Monday, March 30, 2015

Spring Cleaning with Young Living essential oils






First, What is an essential oil?



Usage: You can use Young Living essential oils directly on the skin, inhalation or internally. Always read the label on the bottle or refer to “Essential Oils Pocket Reference” book on how to properly use the oil. You can also use essential oils for household use, cleaning, and beauty products. We have made wool dryer balls and eliminated the need for fabric softener and reduced our drying time. You can also make great gifts and pamper yourself and friends with body butters, sugar scrubs and lip balms made with essential oils.

We recommend “Gentle Babies” book if you have a baby, toddlers, if you are nursing or pregnant. We would also recommend that you dilute essential oils with a carrier oil for children. A carrier oil is Coconut, almond, olive or V-6 vegetable oil. Young Living Essential Oils are 100% pure and need to be diluted.

Precautions: Never place essential oils in your eyes, ears or sensitive areas.

The reason we chose Young Living as our provider of essential oils is because of their “Seed to Seal” process. Young Living owns their own farms, they test all their products internally and by a external 3rd party. They use essential oils for pesticides and their weed control is done by hand.
Here is a video on the seed to seal process:
http://seedtoseal.com/en/seedtoseal

First up the one that I use the most for cleaning. Thieves cleaner, is a concentrated multi-purpose cleaner. You can use is it to clean sinks, bathtubs, countertops, garbage cans, windows, mirrors, walls, floors and I recently used it on the all weather floors mats that were in my car. You only need a capful or two diluted with water. The dilution ratios and uses are listed in the following 3 documents.

Thieves electronic brochure with more information:


Lemon Oil: is great as a label or sticker remover. I used a couple of drops on these stickers stuck to my daughter’s bed and gently scraped them off.


You can also use Lemon and Citrus Fresh for dusting. Just a 5-6 drops of Lemon or Citrus Fresh essential oil and a teaspoon of olive oil to polish wood surfaces.





I also used the Young Living Lemon oil to remove the grime on top of my kitchen cabinets. I was not overwhelmed by fumes, like I was when I used a cleaner.

Air Freshener. If you are looking for a great air freshener, we recommend that you diffuse Citrus Fresh or Purification. We really like to use Lemon and Peppermint together for motivation and to freshen the air. These do a great job at eliminating the odor and not just covering up like aerosol air fresheners will do. You can also put a drop of these oils on a cotton ball and put it under the seat in your car.

Natural glass cleaner:
1/8 oz of natural liquid soap (I use Brommer’s)
7 drops of Lemon essential oil
1 teaspoon of white vinegar
32 oz of distilled or filters water.

I put the above ingredients into a glass bottle and sprayer from a spray bottle and shake. I used the glass bottle that the vinegar came in and the sprayer from an old cleaning spray bottle. Lemon and other citrus essential oils can break down the toxins in the plastic bottles.



Carpet Refresher:
½ cup of baking soda
3-5 drops of essential oil (I used Lavender)
Combine baking soda and essential oils in a bowl making sure to break up all clumping and mixing so that the scent is throughout. Put into a container with a sprinkle lid. I got this one in the glass housewares section at Meijer’s for $1. Sprinkle on carpet and let it sit, and then vacuum up.
Note: When using oils on carpet for the first time, you should always do a spot check in an inconspicuous location to ensure that the fabric/carpet retains its color.


Time to call your mom, sister or best friend, because this will possibly change the way they clean the grout for their tile floors. It is so easy to make this up. 7 cups of water, ½ cup of baking soda, 6 drops of lemon essential oil and ¼ cup of vinegar. Mix the ingredients in a bucket and use a rag to apply to the grout line. Let it sit for 30 seconds and use a bristle brush to remove the dirt.






Since January, I have been making our own foaming handsoap. I really like that I can make a something that is safer for the environment and for my family to wash their hands with.  
Fill a foaming hand soap dispenser about 3/4 full of distilled water. (1 cup of distilled water.)
Add 3 Tbs of Castile Soap. I used Dr. Brommer's that I found at Meijer's grocery store.
Add 10 drops of Young Living's Lavender oil. 

Optional: Add 3 drops of Vitamin E oil. I had this leftover from another project. 

Put lid on top of soap dispenser and shake.
I added up all of my costs and I figured that it cost almost the same as it would be for me to purchase the refill. It might be a quarter more, but the soap that I made contains a soap that is easier on the environment. Plus, I can choose my own scent with my favorite Essential Oil.

Do not use citrus Essential oils in plastic dispensers.
Lemon and other citrus essential oils can break down the toxins in the plastic.

My family has sensitive skin and Wool Dryer balls eliminate the need for fabric softener and dryer sheets. Plus, wool dryer balls save drying time. I add a drop or two of lavender essential oil to one of the wool balls and put them in the dryer with our clothes.
Instructions on how to make the wool dryer balls:
If you just need to freshen your clothes, you can put 4 drops of essential oil on a washcloth in the dryer with your clothes.

You can add a drop or two of essential oil to your detergent in the washer. I use purification on musty or smelly workout clothes.
You can also take a drop of purification and put it on a cotton ball inside shoes to help eliminate the foot odor inside the shoes.

Lavender linen spray: I also have made a lavender linen spray that I use on our bedding. Place 1 cup of distilled water and 10 drops of lavender essential oil in a spray bottle, shake and spray. I use to pay $10 for a bottle of linen spray at the mall, now this one is less than $3.50 to make.




Thieves wipes are great to have on hand to quickly wipe down counters.
10 drops of Thieves
4 oz of Thieves cleaner
6 drops of Citrus Fresh
6 drops of Purification
2 cups of water

Cut paper towel roll in half...pour 1/2 mixture over towels and let sit to soak, turn towels over and pour the rest over the towels. Reuse a wipes container or use a plastic zip-lock baggie to store the wipes in.


Our water in Michigan has a lot of rust in it. I did not take a before picture of our shower head, because it was so bad. I would have been really embarrassed to show you the before picture.
Here is a picture of the cleaning solution working, after soaking for an hour and a half and after gently scrubbing the rest of the hard water deposits and rust off. In the top right picture, you can see the hard water and rust deposits coming off.

Shower head cleaner:
2 cups of water
¼ cup of vinegar
1/3 cup of baking soda
1 capful of thieves cleaner
Put above ingredients and shower head into a baggie. You can use a rubber band to hold the baggie around the shower head. Let it soak for 1-1 ½ hours. Remove shower head from mixture and use an old toothbrush to remove the hard water deposits. 

I have not purchased stove top cleaner in over 4 months and I have saved a lot of money.
All you need is Thieves cleaner diluted in a spray bottle (go back to the top of this page to read about the Thieves cleaner dilution) and baking soda.
Sprinkle baking soda on the areas of the glass stove top that have baked on spills. Spray baking soda with diluted Thieves cleaner and let soak for 5-10 minutes. Gently use a sponge to remove the baked on food.
You can read more about how Young Living essential oils have changed my family's life by clicking on this link.


If you are interested in ordering the thieves cleaner at the wholesale price, you can get 24% off the retail price by ordering a starter kit and becoming a wholesale member. The basic starter kit comes with 5-ml Stress Away, AromaGlide Roller Fitment, two Lavender Sample Packets, two Peppermint Sample Packets, two Peace & Calming Sample Packets, two Lemon Sample Packets, two Thieves Sample Packets, and two NingXia Red 2-oz. samples. 

5ml bottles of Lavender, lemon, citrus fresh, purification and Thieves oil are included in the Premium Starter Kit. If you are interested in a diffuser and a couple of the oils, the Premium Starter kit is a great deal with 11 oils, diffuser and two NingXia Red 2oz Samples. If you order the premium starter kit, we will send you the “Essential Oils, Pocket Reference” book for free. A $25 value.

Young Living also offers the Thieves Starter Kit. This Starter Kit is ideal for those wishing to replace harmful chemicals in the home with powerful, natural alternatives. Kit includes: Thieves 15ml, Thieves AromaBright, Thieves Mouthwash, two Thieves Cleaner, two Foaming Handsoap, two Thieves Spray, two Thieves Purifier, Citrus Fresh 5-ml, AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment, and 10 essential oil samples.

You can sign up with  Beth at: http://yl.pe/5w3
I promise it is a decision you will wish you had made a long time ago!

If you are interested in learning more about Young Living Essential Oils, I invite you to like our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/oildroplife to hear more about how we use essential oils in our life.

Here is a list of the Linky parties that I link up to.  Thank you to all of the hosts for letting me post my favorite recipes, crafts, money saving ideas and activities for children.

Sunday - The Foley Family  Nifty Thrifty Things TitiCrafty I heart nap time

Monday - Craft-o-matic Clairejustine Scattered thoughts Kitchen Table Art A pinch of Joy Flour me with love Mad in Crafts All Things Fee

Tuesday - Coastal Charm Kathe with an E Memories by the Mile Tip Junkie  My uncommon slice of suburbia Mandy's Recipe Box Cupcakes and Crinoline VMG206  Hope Studios Sugar Bee Crafts  Elizabeth and Co. Not just a housewife  The Winthrop Chronicles  Funky Polkadot Giraffe Tasty Tuesdays

Wednesday- Ginger Snap Crafts DIY by Design

Thursday Think Tank Thursdays A creative Princess Marigold's Loft All things with purpose 
Lamberts Lately A glimpse Inside Aftsy Fartsy Mama Living well, spending less Someday Crafts My Girlish Whims

Friday-
Truly Lovely My Romantic Home Home Maid Simple Chic on a Shoestring Decorating Simply Sweet Home Kitchen Fun with my 3 sons The Grant Life Diana Rambles What-about.co The best blog recipes  my turn for us Peek-a-boo pattern shop craftdictator whipperberry justusfourblog crafts a la mode nancherrow Make it Pretty Monday JDaniels4's Mom Home school creations Sun Scholars Delicate Construction Lady Behind the Curtain

Saturday-
Sweet Haute Mandatory Mooch Funky Junk Interiors Cheerios and Lattes  Pierced Pastimes  A Sorta Fairytale
Cheerios and Lattes Crafty Mom Share I can teach my child Sugar Aunts



Friday, March 27, 2015

How Young Living essential oils have changed our lives:



In November of 2014, I called my friend Dana, because I wanted to strengthen our health and wellness. She had posted about Young Living essential oils and invited me to a few classes, but I was a little skeptical about spending $150 for 11 bottles of oils and a diffuser. Since, that afternoon I have used Young Living Essential Oils for my family and it has been one of the best decisions that I have made. To read more: click here

Relax and help fall asleep with Young Living Essential oils: click here to read more.


We make our own foaming hand soap: click here to read how easy it is to make.


We no longer use dryer sheet with harmful chemicals. We apply 1-2 drops of lavender essential oils to one of the dryer balls. Click here for instructions on how you can make the wool dryer balls and save money.


I also clean with essential oils. Check out this posting on what we clean with essential oils. You will be amazed at the tile cleaner.


You can follow me on facebook at: www.facebook.com/oildroplife  to see how we use essential oils in our lives everyday.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

How to make the drink: Angry Balls





I know, you are saying "What? Angry Balls?" Hear me out. "Angry Balls" is my husband's new favorite drink. When he was out of town in January, he made this drink with a bartender and the hotel bar sold out!!! He ordered it at a bar here last week, the bartender started making samples and then they sold out too!!!

First, you start with your choice of a cider beer. Then you add 1 oz of Cinnamon Whiskey.
And enjoy!

If you do not plan on enjoying this drink at home, please have a designated driver,


Here is a list of the Linky parties that I link up to.  Thank you to all of the hosts for letting me post my favorite recipes, crafts, money saving ideas and activities for children.

Sunday - The Foley Family  Nifty Thrifty Things TitiCrafty I heart nap time

Monday -Craft-o-matic Clairejustine Scattered thoughts Kitchen Table Art A pinch of Joy
Flour me with love Mad in Crafts All Things Fee

Tuesday - Coastal Charm Kathe with an E Memories by the Mile Tip Junkie  My uncommon slice of suburbia Mandy's Recipe Box Cupcakes and Crinoline VMG206  Hope Studios Sugar Bee Crafts  Elizabeth and Co. Not just a housewife  The Winthrop Chronicles  Funky Polkadot Giraffe Tasty Tuesdays

Wednesday-  Ginger Snap Crafts DIY by Design My Girlish Whims

Thursday Think Tank Thursdays A creative Princess Marigold's Loft All things with purpose  Lamberts Lately A glimpse Inside Aftsy Fartsy Mama Living well, spending less Someday Crafts

Friday-
Truly Lovely My Romantic Home Home Maid Simple Chic on a Shoestring Decorating Simply Sweet Home Kitchen Fun with my 3 sons The Grant Life Diana Rambles What-about.co The best blog recipes  my turn for us Peek-a-boo pattern shop craftdictator whipperberry justusfourblog crafts a la mode nancherrow Make it Pretty Monday JDaniels4's Mom Home school creations Sun Scholars Delicate Construction Lady Behind the Curtain

Saturday-
Sweet Haute Mandatory Mooch Funky Junk Interiors Cheerios and Lattes  Pierced Pastimes  A Sorta Fairytale
Cheerios and Lattes Crafty Mom Share I can teach my child Sugar Aunts

Young Living Essential Oils



In November of 2014, I called my friend Dana, because I wanted to strengthen our health and wellness. She had posted about Young Living essential oils and invited me to a few classes, but I was a little skeptical about spending $150 for 11 bottles of oils and a diffuser. Since, that afternoon I have used Young Living Essential Oils for my family and it has been one of the best decisions that I have made.

The reason I chose Young Living as our provider of essential oils is because of their “Seed to Seal” process. Young Living owns their own farms, they test all their products internally and by an external 3rd party. They use essential oils for pesticides and their weed control is done by hand. You can see a video on their Seed to Seal process at: www.seedtoseal.com




If you are considering purchasing Young Living Essentials, you have two ways to purchase them:
1) Purchase them as a retail member at: http://yl.pe/5w3
or 2) Sign up as a Wholesale member and save 24% off retail: http://yl.pe/5w3 
As a wholesale member you can earn free oils through Young Living's monthly promotions or through their essential rewards program.
Plus, you have the option to share Young Living essential oils with your family and friends. When your friends and family sign up to also be a wholesale member, you can earn commission. If you want to earn commission and be a part of the business side please contact me for more information. You do not need to sell Young Living essential oils to be a wholesale member. There is no monthly minimum to purchase.

I recommend the Premium Starter Kit. The Premium Starter Kit ($150 plus tax and shipping) offers the following 11 oils: Frankincense, Joy, Purification, Lemon, Peppermint, PanAway, Lavender, Thieves, StressAway, Melaleuca Alternifolia (aka Tea Tree Oil) and Citrus Fresh. You also will get the home diffuser, two sample packets (2oz each) of NingXia Red and one roller cap to put on any oil bottle. It also makes you a wholesale member so you’ll have your own account to log into to order additional oils or anything you run out of. 



Step by step instructions on how to sign up with Young Living: 
1) Click on this link: http://yl.pe/5w3
2) Fill out all the info in Step 1. Make sure that my number 2239369 is in both the enroller and sponsor locations. Click "next"
3) Fill out your personal information. Please be sure to fill out your e-mail address, so that I can add you to our facebook group and send you additional information about how to use essential oils. This page will also ask you for you Social Security number for tax purposes. If you make over $600 with Young Living, they will send you a 1099 form.   
Click on "agree and continue" after reading the terms and conditions.
4) Select your kit. Skip to the bottom of Step 3 and select "No, thank you." Once you get to the next page and the kit is added to your cart, you can "continue shopping." This is where you can add any additional oils you'd like to order.
5) Check out and you are done. Congratulations, you are now ready to start your journey with Young Living.

After you sign up as a member with me, I will continue to provide you with educational support. I have heard so many people tell me that they became a member, but did not know what to do next. That will never happen with me. You will have access to a private Facebook group, where you can search archives, ask questions, read resources and watch video tutorials.
To help you start your essential oil journey, I will send you this book, Essential Oils Pocket Reference. A $25 value.

I refer to it several times a week.

Also, please like our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/oildroplife to hear more about how we use essential oils in our life.

Obligatory Disclaimer: This information is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Anyone suffering from disease, illness or injury should consult with a physician and use essential oils at their own risk.








Sunday, March 15, 2015

Relax and help fall asleep with Young Living essential oils



Obligatory Disclaimer: The information presented during this event is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Anyone suffering from any disease, illness, or injury should consult with a physician and use essential oils at their own risk.

First, What is an essential oil?


Usage: You can use Young Living essential oils directly on the skin, inhalation or internally. Always read the label on the bottle or refer to “Essential Oils Pocket Reference” book on how to properly use the oil. You can also use essential oils for household use, cleaning, and beauty products. We have made wool dryer balls and eliminated the need for fabric softener and reduced our drying time. You can also make great gifts and pamper yourself and friends with body butters, sugar scrubs and lip balms made with essential oils.

We recommend “Gentle Babies” book if you have a baby, toddlers, if you are nursing or pregnant. We would also recommend that you dilute essential oils with a carrier oil for children. A carrier oil is Coconut, almond, olive or V-6 vegetable oil. Young Living Essential Oils are 100% pure and need to be diluted.

Precautions: Never place essential oils in your eyes, ears or sensitive areas.




The reason we chose Young Living as our provider of essential oils is because of their “Seed to Seal” process. Young Living owns their own farms, they test all their products internally and by an external 3rd party. They use essential oils for pesticides and their weed control is done by hand.




First up my favorite oil and the one that I use the most for occasional stress.

Stress Away: If I am having a busy, stressful day, I roll this on my wrists to help calm my nerves. I really like the lime scent as part of this 6 oil blend of copaiba, lime, cedar wood, vanilla, ocotea and lavender.



Peace and Calming
I diffuse Peace and Calming in my daughter’s room before she goes to bed. Peace & Calming is a relaxing blend of pure tangerine, ylang ylang, blue tansy, orange, and patchouli essential oils. When diffused, it helps calm tensions and uplift the spirit, promoting relaxation and a deep sense of peace. Peace & Calming may be applied topically or diffused directly into the air.
  Lavender is the most versatile oil. I have used lavender and almond oil on Lillie’s dry cuticles and with coconut oil on her dry skin. I also put it in my homemade foaming hand soap and on wool dryer balls. I also diffuse it in daughters room before she goes to sleep to promote a relaxed feeling. This oil is always in Lillie’s diffuser. Lavender can also help with sunburns and skin irritations. 


I also have made a lavender linen spray that I use on my daughter’s bedding: place 1 cup of distilled water and 10 drops of lavender essential oil in a spray bottle, shake and spray. I use to pay $10 for a bottle of linen spray at the mall, now this one is less than $3.50 to make.

Sleepy time cream recipe: Before my daughter goes to bed at night I rub a small amount of the following cream on her feet: ½ cup of coconut oil, 10 drops of lavender and 10 drops of peace and calming. You can also add cedar wood and valor. Whip coconut oil with a mixer for 5 minutes, add essential oils and store in a glass container.

Cedarwood has a warm, balsamic, woody aroma. It is relaxing and soothing when used for massage. I diffuse this with lavender in my daughter’s room before she goes to bed at night.




      RutaVaLa promotes relaxation of the body and mind. It helps ease tension and relieve stress. I diffuse this with lavender in Lillie’s room before she goes to bed at night. RutaVaLa is available in a 5ml bottle or a roll-on. 



Lavender and stress away are included in the Premium Starter Kit. If you are interested in a diffuser and a couple of the oils, the Premium Starter kit is a great deal with 11 oils, diffuser and two NingXia Red 2oz Samples. If you order the premium starter kit, I will send you the “Essential Oils, Pocket Reference” book. A $25 value.

I promise it is a decision you will wish you had made a long time ago!

Once you order your Young Living Essential Oils, you WILL NOT be alone. Ihave more resources to share with you.

When you sign up with me, you have access to our educational resources. I have been hearing about people signing up or purchasing oils and then not knowing what to do next. That will never happen with me!

Just a few of our resources to share with you:
1) The Essential Oil Pocket Reference from Life Science Publishers is almost 400 pages PACKED with information!!! I highly recommend this book and would never be without it! It's a must-have book!!! I love this book so much that we are giving it to you for free!



2) When you order a kit with me, you will get to join our closed group: "Natural Valor Voice". This group has hundreds of YL Essential Oil users. You can ask questions and get answers from fellow YL users. 
3) I also have other educational resources to send you via e-mail after you sign up or contact me and I can send them to you now.

Did you know that you can get FREE products with Young Living? Essential Rewards is a great way to earn points on your purchases which you can spend on free products. You can also save on shipping, with a discounted rate. Plus, everyone on our team who enrolls in Essential Rewards will receive a beautiful diffuser necklace as our gift to you. (A $15 value.) 



Another way to earn free oils:

Every month Young Living offers free product by ordering at least 190 PV, the Premium Starter kit is 100 PV. If you are thinking about adding a few oils onto your order, keep in mind that you can get a free bottle of Majoram oil, if you order 190 PV. According to the Essential Oils Pocket Guide, when diffused it assists in calming the nerves. Perfect addition to the oils that we talked about in this class. Who doesn’t like free stuff? If you have any question about the monthly rewards program, please feel free to contact us.


Sunday - The Foley Family  Nifty Thrifty Things TitiCrafty I heart nap time

Monday -Craft-o-matic Clairejustine Scattered thoughts Kitchen Table Art A pinch of Joy
Flour me with love Mad in Crafts All Things Fee

Tuesday - Coastal Charm Kathe with an E Memories by the Mile Tip Junkie  My uncommon slice of suburbia Mandy's Recipe Box Cupcakes and Crinoline VMG206  Hope Studios Sugar Bee Crafts  Elizabeth and Co. The Winthrop Chronicles  Funky Polkadot Giraffe Tasty Tuesdays

Wednesday-  DIY by Design

Thursday Think Tank Thursdays A creative Princess Marigold's Loft All things with purpose 
Lamberts Lately A glimpse Inside Aftsy Fartsy Mama Living well, spending less Someday Crafts My Girlish Whims

Friday- Home Maid Simple Simply Sweet Home Kitchen Fun with my 3 sons What-about.co my turn for us craftdictator crafts a la mode

Truly Lovely My Romantic Home  Chic on a Shoestring Decorating   The Grant Life Diana Rambles The best blog recipes  Peek-a-boo pattern shop  whipperberry justusfourblog  nancherrow Make it Pretty Monday 

Saturday-
Mandatory Mooch Funky Junk Interiors Cheerios and Lattes  Pierced Pastimes  A Sorta Fairytale
Cheerios and Lattes Crafty Mom Share I can teach my child Sugar Aunts






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