Spring is in the air...or is that pollen?

Mud, windy days, sunshine and rain, Spring is always a welcome time of renewal and freedom.
Are you ready for a little spring re-fresh??
How about oral sprays, self-care and mindfulness? That’s what this month’s Wellness Wednesdays have in store for you so, fill up those diffusers, grab your favorite wellness drink, and let’s get started! 
Spring may be beautiful but it can be a bit of a challenge with those acute respiratory needs that pop up, too. These simple rollers and sprays will make the season much easier for you…and your nose…
Changing Seasons Oral Spray
Let me introduce you to your new springtime companion that will give your respiratory system a little TLC.  
We know using oils topically and diffusing them are great health habits, but there is even more benefit in using them on the mucous membrane areas, including your mouth. 
* 10mL glass spray bottle (https://amzn.to/3CAxsnI
* 1 drop each Lavender Vitality, Copaiba Vitality, Peppermint Vitality
* 2 drops Orange Vitality, Lemon Vitality
* Splash Thieves Mouthwash, optional
* Filtered water
Add all ingredients into a spray bottle and shake well. Spritz into your mouth daily or as desired! 
Raindrop Oral Spray
This definitely won’t take the place of a Raindrop session, but sometimes your defenses need a little extra boost, and this combination of oils is a go-to when you need something a little ‘more.' 
* 10mL glass spray bottle (https://amzn.to/3CAxsnI
* 1 drop each Oregano Vitality, Thyme Vitality, Peppermint Vitality, Basil Vitality
* 2 drops Lemon Vitality, Orange Vitality  
* Splash Olive Oil
* Filtered Water
Add all ingredients into a spray bottle and shake well. Spritz into your mouth daily or as desired. Note: this one may tingle a bit, similar to OTC throat sprays. 
Raindrop Roller
This roller is an easy way to harness the power of Raindrop with easy application. I prefer to layer the individual Raindrop oils on the bottoms of my feet, getting the most frequency out of each of the oils instead of averaging them together in a roller, but that’s my personal preference right now. I have used this roller for years and I was never disappointed.
* 10mL roller bottle (https://amzn.to/3H3jBZ4
* 10 drops each Oregano, Thyme, Basil, Marjoram, Cypress, Peppermint, Wintergreen, Aroma 
Siez, Lavender, Valor
* Fill with carrier oil of choice
Apply over lymph nodes, along spine, bottom of the feet as desired
DIY Nasal Rinse
Grab your Neti-pot and whip up your own oil-infused sinus rinse! 
* 10 drops Lavender essential oil
* 15 drops Copaiba essential oil
* 8 Tbsp of ultra fine salt (unprocessed, no iodine) 
Mix well and store in a sealed glass jar. To use, dissolve 1 tsp of salt mixture into 1&1/2 cups of distilled water (or water from a Berkey filter or boil and cool some water), then add to your Neti pot and use as needed. 
DIY Season's Change Capsules
Make using your Vitality oils easy with this simple hack! 
* 2oz glass dropper bottle
* 30 drops each Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Copaiba Vitality
* Olive oil to desired dilution (about 2 Tbsp)
When you're ready to make a capsule, fill an empty vegetable capsule with a dropperful of the blend and take as desired. 
Sinus Support Steam Pot
When you're needing some relief from the pressure that spring can cause your sinuses, give this tried and true trick a go!                                                                                                                                                                                            
* Bowl of very hot, steaming water
* 2-3 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
* 2-4 drops Dorado Azul Essential Oil
Add essential oils to the water (start with the lower end and add more as desired). Place a towel over your head and sit with your head above the steam bath to open the airways. 
Happy Noses Roller
This is a great roller to use anytime you need some sinus relief, but I’ve heard it is pretty great after doing the sinus steam pot! 
* 10mL roller bottle (https://amzn.to/3H3jBZ4
* 20 drops each Dorado Azul, Idaho Blue Spruce
* 10 drops DiGize, R.C.
* 5 drops Peppermint
Roll over your sinus cavities as desired. Take care when using near your eyes and dilute more if needed. If you get it too close to your eyes, simply apply coconut oil over the area.

Diffusing FAQs!

Did you know that diffusing is one of the easiest health habits you can start?? Immune, sleep, respiratory, emotional support along with cleaning the air in your home…not to mention the incredible smell combinations you can create!! 
There are three major ways to use essential oils - topically (on your skin), ingesting, or aromatically (diffusing, or inhaling right from the bottle.) Diffusing is super effective for emotions, mental or respiratory support, rest and relaxation. 
All you need to start diffusing essential oils is a diffuser, a little bit of water, and some Young Living essential oils!
Each diffuser will have a fill line on the inside, so just add water to the fill line, add your oils of choice, replace the lid and turn on the diffuser. Instant transformation! You can place a diffuser virtually anywhere - your home, office, even your car! 
Feeling a little stressed with early morning traffic? Try Peppermint +Stress Away in an usb diffuser (https://amzn.to/3wo3Bxo) that sits right in your vehicle cup holder. 
Need some help calming your thoughts at bedtime? Lavender, Cedarwood & Vetiver are your friends. (Put your diffuser right by your bed!). 
Feeling a little stuffy? Diffuse Raven, Lemon and Frankincense (get extra oomph for diffusing while you shower - oils + steam!). 
Want a festive atmosphere without the toxins in wall plugs and candles? Fire up that diffuser with a seasonal scent! Cinnamon bark, Clove and Orange are great in the fall/winter, and we love Lavender, Lemon and Lime in the spring/summer!
Quick tip! If you don't have a diffuser or have access to a wall plug/USB outlet, grab a tissue or some cotton balls and drop a few drops of oil onto them. Place them in an air vent or under a seat in a vehicle or anywhere you can to create a passive diffuser! 

Are you wondering how breathing in some Lavender can change your mood??
Breathing the oils sends messages to your brain through your cranial nerves. The olfactory (sense of smell) cranial nerve ends in the brain right next to the organs of the limbic system - the system that controls mood, emotions and memory. So inhaling oils triggers that area of your brain, helping you rest, reset, and recharge. And diffusing is a great way to get the benefit of these oils for more than one individual! Play with combinations to find the ones you love and that are the most beneficial to you!

How long can I diffuse at a time?
I could have diffusers going in our home pretty much 24/7. In our large, open areas I  don't keep track of how long I diffuse. At bedtime I use the intermittent setting on the diffusers so they run all night long! If you are diffusing in a room where doors are closed (ie kids bedrooms), simply add less oils and use the intermittent setting. Don't overthink it!
How many drops do I use?
That will depend on your diffuser! Larger ones that cover more area will require more drops. Here are the current diffusers available from Young Living:
Duet diffuser uses no water, simply add the oil bottles of choice! 
Aria diffuser: 15-25 drops essential oil, covers about 430 sq. feet
Desert Mist diffuser: 8-12 drops essential oil, covers about 320 sq. feet
DewDrop and Rainstone diffusers: 5–8 drops of essential oil, covers approximately 320 sq. ft.
Sprout the Puppy diffuser: 8-20 drops essential oil
Find info on each of the Young Living diffusers RIGHT HERE    

Do I need to clean my diffuser?
It is recommended that you clean your diffuser for best results. 
For the Aria, simply wipe it down after every use with a clean, dry cloth + wash the glass bowl either by hand or in the dishwasher as needed. 
For other diffusers, it is recommended that you clean the ultrasonic plate and lid after each use. 
If oil begins to build up on the ultrasonic plate, gently wipe it off using a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol, and if oil begins to build up on the lid, gently wipe it off using mild soap and water only.

Did you know you can turn the lights on and off and change the colors on the diffusers? Or that the kids' diffusers can also double as a sound machine? Depending on the diffuser simply press the button on the left to cycle through the light options.
Most diffusers also have 1-2 intermittent modes, which can be changed by pressing the button on the right to cycle through the options! This is one of our favorite ways to have oils diffusing while we sleep.
Check out the manual that comes with your diffuser or the product link above for specific info on each one!

What's your favorite diffuser blend??

Festive holiday diffuser and roller bottle blends!

Fill your diffuser with Vanilla & Christmas Spirit and grab a mug of Peppermint cocoa because it's time to get festive! No matter what holiday (if any!) you celebrate this time of year, these fun and festive recipes, DIYs and diffuser blends are certain to create a cozy, welcoming winter home. 

A great diffuser blend can set the stage for whatever you have going on this season. Create a cozy home, bring in some bakery vibes, reminisce with the feelings of a frosted forest, or set the stage for a long winter's nap! ;)

Popular Winter Candle Dupes 
It's not just visible decorations that bring those warm, welcoming winter feelings, it's the scents as well - cinnamon, spruce, orange, and spice. We ditched the toxic candles for oils years ago, so here are our top 10 candle-inspired favorites! 

  • Mulled Cider: 4 Christmas Spirit + 2 Grapefruit + 2 Clove + 3 Bergamot
  • Fresh Balsam: 4 Idaho Balsam Fir + 3 Cedarwood + 2 Eucalyptus
  • Frosted Cranberry: 4 Cinnamon Bark + 4 Stress Away + 3 Ylang Ylang
  • Twisted Peppermint: 4 Peppermint + 3 Idaho Balsam Fir + 3 Vanilla
  • Marshmallow Fireside: 4 Stress Away + 2 Clove + 2 Nutmeg + 2 Lemon + 2 Peppermint
  • Tree Farm: 3 Northern Lights Black Spruce + 4 Idaho Blue Spruce + 2 Pine + 3 Bergamot
  • Tis the Season: 4 Frankincense + 3 Cinnamon Bark + 3 Orange
  • Fireside: 4 Patchouli + 2 Tangerine + 3 Vetiver + 2 Orange
  • Candy Apple Fruitcake: 4 Christmas Spirit + 3 Orange + 2 Peppermint + 3 Vanilla
Diffuser Blends for Gatherings 
It's the season of gatherings and get togethers, so fill your diffusers with any of these blends to create a warm and inviting atmosphere for guests! 

  • Warm Welcome: 2 drops each Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Orange, Clove, Cinnamon Bark
  • Powder Room: 5 drops Bergamot + 2 drops Orange + 2 drops Nutmeg + 1 drop Clove 
  • Fireside Chats: 4 drops Ylang Ylang + 4 drops Vetiver + 2 drops Cinnamon Bark
  • Around the Table: 4 drops Joy + 4 drops Orange + 2 drops Cinnamon Bark
  • Grandma's Kitchen: 4 drops Christmas Spirit + 4 drops Lemon + 2 drops Stress Away
  • Goodbye Hug: 4 drops Lavender + 4 drops Northern Lights Black Spruce + 2 drops Orange 
Holiday Movie Diffuser Blends 
Colder weather and cozy homes are the perfect combination for curling up by the fire with your favorite movie. Try one of these holiday movie inspired blends! 

  • Elf: 4 drops each Vanilla, Orange, Peppermint
  • It's a Wonderful Life: 4 drops Frankincense, 6 drops Joy
  • Miracle on 34th Street: 4 drops Idaho Blue Spruce, 3 drops Cinnamon Bark, 2 drops Orange, 3 drops Vanilla
  • The Polar Express: 4 drops each Peppermint, Cinnamon Bark, Lemon
  • Charlie Brown Christmas: 2 drops Wintergreen, 4 drops Cinnamon Bark, 3 drops Vanilla, 3 drops Orange
  • Christmas Vacation: 4 drops each Stress Away, Peppermint, Vanilla
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas: 4 drops Peppermint, 3 drops Spearmint, 5 drops Vanilla
  • Home Alone: 3 drops each Clove, Vanilla, Cardamom, Orange
  • Love Actually: 4 drops each Joy, Bergamot, Orange
  • The Holiday: 6 drops Christmas Spirit, 4 drops Vanilla
  • The Family Stone: 4 drops each Frankincense, Peppermint, Vanilla

How about a few holiday rollerball recipes?! Make some for yourself and make a few for friends. It takes just a minute to make up some rollerballs and then you have them on hand when you need them! All recipes are for a 10mL roller bottle. Add essential oils and top with a carrier oil! It's always an option to increase the drops of oil for a stronger scent.

  • Gather Roller (A great choice for gatherings + sharing with friends.): 10 drops Lavender, 8 drops Northern Lights Black Spruce, 7 drops Frankincense, 3 drops Cinnamon Bark 
  • All is Calm Roller (For that peaceful night of sleep! Roll onto temples & wrists.): 10 drops each Lavender, Vanilla, Valor
  • Joy to the World Roller (Wear this on your neck or wrists to combat the hustle & bustle of the season.): 10 drops each Joy, Tangerine, White Angelica, 5 drops Vanilla 
  • Do You Believe Roller (A lovely, festive blend that supports all the emotions this time of year can bring.): 15 drops Believe, 10 drops each Idaho Grand Fir, Lavender, Tangerine. 
  • Winter Wellness Roller (Stay well this holiday season, roll this on spines and bottoms of feet daily.): 15 drops each Thieves, Lemon, Frankincense, 10 drops Oregano or ImmuPower
  • Planes, Trains & Automobiles Roller (This roller is your best friend if the motion of travel makes your belly dance!): 15 drops each Peppermint, Spearmint, Eucalyptus Radiata.
  • Easy on the Eggnog Roller (Upset tummies from too much sugar around the holidays? Roll this one right on around the belly button!): 15 drops each DiGize, Peppermint, Lemon
  • Son of a Nutcracker Roller (Too much wine at the holiday party last night? Roll this on your temples and back of neck!): 15 drops M-Grain, 10 drops each Peppermint, Panaway, 1 dropperful CBD Drops.
Most of all, enjoy the moments. That's where the true magic lives. 

Oily Self Help and a little winter wonderland

How crazy is it that we are actually in December...the last few days of 2023??? 

Not sure what it looks like outside your window right now, but we have several inches of that white fluffy stuff on the ground and more is falling...definitely sets the stage for the magic winter brings.

Now, let's switch things up a bit. Instead of offering the usual information on this month's free gifts with purchase, I want to empower you with some self-help tools. Below, you'll find links each oil that you can get for free when you shop from your own online store. Whether you're stocking up on essentials or finding the perfect gifts for family and friends, these freebies will be an incredible bonus. Simply click on the oil name to learn more.

These links come from Life Steps, my favorite app packed with valuable education, resources, and fun DIY ideas. Take a moment to explore and discover the countless benefits it has to offer. 

Wishing you a wonderful week filled with joy, warmth, and the enchantment of winter.

Looking for a little adrenal support?

My current best friends…
My chiropractor told me my adrenals are not happy. My body and mind agree.
Are you in survival mode?
Are you only giving yourself the leftovers?
Do you only pour out without taking care of yourself?
Feeling defeated, exhausted, overwhelmed, like a victim…or a maid? 
Adrenals are small almond-shaped organs that sit on top of your kidneys. They maintain and boost your energy, kind of like a car shifting into first, second, and third gear as you go about your day. They also help your body survive during times of stress. 
But they aren't meant to always be firing. They are only supposed to jump in as needed, however, too much caffeine, lack of sleep, bottled up emotions, that schedule of yours, hormonal imbalance, your diet, and always pushing yourself to the max can damage them, causing them to wear out, pushing you into ‘survival mode', physically and emotionally.
When the things you are fighting or running from are inside of you, you're truly fighting a losing battle.
Adrenal Love Roller:
20 drops each Nutmeg, Rosemary, Clove, En-R-Gee
Castor oil or carrier of choice
Roll over the adrenals in the morning and evening
Adrenal Love Serum to apply nightly before bed:
20 drops each Nutmeg, Rosemary, Clove, Frankincense, En-R-Gee
Castor oil or carrier of choice
Get Up and Go Roller:
25 drops each Peppermint, Lemon
20 drops En-R-Gee
Apply to wrists, neck, bottom of the feet as desired
Go Getter Roller for daily use:
20 drops En-R-Gee
30 drops each Grapefruit, Bergamot, Tangerine
Carrier oil of choice and/or a few pumps of Relaxation Massage Oil

Energizing Massage Oil:
4 oz pump bottle (https://amzn.to/3z4s4IF
30 drops En-R-Gee
20 drops each Nutmeg, Peppermint, Copaiba
Carrier oil of choice and/or a few pumps of OrthoEase Massage Oil
Soothe-It Roller for tense areas:
20 drops En-R-Gee, Copaiba, Peppermint, Wintergreen
Carrier oil of choice and/or a few pumps of OrthoEase Massage Oil
Apply to tense areas to soothe
DIY Soothe It Massage Oil:
4 oz pump bottle (https://amzn.to/3z4s4IF
20 drops each Rosemary, En-R-Gee
10 drops each Peppermint, Cypress
Carrier oil of choice and/or a few pumps of OrthoEase Massage Oil
Invigorating Foot Scrub
2 Tbsp Organic Sugar
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 Tbsp of Honey
1 tsp Lemon Juice 
3 drops En-R-Gee
2 drops Peppermint (optional)
Mix ingredients well then rub onto feet. Wrap feet with warm damp towels and let sit for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes remove the towel and wipe off the scrub. Follow with moisturizer if desired.

Diffusing is an incredible health habit! Ditch the toxin-filled scented candles and wall plugs and fill up our diffuser instead. Diffuse En-R-Gee anytime you need a little boost!
Up and At Em: 5 drops Lemon, 4 drops Peppermint, 3 drops En-R-Gee
Adrenal Love: 4 drops Nutmeg, 3 drops Rosemary, 4 drops En-R-Gee, 2 drops Frankincense
Afternoon Pick Me Up: 5 drops Grapefruit, 3 drops Rosemary, 3 drops En-R-Gee
Autumn Breeze: 4 drops Idaho Grand Fir, 3 drops Tangerine, 3 drops En-R-Gee, 2 drops Bergamot

DIY Stress Recovery Serum
4oz glass dropper bottle (https://amzn.to/3nSWw3L
Organic castor oil  (https://amzn.to/3c7OQI4
25 drops Nutmeg
20 drops Clove
20 drops Frankincense
20 drops Rosemary
Apply over the lower back every morning and before bed each evening

Sinus Massage Oil
4oz pump bottle (https://amzn.to/3IuO8Rw
20 drops Nutmeg
15 drops Lemon
15 drops Lavender
15 drops R.C.
V-6 Vegetable Complex or carrier of choice
DIY Muscle Balm:
15 drops Nutmeg
15 drops Peppermint
15 drops Frankincense
15 drops Copaiba
1 cup solid coconut oil 


Stress Recovery: 3 drops Nutmeg + 4 drops Tangerine + 3 drops Clove + 2 drops Frankincense
Marshmallow Latte: 4 drops Nutmeg + 3 drops Ylang ylang + 3 drops Vanilla + 2 drops Cinnamon Bark
Chai Latte: 3 drops Cinnamon Bark + 3 drops Clove + 2 drops Nutmeg + 2 drops Cardamom + 2 drops Vanilla
Morning Stroll: 3 drops Nutmeg + 4 drops Lavender + 3 drops Lemon + 2 drops Peppermint


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