[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.

Headache

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.

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[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.

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[31 Days] Day 22: Sleepy Roll-On

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We only have one diffuser at home right now. Cody and I each have one in our offices at work but our house is small and we are all usually all in one room together until bedtime so it’s not necessary to have multiple. Yet. :)

At night, we usually diffuse in our room and our magic sleep combination to diffuse is Lavender and Cedarwood. I use 4 drops of Lavender and 2 drops of Cedarwood and it’s just right to help us sleep throughout the night without nightmares or waking up. So what do I do for my two-year-old?

Easy. I made a roller for his feet! Let’s back up. My little one is a good sleeper. He falls asleep easily and sleeps through the night. He usually sleeps until right around 7:00 a.m. (I know, right?!) and he wakes up happy most mornings. There are occasional mornings that he wakes up early or gets woken up by us moving through the house and he wakes up cranky. When I use the sleepy roller on his feet before bed, though, he consistently sleeps until at least 7:00 a.m. and wakes up happy and well-rested. (I have read testimonies where this combination of oils helps even the worst sleeper – both kid and adult! Try it!)

So what’s the recipe? I’m so glad you asked! :)

sleepy recipe

Grab a roller container. I use an empty 15 mL lavender bottle with a roller top from Young Living. It fits perfectly (not pictured because it’s on my son’s changing table :))! Add about 50 drops of Lavender and 50 drops of Cedarwood. Then I add about 100 drops of sunflower seed oil. Grape seed is also a great option. Heck, use olive oil if that’s all you have! You really can’t mess up!

At bedtime, roll on this mixture on the bottoms of your littles’ feet. Then use your hands to really rub it in. My son likes for me to put the bottoms of his feet together and rub. It tickles and he loves it!

Try this mixture on your littles! Try it on yourself! I’ve used it and it’s great!

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 21: DIY Pain Cream

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For a long time, I’ve used Arnica gel as a pain treatment when I have a sore back or cricky neck, or any other pain or soreness. I’ve always loved it. Last night I saw a Facebook post on one of my oily Facebook groups that started the wheels in my brain to turning! An oily friend mentioned that she used pure aloe vera gel and added oils to it to make a pain cream. I thought, “I can do that with Arnica!”

The recipe is:

• 1 tube Arnica gel (or roughly 3 oz aloe vera gel)
• 15 drops Lemongrass
• 15 drops PanAway
• 15 drops Peppermint
• 15 drops Valor

Mx well and spoon into a glass container. I like to use small mason jars!

diy pain cream pic

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 20: Oils for Pets

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If you’ve spent any time at all reading my blog outside of this series, you’ve met our little Willow-dog.

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We adopted Willow three and a half years ago. We love her and couldn’t image our lives without her! Unfortunately, she had a hard life before she came to live with us. For the first year of her life, she was a stray and was found pregnant and about to die. Thankfully, the ones who found her knew just what to do and she was spared, and had an emergency c-section. She spent the next year of her life in a rescue with about 40 other dogs just waiting to be adopted by us! Obviously that part of her life left her with some trauma that she still carries to a degree.

For example:
• She is fearful of someone taking her food so we have to leave her alone when she eats
• She HATES the doorbell (and also Wheel of Fortune because of all the dinging…)
• She doesn’t like for anyone to touch her toys unless she’s ready to play
• She doesn’t like nighttime thunderstorms

See what I mean? And do you see where I’m going with this? :)

Once I started using oils, I started researching how oils could be useful for Willow. Sure enough! There are lots of people who use oils for their pets!

When Willow is in a stressful situation, I reach for the Stress Away. It has a roller ball on the bottle so I rub a little on the tips of her ears and on the pads of her two front feet. She hates the smell (well, she hates the smell of anything good, including doggie perfume from the groomer…she’d much rather smell like something that’s rotting outside…) so for a few minutes, she’ll frantically rub herself on the couch or floor trying to get it off. :) Sorry, puppy, not gonna happen. A few minutes after that, she’s usually passed out on the couch asleep.

I follow this same regimen if there’s a thunderstorm at night. It calms her down quickly and puts less stress on her! I hate the idea of her being upset or stressed so I’ll do anything I can to take it away! Stress Away does that for us!

There are lots of other ways essential oils work for pets. They are great for treating minor wounds and cuts, and even upset tummies! Recently, Willow had a gurgle-y tummy. She didn’t have any other symptoms but I could tell she was a little uncomfortable. I tried to give her pumpkin but she wouldn’t even eat it! I rubbed a tiny bit of Di-Gize on her tummy and the gurgling stopped! She seemed much better! *WARNING* Some oils are not good for cats. Their livers process the oils much differently than ours. Never close up your cat in a small room where a diffuser is running. Make sure they have a safe place to go away from the diffuser. They will leave the room if they don’t like it! Also, make sure that you are careful about what oils touch your cat, even if they are just residual oils from your own hands. Do some research if you have a cat! With that said, there are many oils that are beneficial to cats! Some cats will even go sit near a diffuser if they like what they smell! Trust your kitty!

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 19: Mascara with Lavender

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Being a part of Young Living, and more specifically the Joy Droppers, I get to be in some super secret Facebook groups that are really informative and encouraging! (If you’re interested in oils, I can add you to our group! Just send me an email and I’ll get you in! It’s an awesome place to learn!)

One of the things I kept seeing was that ladies were adding a drop of lavender to their mascara tubes. What?! Why?! I did some digging and found that not only does the lavender keep the mascara from clumping up and drying out – ick! – but it also encourages eyelashes to grow and be healthy! I’m sold!

eye before and after

I wish I had taken a better “before” picture! In both pictures, I am wearing the same brand of mascara, but the “after” picture is after a few weeks of using the mascara with a drop of lavender in the tube.

Several weeks ago, I bought a new tube of mascara (this kind – it’s cheap and my favorite) and added just one drop of lavender essential oil and moved the wand up and down a few times in the tube to mix it in well. Now, my mascara smells amazing and it’s helping my eyelashes grow, grow, grow! I had puny, pitiful eyelashes before that always fell out throughout the day. Now, they are long, thick, and strong! Love it!

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 18: Carrier Oils

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Today, let’s talk carrier oils. I’ve mentioned them here and there though out this series but today I want to touch on why they are an important part of using essential oils.

Carrier Oils

It’s important to use carrier oils so that they extend the life of your essential oils. Not only will it make a bottle last longer, but it will also allow the essential oil to sit on your skin a bit longer and be absorbed by your skin a little easier. Carrier oils also make it easier to spread EOs around a little easier.

The most convenient way to use carrier oils that I’ve found is making roller ball containers, (like allergy and happy,) by putting single oils or mixes in a roller container, and add a carrier oil to double the volume in the container. That provides a 1:1 ratio for carrier oil to essential oil. That way you always have diluted oils ready to go! *BONUS TIP* Each bottle of Young Living Essential Oil has a label that explains the best dilution ratio for that particular oil. Most oils operate best with a 1:1 ratio but there are some oils like Peppermint that are much “hotter” oils and are best when used more heavily diluted.

Some popular carrier oil options include olive oil, grape seed oil, jojoba oil, and coconut oil (both solid and fractionated). The ones I use most are  sunflower seed oil and grape seed oil. They are odorless and flavorless. Just make sure whatever you choose is high quality cooking oil. (Oils from the beauty section of most grocery stores have added synthetics. They are also more expensive. Choose cooking oils every time.)

Something else to remember about carrier oils are how they affect your skin. Most of the common oils have been given a rating to help us choose what we’d like to use. This graphic below lists out some of the common oils and their comedogenic ratings. I choose sunflower seed oil because of its low rating. I can count on it to not clog my pores.

Carrier Oils Ratings

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 17: Diffuser Necklace

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I’ve mentioned how important inhaling oils are. They are incredibly potent and useful when inhaled, which means diffusing in an important part of using oils. Also, they just smell soooooo good!

Daily, I wear a diffuser necklace. It looks like this (there are a lot of different designs…this is just one!):

diffuser necklace collage

You can see that it has a little leather disc where I drop the oils. One drop is all that’s needed! By the time I get the lid screwed back on the bottle, the oil has soaked in to the leather. Throughout the day, I can smell the oils and I’m reminded of how they are helping me!

This necklace idea opens the door for a lot of diffusing options. A few days ago, I was at Walmart in the craft jewelry section. They had little leather bracelets for $2 each! They are finished and smooth on one side and suede-like on the other. Just like the leather disc inside of my diffuser necklace!

Lightbulb! I could easily make a diffuser for my car! I mean, the obvious thing to do is make a diffuser bracelet…and that’s a great idea! But I already have a necklace and my car is, well, I have a two-year-old, and somehow the car always smells like old food…so my car needs some oily help! (I also need to dust it…ick!)

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I just dropped three drops of Purification “rough” side of the bracelet and put it around the gear stick-handle-whatever thing and done! My car now smells amazing and not like old food. And that’s always a good thing. :)

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 16: DIY Poo-Pourri Spray

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Y’all. I’m about to die of embarrassment. I can’t believe I’m actually blogging about this.

Poop.

DIY Poo-Pourri Spray

I’ve heard amazing things about Poo-Pourri Spray but I’ve never used it before. Probably too embarrassed to actually buy it in a store. I came across a recipe for making it at home so I tried it just to see. Amazing! I love it! I’ll never *ahem* go without it again. :) (Seriously, so embarrassing…)

I mixed 10 drops of Lavender and 10 drops of Peppermint in a small metal spray bottle and topped it off with water. To use, give it a good shake and spray 3-4 times in the toilet bowl before sitting down. You can use any blend of oils you like. (And I like to mark used containers with washi tape.)

Here’s how it works: when you spray the oil mixture into the bowl, it forms a barrier across the top of the water so that all offending smells get trapped under it.

Just try it and use it. But don’ t talk to me about it. Just keep it to yourself.

Okay, I have to end this before I collapse in a heap of bright red cheeks and shaky hands. Dead of embarrassment. Dead.

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 15: Happy Roll-On

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Remember way back on Day 5 when I made a roll-on for allergies? That’s only one combo that I use for rollers! Another favorite of mine is the happy roller. I shamelessly stole this recipe from a friend, (hey Erin!) and use it on my son when he’s cranky or I’m about to drop him off at school. I use it on myself on a regular basis, too! It’s great for moms! :)

Happy Roll-On

To make roller containers, I fill the container roughly half way with EOs and fill the rest of the way with carrier oils. A typical roller (like the one above) holds somewhere around 10 mL of oils. A 5 mL bottle is equivalent to about 80 drops of EOs so I use math (barely – ha!) and determine that a 10 mL will hold about 160 drops. I reduce that to 150 so that it’s not crazy full. Just full enough. So to obtain a 1:1 dilution ratio, I use 75 total drops of EOs and fill the rest of the way with a carrier.

For the happy roller, I use:
• 25 drops Joy
• 25 drops Orange
• 25 drops Valor

Then I fill with a carrier oil (I like sunflower seed oil) and put the top on. As needed, I roll on the insides of my son’s wrists and he rubs them together. Then I rub some over his heart, and even sometimes behind his ears. I do the same thing to myself as I need and even put some in my diffuser necklace. Love it!

I keep a happy roller on my son’s changing table (with a few other rollers!) and I keep the one pictured above with me AT ALL TIMES. Seriously, I’m never without it. It smells amazing so sometimes I’ll just open it up and take a deep breath!

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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