Sunday, August 31, 2014

10 Ways to Use Essential Oils for Cold & Flu Season!

So, cold and flu season is approaching and I'm already hearing from a lot of friends about their sick kids and illness wreaking havoc in their households. Those back to school germs are on the prowl - looking for an immune system to attack. We are homeschooling our girls but we are involved in plenty of church and sports activities and I know it won't be long before we are picking up some bug or another.


Today, I'm going to share my top 10 ways of using essential oils to fight cold and flu symptoms. And these are ways to fight symptoms without having to use over-the-counter meds - all with pure, therapeutic grade essential oils!

1) Thieves, Thieves and more Thieves - This is THE oil you want to have in your arsenal to deal with any type of illness. If my kids are sick, I will rub this one on their chests and backs and feet. We also diffuse it regularly to keep the germs at bay.

2) Fever reducer - I use lavender and/or peppermint oils to bring a fever down. Honestly, fevers are a good thing! They are a sign that your body is working and fighting off a bug. But, as numbers climb higher, most mamas become more concerned and will turn to over-the-counter medications to reduce the fever. What I do now is use essential oils to help bring that fever down by applying them diluted on the spine, under the arms and on the feet. I do this with both of my kids and I have done this for myself. Recently I had a low grade temp and tried this method and I could (literally within minutes) tell it was bringing my fever down.

3) Hot tea - At the first sign of an illness coming on for myself, I make a hot tea with 1 T. apple cider vinegar (helps balance the p.H. of the body), 1 T. honey and 1 drop of Thieves oils - all in a mug of hot water and drink that down. It's very soothing and the honey helps with the taste as well as having therapeutic benefits itself. You guys - it has worked like a charm every time!

4) Ear ache - I use lavender and Purification oils and rub along the outside of the ear and down the lymph nodes to help the ear open up and drain.

5) Nausea/vomiting/constipation/diarrhea - Peppermint oil works really well for any of these symptoms - either rubbed diluted directly on the belly - or for an adult, a drop in a capsule or on the tongue. I am also a fan of Di-Gize, an exclusive blend from Young Living and like this one rubbed on the stomach as well.

6) Congestion - We are huge fans of the "allergy trio" in my house and it works really well for congestion. I don't suffer from allergies but I have used lemon, lavender and peppermint oils to help with sinus congestion and drainage. 

7) Cough - Breathe Again and R.C. have both worked really well for coughing and wheezing. Both of my girls are asthmatic and so is my husband. I have started diffusing R.C. at night for the girls to help with their symptoms. And we rub Breathe Again on their chests and feet as needed.

8) Headaches - My "go-to" method for dealing with a headache is Lavender and PanAway with Peppermint to drive in the other oils. I rub them diluted with a carrier oil on my neck and shoulders and temples if need be.

9) Sore throat - Along with the hot tea method I described earlier, I also will rub Purification on the front of my neck along the throat. I also do this with my kids if they are complaining of a sore throat.

10) Probiotics - Did you know that 70-80% of the immune system is located in the gut? If you think solely eating yogurt is going to make a difference, it won't. Most yogurts only have one strain of bacteria in them and it is not likely an active culture. I take Young Living's Life 5 probiotic every single night before bed. It has 10 billion active cultures and builds up the gut with 5 strains of "good" bacteria. I can't emphasize enough how big of a difference a good probiotic has made in my digestive and overall health!

Many of the oils I mentioned are available in Young Living's premium starter kit. And for just a few short weeks, Young Living is substituting Di-Gize for Purification and Sacred Frankincense for Frankincense. The kit is the same price but has an added value of more than $40 - making the total value of the kit around $340. 


During the month of September, I'm also sending anyone who picks up a premium starter kit an Essential Oils Pocket Reference Guide, a glass spray bottle, a glass dropper bottle, two glass roll-on bottles and a month's supply of capsules. It's my gift to you to help you get started! 


How to get your hands on the Premium Starter Kit:

1. Click over to the sign-up page: https://www.youngliving.com/signup/?site=US&sponsorid=1581200&enrollerid=1581200

2. Select “Sign Up As: Young Living Wholesale Member” (this secures you the 24% off discount on all future orders).

3. The “Enroller ID” and “Sponsor ID” boxes should already be filled in for you.  If they aren’t, fill in 1581200 in both spots.

4. Fill out your name, billing address, shipping address, and contact info. (The reason you are asked for your SSN is for tax purposes; if you make over $600/year selling Young Living products, you will receive a 1099 form in the mail, as is required by law. Young Living never shares this info with anyone, and you’re not obligated to sell anything EVER).

5. Create your password and pin which you will use to log in to your account and order your oils (and make sure you keep that information handy!)

6. Select your enrollment order. This is where you can specify which starter kit you would like. I recommend either the Premium Starter Kit with the home diffuser for $150 or the Premium Starter Kit with the Aroma Diffuser, which is $160. 

7. It will ask if you want to sign up for the Essential Rewards program. I recommend saying no to this for now - there are some great benefits but we can chat about these later! :)
 
8. Agree to Terms & Conditions.

9. Be sure to CONFIRM YOUR ORDER. Some folks miss this step and end up not fully checking out. To confirm, the tool will log you in and it will show you your order again and it will make you enter in your payment information again.

10. Wait and be excited! :)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Gossamer Blue: Preschool Field Trip

Happy Friday! I have one more layout to share with you using the August kits from Gossamer Blue! This month’s kits included a school themed add-on  that inspired me to create some more pages of my daughters’ preschool year. They visited a local grocery store as part of learning more about their neighborhood and had some “behind-the-scenes” experiences there. It was a fun trip!


At the top of the first page, I put two of the Teresa Collins tags together on their sides. In the center, I embellished with an exclusive “hello” cork.


I enlarged a main photo of the kids inside the store to about 5×7 and then backed it with two pieces of the Heidi Swapp paper pad in the Bits & Pieces kit. I had fun cutting out my title with my Silhouette Cameo and mixed and matched fonts.


On the second page, I used more of the Heidi Swapp paper pad. I didn’t trim the white strip from the top and simply placed a brad in the hole at the top of the page for more embellishment.


Finally, I lined up three more Teresa Collins tags on the bottom of the second page. The alphabet tag was perfect for a school layout. I also covered up one of the tags with an exclusive Life Pages card – the notebook paper card kept in the school theme so I include more journaling.


Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoy your long weekend! :)

Monday, August 25, 2014

35 Items I No Longer Buy Since Using Essential Oils!

Recently I wrote about my love of essential oils and how they have changed the health of my family dramatically! From allergies to asthma to anxiety to headaches/migraines to colds and flu, we use oils for just about everything in our house.

 
I do get a lot of questions about what essential oils cost and while it is a little bit of an investment in the beginning, I thought it would awesome to point out the products I no longer buy because I am using essential oils in my household. No matter what the issue, I always recommend Young Living's premium starter kit. It's the best way to get the biggest bang for your buck, so to speak. You get 11 different oils plus a home diffuser and it's the greatest way to try out a variety of oils. When I first got my kit, I didn't think I would be using all of the oils in it but I found out quickly I was wrong! I have used up every single oil and then some! ;)

So let's get right onto that list of what I no longer buy, shall we?
  • Acne remedies
  • Insect bite remedies
  • Allergy meds
  • Sleep meds
  • Some skin care - cleansers and moisturizers
  • Antacids
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Cold meds
  • Cough meds
  • Fabric softeners
  • Bug spray/repellant
  • Scented candles
  • Body scrubs
  • Sunburn reliever
  • Sports pain cream
  • Sore throat spray
  • Cough drops
  • Perfume
  • Pain relievers
  • Anxiety meds
  • Scented lotions
  • Fever reducers
  • Goo-Gone type products
  • Coffee/energy drinks
  • Bathroom cleaner
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Air freshener
  • Hand soap
  • Anti-nausea meds
  • Motion sickness meds
  • Diarrhea meds
  • Constipation meds
  • PMS meds
  • Floor cleaner
  • Disinfecting spray 
Folks, we are saving a significant amount of money here! It's actually been a money saver for us instead of the other way around. Also, our prescriptions and doctor co-pays have significantly been reduced because we are being more preventative with how we handle health issues. That being said, we will definitely go to the doctor if it is needed but our natural alternatives have already made a difference for us. You know what else I find exciting? Young Living essential oils are not just available in the United States - they are available ALL OVER THE WORLD. I know I have a lot of international friends that stop by to read here every now and then so I would love to help you get started too!

Sounds pretty great, right? For anyone who picks up a premium starter kit yet this month, I'll send you an Essential Oils Pocket Reference Guide and a Thieves hand sanitizer for FREE (a $30 value).




How to get your hands on the Premium Starter Kit:

1. Click over to the sign-up page: https://www.youngliving.com/signup/?site=US&sponsorid=1581200&enrollerid=1581200

2. Select “Sign Up As: Young Living Wholesale Member” (this secures you the 24% off discount on all future orders).

3. The “Enroller ID” and “Sponsor ID” boxes should already be filled in for you.  If they aren’t, fill in 1581200 in both spots.

4. Fill out your name, billing address, shipping address, and contact info. (The reason you are asked for your SSN is for tax purposes; if you make over $600/year selling Young Living products, you will receive a 1099 form in the mail, as is required by law. Young Living never shares this info with anyone, and you’re not obligated to sell anything EVER).

5. Create your password and pin which you will use to log in to your account and order your oils (and make sure you keep that information handy!)

6. Select your enrollment order. This is where you can specify which starter kit you would like. I recommend either the Premium Starter Kit with the home diffuser for $150 or the Premium Starter Kit with the Aroma Diffuser, which is $160. 

7. It will ask if you want to sign up for the Essential Rewards program. I recommend saying no to this for now - there are some great benefits but we can chat about these later! :)
8. Agree to Terms & Conditions.

9. Be sure to CONFIRM YOUR ORDER. Some folks miss this step and end up not fully checking out. To confirm, the tool will log you in and it will show you your order again and it will make you enter in your payment information again.

10. Wait and be excited! :)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Gossamer Blue: Sno Cone Love

Good morning! Today I have another layout to share using the August kits from Gossamer Blue. My kids love their summer sno cone treats so I created this layout showcasing the fun! I used a white background because I wanted the bright colors to pop.


The pieces behind each photo are actually vellum from Webster's Pages. Love the color and patterns of their new vellum! The transparent circle is from Basic Grey. 


For the title I wanted to add some texture so I used my Cameo to cut it out of white cardstock for a tone-on-tone effect and then I outlined it with a black pen. 


Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Gossamer Blue: Future Firefighters

This month, there were a lot of great elements in the August Gossamer Blue kits that translated well to layouts about school! And considering I didn't have a chance to scrapbook most of the girls' preschool year last year, I took advantage of that! Last fall, the local fire department visited and the kids all enjoyed the time to learn more about fire safety.


I love using stars for school pages and the kits had vellum stars from Heidi Swapp and wood veneer stars from Studio Calico. I used my Cameo to cut out "firefighters". 


I had individual photos of the girls in the firetruck so I sized them very small (about 2x3) and then labeled them with stickers and die-cuts.


Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Monday, August 04, 2014

Gossamer Blue: 11 Years

Good morning! Today I have my first layout to share using the August main kit from Gossamer Blue! By the way, I'm very excited to continue on with the Gossamer Blue team again for another year. As you may have noticed I have cut way back on assignments but being on the Gossamer Blue team has worked really well for me and I LOVE Lori's kits. And I'm very excited for the direction she's taking the company - new collections plus her awesome kits! 

For my first layout this month, I created a page for our anniversary album. I loved all of the Webster's Pages and Teresa Collins in the kits this month.


My design was very simple and I cut the title out with my Cameo.


The numbers were perfect to add to this layout - they are part of the exclusive printables this month! And I really love the exclusive cork pieces - a lot of fun options! :)


Thanks for stopping by! :)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Natural Alternatives


Hello friends! Typically, I keep most of my blog posts focused on scrapbooking but occasionally I'll share Stitch Fix reviews, recipes or birthday party details and every now and then I blog about companies or products that I use and love - like I did with the Honest Company. Over the past year especially, I have become really passionate about being proactive with my own health and the health of my family. And this was primarily because of some health issues/concerns I experienced during that time. I firmly believe that there is a time and a place for traditional medicine but the more research I do and from what I have now witnessed with my own eyes, there is much to be said for keeping healthy in a more natural way. 

Over the winter, I started using essential oils from Young Living. And my experiences have literally changed my life. We have used oils to help treat symptoms of colds/flu, headaches/migraines, sore throats, energy, ear aches, stomach aches, allergies, asthma, anxiety, depressions, PMS, cleaning, cuts/scrapes and more. We have cut way back on our use of prescription and over-the-counter medications. I could not tell you the last time I have taken ibuprofen for a headache. My kids no longer need to be on their daily allergy medication. I could go on and on. As I have learned more about essential oils, I have been putting together my research and hosting free online classes twice a month.

The best way I have found to get started with essential oils is to check out Young Living's premium starter kit. It includes 11 different oils plus a home diffuser. The diffuser has been a game changer for us as well. I don't burn candles anymore because the oils smell so wonderful and we are receiving health benefits from them. What is also very exciting about Young Living is that they ship all over the world so if you are an international friend, you can also give the oils a try! 

Here is a YouTube video I created that goes over what you receive in Young Living's Premium Starter Kit.

I have a new online class coming up the night of Wednesday, July 23rd and we're going to focus on oils that can help with female health. So we'll talk about oils for things like migraines, bloating, cramps, hot flashes, mood swings, hormonal imbalances, etc. I've been trying the oils out myself for several months specifically for these issues so I'm excited to share what I have been doing.



If you would like an invite to the class or have any questions at all, please send me an email to cornellgj(at)yahoo(dot)com.
 
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