InstaFriday!

After working for a few hours last Saturday and having a really busy Sunday, I feel like I didn’t get a weekend and this week has been just off everyday. Not one single day this week did it actually feel like the day that it really was. Ha! Does that even make sense? It does to me, which may speak to how glad I am it’s Friday. Looking forward to shutting my brain off tomorrow and not leaving my pajamas.

But today is not pajama day, it’s Friday! Linking up with Jeannett!

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We turned on the fireplace last weekend. I love it. This is the second winter we’ve had a fireplace, and it’s just so darn nice!

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My new favorite diffusing combo. Love it! So fresh!

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I bought myself this blanket with a Christmas gift card. I kinda have a thing for blankets. It’s so soft and I love the color. However, anytime I use it, I usually wind up sharing it with the cat he always steals it when I get up to get a drink from the fridge or a snack. Silly Bubbles.

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We had an episode of the ickies this past Monday. At least, I think it was Monday. Our toddler was acting a little strange and just a little “off.” I couldn’t quite put my finger on it until he upchucked all over me and the couch. (And my new blanket.) Fortunately, hubby was able to swoop in and take Little Man to the bathtub while I immediately stripped off my clothes right there in the living room and started cleaning the carpet. Sorry for the visual but that’s motherhood, y’all. This was my arsenal for the rest of the night. Diffusing Thieves, Oregano, and Purification (to cleanse the air and our bodies of any germs), rolling the Immunity Roller (Thieves and Oregano) on the bottoms of our feet and down our spines, and cleaning the floor and couch with Thieves Cleaner. Thankfully, no one else got sick and our Little Man slept well through the night with no more ickies! #oilsforthewin [Still running the January promos! Email me if interested!]

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And finally, to redeem everything from this week, hubby went out and found me some Crispy M&M’s last night! Remember these things? They were discontinued in 2005 and now they’re back! Best hubby award goes to my boo! :) (Don’t worry. The blanket is clean now. Well, it was until I spilled pineapple salsa on it. So it’s been washed twice this week. Hashtag real life.)

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Happy Friday!

Word for Word

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I’m not going to call this a series because who knows when I’ll write about this again, but today I’m sharing some of those funny-sweet moments between adults and toddlers!

I don’t know how much time you spend around a toddler but they have some funny words that don’t necessarily mean what they think they mean. It leads to some hilarious moments and also some moments that I’ll cherish forever. There are some things that I won’t correct because what Big Boy says is just too funny, and I want to record them here so I’ll always remember them.

For instance:

Bee-Boo: This means boo-boo. “Mama, fall! Bee-boo!”

• Pidaman: Spiderman. We’re still working on the S’s.

• Choo-choo: Of course this is train and I will be sad when the day comes that he calls it a train.

• Bupper (rhymes with supper): Diaper. Ugh, so cute.

Eee-bot: Robot. (He got a toy robot for Christmas and he loves to snuggle with it on the couch while watching TV.)

So adorable, I can’t stand it! Please tell me I’m not the only mom out there who appreciates these sweet words!

 

InstaFriday!

My favorite day of the week!

Linking up with my internet bestie who doesn’t know who I am, Jeannett!

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Lots to share from the last few weeks! Buckle up!

Banana pudding for a friend. But the rule is that you have to put only the prettiest cookies on top, and eat all of the broken cookies. You wouldn’t want to waste them!

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Bubbles hanging out in Willow’s crate. I don’t even know. He kicks and screams when I try to shove him in there!

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Migraine relief. I keep this with me all  the time for lots of things but at the first sign of a migraine, I roll it on!

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At my job, I get to manage work study students for a couple of hours each day. The work study students in my department are the best on campus!

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In my diffuser for like a month straight. Tempted to throw it in there today, even though it’s not Christmas…

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I have the laziest cat on earth. I folded a couple of loads of laundry before we traveled for Thanksgiving, and he didn’t put any of it away while we were gone!

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This is where my energy comes from. Love this stuff!

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Pens again. If you’ve spent any time around here, you know that these are my favorite pens in all the land. And I just got to open a new box recently. Happy dance!

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A couple of weeks before Christmas, there was a Compassion event at a local bookstore. It was incredible! You put on headphones connected to an iPod and walk through a series of rooms that were set up like a real-life Compassion child’s home/school/etc and it was narrated by the kid the rooms represented! This was one of the rooms. It was an incredible way to put into perspective the way that people live around the globe. If you get the opportunity to go to the Compassion event, go! And take your kids!

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Christmas cookie decorating. (This is the part where I admit that I bought pre-made cookies and decorations and he did the assembly.)

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This guy. We got a date night right before Christmas as part of my Christmas gifts. First stop: Tupelo Honey Cafe. It’s amazing.

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Next stop: Beauty and the Beast musical! So good! This was an incredible show! We are so blessed to live within a reasonable distance of a great venue for shows like this!

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Cookies for Santa! (This is the part where I admit that these were break and bake cookies.) (I don’t really do homemade cookies…)

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Sick day over Christmas vacation. This girl keeping me company while the rest of the house sleeps. Full disclosure: five seconds later, she was asleep at my feet. Dogs. #eyeroll

2014-12-30 14.18.38  Speaking of sick day, this concoction saved my achy joints and muscles!

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January promos! Check ‘em out!

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I fully believe this little magic in a roller saves my kid from getting sick. We roll it on the bottom of his feet and down his spine once a day. Healthy as a horse while mommy and daddy are laid up on the couch, sick as dogs. (Roller is Thieves and Oregano with sunflower oil.)

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Happy weekend, people!

The Great Christmas Exchange 2014

This Christmas I participated in another swap style gift exchange! This was my third swap of this style and it was as much fun as the first two. Check them out here and here.

I received the BEST Christmas package along with a sweet note from my new bloggy friend, Jenn at Stamp In My Passport!

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She gave me a beautiful print from She Reads Truth. It’s one of my very favorite hymns and I think the lettering is beautiful! Currently, it looks great hanging on my gallery wall. However, it may find its way to my office at work, because it will match my new black, white, and gold office decor! (Someday, I’ll get to show you my whole gallery wall. But for now, I’ll just show you this print. I have my gallery wall filled with pictures of our cherish child and unfortunately, I can’t share them to you…)

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Speaking of gold, she also gave me the perfect gold polka dotted daily planner that is already being put to good use! I’ve been drooling over one for weeks and never picked one up for myself. She must have tuned in via ESP and picked it out just for me!

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This was such a fun exchange! Thanks so much, Jenn, for an awesome Christmas gift!

Go check out Beth’s post at Oat & Oats to see what I sent her!

I’m just gonna do a little advertising…

So I love my Young Living Essential Oils, and I don’t like to do the sale-sy thing often, but I have to share this with you so you don’t miss out!

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For the month of January, the first five people to sign up for a premium starter kit will receive:

• 15 mL bottle of Cedarwood -OR-
• 15 mL bottle of Grapefruit -OR-
• 15 mL bottle of Orange -OR-
• $20 off the price of the starter kit

Not only do you receive one of these perks, but you also get to be a part of an incredible team of people (Hey, JoyDroppers!) who are so knowledgable about the best way to use essential oils. There is a wonderful community of people that I get to be a part of that has taught me more about how to use oils well than I could ever hope to learn! They love the Lord and they love oils – what more could you ask for?!

For more information about how I use essential oils, check out my 31 Days series from last October!

This deal is only offered by me and only for the first 5 people that sign up so don’t miss out!

 

January Goals

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Happy New Year!!!

Don’t let that photo above fool you. It’s from this time last year. We haven’t seen one flake of snow this year. Ugh. Hoping for some this month!

I really hate New Year’s resolutions. No one ever sticks to them. I’ve never met one person who, in December, is proud of meeting all, or even some, of their yearly goals. So here’s something new that’s not really new that I’m stealing from Beth over at Oak + Oats. If you’re not following her blog, stop right here and click over and subscribe and get lost for a while and read every single post, and then come back here. I’ll wait.

No, really. Go!

Done? Good. Now for the new tradition.

January is as good a time as any to start a new thing, right? (Except New Year’s Resolutions…) I kinda unintentionally haven’t blogged much since the 31 Day series because, well, holidays and traveling and I WROTE FOR 31 WHOLE DAYS FOR CRYING OUT LOUD so I’m looking forward to getting back in the groove.

For the first Monday of each month, or first weekday, or whatever, (let’s not put too many rules on this) at least for this year, I’ll be here sharing my goals for the upcoming month and reviewing the goals for the previous month. Sound like fun? I though so, too! (Go read Beth’s goals. Good stuff there!) (Also, when I say fun, what I really mean is scary and vulnerable and scary.)

For now, I don’t know what each month specifically will look like. Probably just two or three goals (let’s not get crazy) and they will be reading books or household goals or goals to deal with work or family. Stuff like that. Some goals might be down right silly, but that’s okay. These are my goals and my blog, so my rules. So there.

JANUARY GOALS: (Here comes the scary part…)

• Read a book. I know. That doesn’t seem like such a lofty goal. But I have a toddler and no time. And I have about three million books that are sitting on the shelves, waiting patiently for me to pick them up. By the time he goes down for the night, and I have finished the things I need to do, my brain is dead and I binge on Netflix. Lame. I need to make more time for reading and I think one per month is a good goal to start with. So that’s my first one.
Finish decorating the nursery. Seriously. We’ve had a baby or two sleeping in this nursery since July! It’s mostly done but needs a few finishing touches. Those are coming this month!
• Blog three times per week. Ahhh! As much as I love blogging, it’s again not something I make enough time for. Gonna do better.
So there’s month one! Come back the first Monday in February to see how I did!
(Full disclosure: every single time I typed “month” in this post, I first typed moth or moht. So there. Maybe another goal should be increasing my typing accuracy…)

 

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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.

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