ER order!

DISCLAIMER: The things I share with you are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any illness or be a substitute for any medicine. It is true that I have found less need for OTC medicines, but you have to make choices that are right for your family. Another choice I’ve made is to exclusively use Young Living Essential Oils. I believe they are 100% pure without any synthetic additives. That’s huge to me! I have read a lot of material on different essential oil companies and Young Living is what I have chosen. If you choose to use essential oils, I encourage you to do some research and choose the brand that you believe in.

To buy a starter kit and join the JoyDropper team, click here!

[31 Days] Day 29: Heartburn Relief

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Last year, I had my gallbladder removed. Since then, occasionally, I will get some mad heartburn! Fire rising from the depths! In the past, I’ve chewed gum to settle the heartburn. Chewing gum produces more saliva which neutralizes the acid from the stomach. Unfortunately, it’s not instant relief and I don’t always carry gum with me.

Last weekend, I was at Allume (Amazing. Everyone should go. Post coming soon.) and we had this delicious Mexican dish for lunch one day. It was kind of a build-your-own dish so I made a Moe’s style rice bowl and smothered it in the chipotle dressing that was available. Spicy. Ranch-y. Delectable. Fire. Heartburn.  About that quickly, too.

Cue the oils. :) For me, Lemon essential oil will knock heartburn dead in its tracks.

“Lemon? What? Isn’t that acidic? Wouldn’t that make heartburn worse?”

Well, Lemon essential oil is made from the rind of the lemon. The oil produced when the rind is distilled is actually turns alkaline when it enters the body. It will neutralize acid in a heartbeat! Ha! Pun intended!

So when I was suffering at the table in the front of the room, I noticed that I had just a bit of water left in my glass. About a mouthful. I added two drops of Lemon essential oil and swallowed the water quickly. Boom! Heartburn gone! It never returned and I was able to enjoy my day heartburn free!

I find that doing this just one time will take care of my heartburn. You can repeat as necessary.

DISCLAIMER: The things I share with you are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any illness or be a substitute for any medicine. It is true that I have found less need for OTC medicines, but you have to make choices that are right for your family. Another choice I’ve made is to exclusively use Young Living Essential Oils. I believe they are 100% pure without any synthetic additives. That’s huge to me! I have read a lot of material on different essential oil companies and Young Living is what I have chosen. If you choose to use essential oils, I encourage you to do some research and choose the brand that you believe in.

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[31 Days] Day 28: DIY Foaming Hand Soap

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Have you ever read the ingredients on your soap container? Ick. You probably shouldn’t. Not good. (Here’s a blog post with linked articles on why anti-bacterial soap is bad for us.)

Anywho, I took oils and made my own! It smells great and feels great on your hands!

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Gather supplies:
• empty foaming soap dispenser (I think foaming soap goes a long way further than liquid soap)
• liquid castile soap (I like unscented)
• vegetable glycerin (optional, but helps to moisturize)
• oils of choice (I highly recommend Thieves because of its smelly goodness and ability to kill germs)

NOTE: Pictured is JOY because I thought it would smell good with Thieves (and it does!). However, it contains citrus oils so I decided against using it. Don’t use JOY in your hand soap unless your container is glass.

Pour a little castile soap in the bottom of the dispenser. I just eyeball this but I probably fill the container about a 1/2 inch. Then add a squirt of vegetable glycerin and 10 drops of Thieves. Fill the rest of the way with hot water and put the top on. Slowly turn the container over and over to gently mix the ingredients. That will keep it from foaming like crazy.

I love this soap! Easy and inexpensive to make, great for the environment, and it includes essential oils! Win-win-win!

DISCLAIMER: The things I share with you are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any illness or be a substitute for any medicine. It is true that I have found less need for OTC medicines, but you have to make choices that are right for your family. Another choice I’ve made is to exclusively use Young Living Essential Oils. I believe they are 100% pure without any synthetic additives. That’s huge to me! I have read a lot of material on different essential oil companies and Young Living is what I have chosen. If you choose to use essential oils, I encourage you to do some research and choose the brand that you believe in.

To buy a starter kit and join the JoyDropper team, click here!

[31 Days] Day 27: Bee-Boo Spray

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A bee-boo? What’s a bee-boo, you ask? Well, it’s what your two-year-old gets when he falls down. Or bumps his head. Or stubs his toe. Most people call it a boo-boo. But I’m in that place right now where I just can’t correct him when he says, “I fall and bee-boo. I fall and bee-boo.”

I know, right?! So cute. If I could show you a picture of his face when he says it, I so would.

Anyhow, when he falls and gets a bee-boo, he always runs for the oils. He knows what will make him feel better! ;)

Let’s not forget mommy’s kiss. It might be more healing than the oils…

Sometimes there may be legitimate uses for bee-boo oils. In the past, I would have turned to something like an OTC first aid spray. Not anymore! Not up in here!

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There are some great recipes for first aid spray around the web. This is the one I like.
• Spray bottle (metal or colored glass)
• 2 drops Lavender
• 3 drops Melaleuca Alternifolia
• 2 drops Cypress
• 8 oz distilled water

(Some recipes call for distilled water and I totally blow over that and use whatever I want. For example, fabric freshener. This is a recipe in which I would absolutely use distilled water because you will be spraying it in open wounds. Don’t mess around with the possibility that there could be something lurking in the water, so to speak. Pun absolutely intended.)

Anyhow, drop the oils into the water and shake all that up. Spray a couple of times on an open wound  when your kid falls off his skateboard. Or trips while playing outside. Or has this delusion that he somehow fell on the train tracks and got a bee-boo. Which totally never happened. Please, if someone sees a cartoon where someone falls on the train tracks and gets a bee-boo, could you fill me in?

This recipe also works well for adult bee-boos!

DISCLAIMER: The things I share with you are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any illness or be a substitute for any medicine. It is true that I have found less need for OTC medicines, but you have to make choices that are right for your family. Another choice I’ve made is to exclusively use Young Living Essential Oils. I believe they are 100% pure without any synthetic additives. That’s huge to me! I have read a lot of material on different essential oil companies and Young Living is what I have chosen. If you choose to use essential oils, I encourage you to do some research and choose the brand that you believe in.

To buy a starter kit and join the JoyDropper team, click here!

[31 Days] Day 26: Pain Roll-On

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Let’s talk rollers. Again. I know, I know. You guys may be tired of rollers but I love them! Such an easy and convenient way to use oils!

A few days ago, I posted about DIY Pain Cream. While it’s really effective and amazing, it’s not convenient for on the go. If you have arthritis or any other kind of chronic pain, you can’t always carry around a mason jar of pain creme.

Cue DIY Pain Roller.

DIY Pain Roller  Easy peasy, just like the other rollers (Allergy, Happy, Sleepy).

Mix the following in a roller container:
• 10 drops PanAway
• 10 drops Peppermint
• 10 drops Valor
• 30 drops carrier oil

Feel free to mix up the oils to make it the best mixture for you. I love Lemongrass as an addition also!

Roll this on painful joints or muscles, or even on your head to help relieve a headache!

DISCLAIMER: The things I share with you are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any illness or be a substitute for any medicine. It is true that I have found less need for OTC medicines, but you have to make choices that are right for your family. Another choice I’ve made is to exclusively use Young Living Essential Oils. I believe they are 100% pure without any synthetic additives. That’s huge to me! I have read a lot of material on different essential oil companies and Young Living is what I have chosen. If you choose to use essential oils, I encourage you to do some research and choose the brand that you believe in.

To buy a starter kit and join the JoyDropper team, click here!

[31 Days] Day 25: DIY Body Wash

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It makes me feel good to DIY something super successful and walk away proud. Now, let’s not talk about the 99 failures to every 1 triumph. However, I found a recipe for DIY Body Wash and was excited to try it right away! I was even more excited to find out that it’s AWESOME! Go make it right now!

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Super easy. Almost brainless. Throw all the ingredients (melt the coconut oil first!) into a quart mason jar and shake, shake, shake. Done!

This provides and amazingly luxurious lather and is very moisturizing to the skin! The fun part about this recipe is that you can change out the grape seed oil for any other kind of high quality oil, like jojoba, sunflower seed, even olive! You can also switch out the essential oils for any combination, just try to keep it around 50 drops for the quart container. Or don’t. I’m not the boss of you.

Warning: You may not want to use this as a shampoo, no matter how much you think it would be brilliant to have one wash that does double duty. Add that to my 99 failures.

DISCLAIMER: The things I share with you are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any illness or be a substitute for any medicine. It is true that I have found less need for OTC medicines, but you have to make choices that are right for your family. Another choice I’ve made is to exclusively use Young Living Essential Oils. I believe they are 100% pure without any synthetic additives. That’s huge to me! I have read a lot of material on different essential oil companies and Young Living is what I have chosen. If you choose to use essential oils, I encourage you to do some research and choose the brand that you believe in.

To buy a starter kit and join the JoyDropper team, click here!

[31 Days] Day 24: Headache Relief

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I’m not the kind of person that gets a lot of headaches. But when I do, they are nagging, dull, achy, all day and sometimes all night kind of headaches. Can’t sleep them off. Awful. Terrible. But somehow never bad enough to make me want to take pain relievers. Guess I’d rather suffer than take a pill? I dunno…

You can image how happy I was to learn that oils could be a solution! The first headache I got after receiving my kit, I ran to find out what could work! It turns out, there are tons of options, depending on the type of headache!

*Side note: Many times, the success of oil use boil down to finding the root cause. Often, if you pinpoint the cause of the symptoms (like a hormonal headache vs. a tension headache, or knee pain from arthritis vs. knee pain from banging it on the table), the treatments may be different and may yield better results! So don’t be afraid to dig a little and do some research and trial and error!

Back to headaches. Here’s a handy graphic that shares the common oils for different but common headaches.

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I found these to be super helpful! I’ve even found that something as simple as wearing peppermint in my diffuser necklace helps to keep the headaches at bay! I love that! Deep Relief (recommended above for cluster and sinus headaches) works well for all of my headaches!

*Side note number two: I suffer from migraines, but haven’t had any since using oils (almost four months ago!). The next time I have one, I’ll be interested to see which oils for best for me. Or maybe I’ll just never have one again and I’ll never have to find out. Yeah. Let’s go with that one.

Do you use oils for headaches? Share what you’ve used! You might be helping someone else!

DISCLAIMER: The things I share with you are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any illness or be a substitute for any medicine. It is true that I have found less need for OTC medicines, but you have to make choices that are right for your family. Another choice I’ve made is to exclusively use Young Living Essential Oils. I believe they are 100% pure without any synthetic additives. That’s huge to me! I have read a lot of material on different essential oil companies and Young Living is what I have chosen. If you choose to use essential oils, I encourage you to do some research and choose the brand that you believe in.

To buy a starter kit and join the JoyDropper team, click here!

[31 Days] Day 23: DIY Nasal Spray

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A few days ago, I came across a hole-in-the-wall herbal health alternative store (or something) and they were stocked full of herbal supplements and essential oils. Of course, they were a house brand and not Young Living so I didn’t look twice, but I did buy an empty nasal spray container. For the last few years, Cody and I have faithfully used a certain brand of nasal spray any time we had a stuffy nose and couldn’t breathe. We felt good about using this certain brand because it was non-habit forming, and more “natural” than the other famous brands. Well, looking more closely at the label will make your eyes cross at all the unpronounceable words. Yikes. You can see why I jumped at the opportunity to make my own nasal spray!

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I obviously knew that my spray would include distilled water and essential oils but my father-in-law had the genius idea to use a saline spray as an ingredient! Great idea!

Here’s what I used in my spray:
• 10 mL saline spray
• 20 mL distilled water
• 5 drops Lavender
• 1 drop Eucalyptus Blue
• 1 drop R.C.
• 1 drop Raven
• 1 drop Thieves
• 5-6 granules of sea salt (to help the oils mix with water)

Mix well and add to empty nasal spray container. Shake well before each use. Spray 1-2 times in each nostril as needed.

This isn’t something I would use daily. Just like an OTC nasal spray, I would reserve its use for when my nose is really giving me the business! (I’m looking at you, allergy season…)

DISCLAIMER: The things I share with you are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any illness or be a substitute for any medicine. It is true that I have found less need for OTC medicines, but you have to make choices that are right for your family. Another choice I’ve made is to exclusively use Young Living Essential Oils. I believe they are 100% pure without any synthetic additives. That’s huge to me! I have read a lot of material on different essential oil companies and Young Living is what I have chosen. If you choose to use essential oils, I encourage you to do some research and choose the brand that you believe in.

To buy a starter kit and join the JoyDropper team, click here!