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My Top 3 Essential Oils to Always Have on Hand

This week’s Mama’s Monday blog post is about my mom’s top three essential oils. Enjoy!!

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My family and I discovered Young Living essential oils recently and we are hooked! We have used them for everything from treating headaches and boosting immunity to creating our own homemade cleaning supplies. We are still pretty new at this but I am enjoying them so much, I thought I would share my three favorite oils thus far. It was a little hard to narrow it down, but these are the ones I find we use up the fastest!

 

 Thieves

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I LOVE how Thieves oil smells. It is an antimicrobial blend that contains clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus, and rosemary. I like to use it to boost immunity by either diffusing or rubbing on the bottoms of our feet. We have also used it to treat fungal infections and warts. It can be used in homemade cleaners, toothpaste, deodorant and more. Its spicy, homey scent would be a great addition to homemade candles – which I hope to try soon!

 

Lavender

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Lavender is gentle and safe to use even on little ones. Always dilute any oil at first though, especially on babies and children, until you and your family get used to essential oils and you learn how they/you react with each one. My favorite oil for diluting is coconut oil. I apply lavender oil neat (undiluted) on my face to treat acne and rosacea. The dry, scaly feeling is finally gone, my face has almost completely stopped peeling, and the redness is disappearing. Lavender is great to have in your first aid arsenal for cuts and bruises and is a nice addition to homemade laundry detergent. You could also use it to make a relaxing spray to scent your bed and pillow with.

 

Here is a recipe for Sweet Dreams Pillow Spray from Stacy, the Common Scents Mom.

 

Peppermint

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Peppermint is fast becoming our go-to for easing stomach and sinus complaints. When the stomach bug recently hit our home, we used peppermint oil to ease the nausea. I simply placed 1-2 drops of peppermint on the palm of “the patient” and had them rub their hands together and hold their hands near their nose to inhale the scent. We also alternated diffusing peppermint and thieves.

Peppermint can also help with a stuffy head cold – or even worse. Soon after starting our essential oils journey, I felt the awful symptoms of a sinus infection coming on. The left side of my face was quite painful! By the evening, I knew I would need to call the doctor in the morning. Rather than watch me suffer, Maiya searched our Essential Oils Pocket Reference to see if there was anything we had on hand to provide me with a little relief. She had me start inhaling the peppermint. I was in so much pain I actually applied some to my face as well – above and below my eye. (Never apply essential oils to the eye. In case of accidentally getting any oil in your eye, use MILK, NOT water to rinse out your eye.) I did this twice that evening and twice early the next morning. By the time the doctor’s office was open so I could call for an appointment, the pain was gone! By that afternoon, I was breathing through my nose again. I never made that phone call or visit.

 

There are a number of oils that I want to always have on hand, but these are my top three. To purchase these or any other oils or Young Living products, please visit my website.

 

If you wish to save money on your oils each month, consider signing up as a wholesale member.

 

On the registration form, use my sponsor ID# which is 1668471. To save even MORE money on your oils, you may want to sign up for Essential Rewards. If you sign up as a wholesale member using my sponsor ID and purchase the premium starter kit, I will send you a copy of the aforementioned book Essential Oils Pocket Reference by Life Science Publishing as a thank you gift. Please send me an email at v1hebrews11@aol.com with any questions you may have!

 

 

**Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nurse, or any other type of medical professional. I am a mom who loves natural remedies. I can only tell you how our family uses essential oils. I cannot diagnose or treat any ailment.**

 

 

Made In the Image of God

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As I was scrolling through Pinterest the other day, I was shocked at all the pins that said things about being so skinny “you can see your hip bones” and so on. Do you see something wrong with that? I do. More and more teenaged girls and young women have this idea in their head of being so skinny it becomes unhealthy. They are surrounded daily by fake and unrealistic expectations that social media places on women these days. It has messed up some girls’ lives through depression and eating disorders. They flip through pages in magazines and see images of starving models and actresses and thinking its what they should look like – why? Because that’s what society says is acceptable and beautiful. That’s what they think women are supposed to look like. And the truly sad part about it is so many girls and women give in to this deception. I’m sure there are several reasons why, but one is probably that no one has told them that they are more than acceptable and very beautiful.

To those girls, please listen up for a moment. God said in Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…” The word “formed” means to create. God created you. Let me tell you something, He doesn’t make mistakes like we do. He is perfect, and His creations are exactly what they should be: beautiful.

So… Being skinny enough to see your hip bones – or any other bone that isn’t normally seen on a person – is just as unhealthy as being overweight. I am a big advocate for staying healthy. I love sports, and eating big, yummy looking salads, and that sense of accomplishment after a good workout. But being healthy and being so supermodel skinny as to “see your hipbones” are two completely different things. I am not a body and health expert, but here’s what I do know:

First off, there are many different body types. Some women have big bone structures, and some have small. On the journey to being healthy, that is one of the first things you should know. Some girls will naturally look bigger than others because of their bone structure, and some will look pretty skinny because of theirs. Take a look at this photo I found on the internet (keep in mind that both women are the same size):

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You can see that the one on the left isn’t overweight, she just has a bigger bone structure than the woman on the right.

Height is also a big factor. If you are 5’9”, you’re going to be bigger than a girl who is 5’4”. That’s natural. It’s the way it should be. (But the shorter girl may actually look bigger!)
Another thing you should know is God didn’t create us all to be the exact same person. Where would be the fun in that? Having everyone in the world look exactly the same? BORING! God created women (and men) to be all different heights, shapes, and colors. Just like He gives us different talents, He also gives us different looks. There is diversity and beauty in different looks; like tall and short, blonde and brunette, bigger and smaller.

So, in stead of filling your mind with pictures of unhealthily skinny women, look in the mirror and say, “I am created in the image of God.” (see Genesis 1:27)

Every young lady is beautiful in her own way, and I hope that you will learn to take care of your body and also praise the Lord for the way He carefully designed you.

“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” –Psalm 139:14

If you are on Pinterest, here is a link to my board called “Healthy Living” where I share healthy recipes, all-natural health tips, exercises, and some quotes. Please feel free to follow me!