Essential Oils, Lifestyle, Parenting

How to cope this Christmas

So the Big Day is just weeks away, but it is not an exciting time for all. Christmas can actually be an incredible stressful and anxious time for many people. Perhaps you feel completely overwhelmed with juggling overexcited kids, Christmas shopping, organising nativity costumes and all the things. Perhaps you were made redundant and this year you simply cannot afford a Christmas like the year before. Perhaps this is the first Christmas since a loved one died or your marriage separated. Perhaps this season marks the anniversary of a child in your care being removed from their family.

There are a whole host of reasons why we can feel anxious and overwhelmed during the festive season, and our emotions are incredibly powerful. So much so, that they actually affect our physical wellbeing. What we say and what we think can be as damaging as a physical injury, and by continuing to brush our feelings under the carpet we are causing more harm than good. If Christmas is a time that you dread, fear or avoid altogether, then maybe it is time to explore why that is with a therapist. In the meantime I would love to share a few tips on how we use essential oils to support emotions over the festive period.

What are essential oils?

Essential Oils can support our emotional health as they effect our emotional state. They can help us to feel more balanced and calm, and their use is referred to as ‘aromatherapy’.

Essential oils are the lifeblood of the plant, compounds which work to repair, restore and regulate the plant, and they can massively benefit us too. Essential oils are ‘volatile’ which means they quickly evaporate and are easy to inhale them either from a bottle, on fabric or on the skin. When inhaled, these minute essential oils molecule travel past our olfactory system, cross the blood/brain barrier (something very few medicines can do) and enter the limbic system of the brain. This is the area of the brain that controls our emotional response.

How do they work?

Smells are so important when it comes to considering emotional health. Our brain uses smells within our memory bank, and certain smells will trigger a response and take you right back to the memory of a time or place in your past. These can be both positive and negative.

Emotions are stored in our cells, and because essential oils are so tiny, they can enter our cells and help us process emotions on a cellular level. There are approximately 40 million trillion molecules in one drop of essential oil, which is approximately 40,000 molecules for each cell in the human body. So a little goes a long way!

Here are my top five essential oils for emotional support this season:

Valor

This is my go to oil when I feeling anxious or overwhelmed. This is a blend of Black Spruce, Blue Tansy, Camphor Wood, Geranium, and Frankincense and smells quite woodsy. I mainly use it topically to help with feelings of strength, courage and security, particularly if I am facing a tough day. It is also great if you are feeling alone or abandoned.

Stress Away

This exotic blend was created to combat normal stresses that creep into everyday life. Stress Away contains Lime, Copaiba, Lavender and Cedarwood and Ocotea essential oils and vanilla essence. We roll this blend on every day before school to uplift our mood and calm the mind, especially before a busy day or school tests. It also helps calm small people in new environments, or those who may be struggling with being away from home.

Bergamot

This is a sweet citrus scent that lifts the mood and helps with feelings of confidence. Bergamot is also widely known to help support those who are grieving or processing loss. I would diffuse this oil with Stress Away or apply topically to my skin with carrier oil.

Orange

We call this sunshine in a bottle and it is one of my all time favourite oils because, like other citrus oils, it is so uplifting.  I pair Orange oil with Joy or Valor for a gorgeous perfume that I can roll on throughout the day.  It is perfect for use on grey days, when you are feeling a bit down or sad, and it also supports your immune system too!

Frankincense

Thank Frank. Not only is this oil already famous because of baby Jesus, it is also incredibly grounding. It is a high frequency oil which supports your whole body physically, emotionally and spiritually. If you are looking for an oil to aid prayer and meditation or something to help the kiddos calm down in the chaos of Christmas, diffuse this with Lavender and Orange.

If you want to know more about essential oils and emotions then check out my video on YouTube or message with your questions. You can order any of these by creating a free account with Young Living. Simply click here!

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The hidden dangers in your home

There is nothing like the waft of a mulled wine scented candle at Christmas. As the self-confessed candle queen, my home was filled with powerful scents in every single room.

That was until I realised I was slowly and steadily poisoning my whole family.

Scented candles, air fresheners and fabric softener are the top three poisons in our homes. My husband and my kiddos never liked my candles, often complaining about the smell and claiming it was overpowering. I thought they were just over sensitive, but turns out it was their body’s way of telling them to get the heck away from the products.

I don’t know why I’m surprised at their toxicity. Have you ever noticed that you get a tickly cough, sneezes, itching eyes or headaches when in a candle shop or cosmetics shop? This is because of synthetic fragrances that interfere with our health and wellbeing.

We all love scents. We go out of our way to smell good and make our home smell good. But very often the things we use to make a pleasant smell is a synthetic chemical blend known as fragrance or parfum. Many of these blends contain hundreds of chemicals.

Synthetic fragrances are hormone disrupters which means they hamper our body processes on a cellular level. In a nutshell, perfumes are making people ill. They contain phthalates which have been linked to asthma, bronchitis, diabetes, migraines, obesity, autism, ADHD, cancer and infertility.

Synthetic fragrances are found in air fresheners, candles, cosmetics, laundry detergent, perfumes and more. Because some are worn or soaked into fabrics, the individual acts like a walking diffuser, polluting the air of everyone around them. What is worse, during the winter we close our doors and windows to reduce ventilation, crank up the heating to dry our scent filled clothes, then light all the scented candles. Basically cocooning ourselves in a synthetic smog every evening.

But what about the natural fragrances products? Those infused with essential oils?

Well first off, well done for reading the packaging and seeking out more natural alternatives. But please know this: a label stating pure essential oil need only contain 5% pure oil in order to gain that title. It can also contain solvents, alcohol and fillers. This is why I only trust Young Living Essential Oils because they offer the unique Seed to Seal guarantee on all there products.

Now we know the risks we are not willing to put our health in jeopardy. We have now replaced our air fresheners and scented candles with child friendly diffusers in every room and we only use Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. We use Young Living essential oils to support our immune health, our emotional health and our physical health.

Since ditching the fabric softener and scented candles our chests are clearer, we haven’t had the annual trip to A&E with croup, we rarely have colds, our skin has improved and my cycles are more regular. It is incredible how the removal of a few chemical filled products has transformed our family life. We have more energy and are far healthier.

Instead of synthetic scents, we now diffuse authentic, 100% natural essential oils that fill our home with fragrance that calms, strengthens, invigorates, energises or motivates us.

Want to find out more? Message us for information, or better still create your free Young Living member account to ditch and switch the chemicals this Christmas and beyond.

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Essential Oils, Lifestyle, Parenting

Back to School

First week into the new term and my emotions have been all over the place! The highs of the holidays followed by nervous excitement in the days leading up to the first day back all take their toll. Not to mention the fact that my middle son decided that the first day of Year 1 would be a great time to lose his second tooth. I was a hot mess.

I have a love-hate relationship with school. On one hand it is a place where I have seen my children thrive. They have learned new skills, made incredible friends (not to mention linked me to some pretty awesome mom friends!) and have grown in stature and confidence. However, I struggle with the fact that my kiddos spend over six hours of their day, five days a week, with people who I barely know. Their characters and their personalities are being influenced by people who undoubtedly have very different lives, loves and beliefs to me.

Now don’t get me wrong, I trust our teachers implicitly. The school that my children attend is excellent, the staff are kind and caring, having benefited from strong leadership and ethos. But sometimes I struggle with the fact that after a summer of freedom and learning through play, I am sending my small children into a classroom to sit still for a good portion of their day. I worry that someone may be mean to them or that they may end up playing alone. I worry that they might find the work too difficult, that they may feel overwhelmed or out of their depth. I worry that they may not be noticed or that they may be sad, or that they may simply be missing me.

Short of homeschooling, (which is something I have seriously considered, and decided that, for now at least, this isn’t an option for me) there is very little I can do to control or influence what happens in the classroom. But I can control what happens in the home.

You will know that essential oils play a massive part in our every day lives, and the children are no exception. We use them to support us physically and emotionally. I want to share with your our every day oily routine to help get the term off to a great start, for both me as a mama and for the children at school.

First and foremost we start every day by diffusing citrus oils. Citrus essential oils are true multitasking oils. They lift the mood and give you a natural pick-me-up, whilst calming the mind and boosting the immune system, making them a perfect way to start the day. We usually diffuse 2 drops each of grapefruit, orange and lemon essential oil which smell divine and make us feel soo good.

Next up we all have a swipe of our Immune Roller before getting dressed for the day. This roller includes Thieves, Frankincense and Lemon essential oil, all epic oils for supporting the immune system and helping the body during cold and flu seasons. Going back to school with lots of new children can be overwhelming for little bodies. Throw in the emotions of starting a new school/class and being away from home can make them very susceptible to coughs and colds. We use this roller day in, day out, but when it is back to school we go twice a day to keep all the bases covered.

Before we leave I use my Calm Roller Blend on the boys. It contains Vetiver, Lavender + Cedarwood essential oils which promote calm, focus and concentration. If they are particularly anxious we reach for Valor or Stress Away to help us feel cool and courageous. Meanwhile I am also rolling on Stress Away for the school run dash!

On pick up in the afternoon, the first thing we do is use our Thieves Hand Purifier. My kiddos have been touching who knows what and I want to make sure their hands are clean before giving them an after school treat. Then its back home where I am diffusing Stress Away and Peppermint. Stress Away helps them calm down after a busy day and Peppermint is amazing for focus and concentration while we wrap up any homework.

Finally, we will get everyone bathed and top up the bedroom diffusers. For the first week back we use Thieves and Orange or Thieves and Frankincense to keep that immune system boosted while they sleep. Ordinarily we go for sleepy vibe blends such as Peace & Calming or Lavender + Cedarwood. As they climb into bed we do another swipe of the Immune Roller on the soles of their feet before bedtime prayers.

And that my friends is how we use essential oils to go back to school! These natural, non-toxic products pack a punch and we wouldn’t be without them. If you have never used essential oils before and want to know how to get hold of some to support your family please drop me a line by clicking the join our team tab or follow this link as I would love to hook you up!

Have a blessed week Little Oilers

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Ditch & Switch for summer

As reluctant city dwellers, we know all too well the difference between the air quality in the country and the air at home. Automobiles and air planes constantly pump pollution into our atmosphere, and it is having devastating effects. According to the World Health Organisation, an estimated 7 million people die prematurely every year due to the toxins that we breathe in. Cities across the globe are now testing their air quality and taking steps to improve it. But did you know that the biggest poisons can often be found in our home?

Every day items that are found in our bathroom and kitchen cabinets can cause untold damage to our bodies. Chemicals found in scented candles, fabric softeners and air fresheners have been linked to cancer, infertility, asthma, eczema and more. Yet we keep on using them. Candles and air fresheners release synthetic fragrances and petrochemicals into the air. Chemicals in fabric softener penetrate the fibres of your clothes, and these are then absorbed into your blood stream and are continually outgasing in your wardrobe.

Chemicals cause chaos in our bodies

Chemicals are a real concern to us, and they should be to you too. They interrupt our endocrine system, the ‘hormone hub’ that is responsible for every single function in our bodies. If our hormones are interrupted our bodies cannot function and we become susceptible to illness.

The average woman applies over 300 chemicals to her body every day. 80 of those before breakfast. A quick Google of the ingredients of products in your bathroom cabinet will leave you reeling. We slather our kids and ourselves with toxins every single day.

But when you know better you can do better.

Since September 2017 we have been on a journey to eradicate chemicals in our home. We are ditching and switching everything from cosmetics to cleaning supplies, and we have never felt better. We replaced our scented candles with a Dewdrop Diffuser and we replaced our bleach and surface sprays with Thieves Household Cleaner.

Starting a chemical free journey can be very daunting at first, but Young Living have made it super simple for us. We joined Young Living with a Premium Starter Kit and began to use the oils to fragrance our home and boost our body systems. We then joined Essential Rewards, Young Living’s monthly subscription box to start adding new toxin-free products in to our daily routine. Over the course of three months it is possible to replace almost every chemical in your home with essential oil infused products, without breaking the bank.

We are the gatekeepers for our home.

We control what comes across our threshold and we can make informed choices to improve our health and well being. If you want to know more about chemical free living and start your own journey then please message me. I would love to help you ditch the junk for good.

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Essential Oils, Lifestyle

Happy Half Year!

July 1st marks the half way point for the year. Think back to January 1st, when the new year was full of promise and potential. When you opened your diary and ran your fingers down the centre spine of the pristine pages, getting ready to kick start the new you. What did you wish for? A new job? A new baby? A new home? A new lifestyle?

More importantly, as you find yourself half way through 2018, are you on the way to achieving or have you achieved what you wished for?

For us, the New Year marked a new chapter for us as a family. Not only had we expanded but we were also starting to embrace a new lifestyle, and for me, a new career. After literally stumbling upon Young Living Essential Oils in September 2017, we have been on a radical journey. My eyes have been opened to the toxins I have been putting onto and into my body and my family through detergents, fabric conditioners, scented candles, synthetic fragrances, shampoos, shower gels, cosmetics and more. Needless to say, the more I have learned the more horrified I have become, and the more determined I have been to make a change.

Now that I know better, I can do better.

Every momma wants to do the best for her family. The problem is that many of us don’t even realise the dangers we have in and around our home on daily basis. Chemical laden products fill our cabinets, and exposure to chemicals can cause cancer, asthma, allergies, respiratory disease, eczema, digestive upsets, headaches, behavioural issues and more.

I am not trying to frighten you or guilt trip you. But I do want to educate you and empower you to make an informed choice. Essential Oils can replace every single chemical in your home. From your deodorant to your detergent, from your scented candle to your surface spray. No longer do your babies have to crawl around on floors that have been washed with chemicals, absorbing them through their delicate skin. No longer do you need to rely on candles to fragrance your home with a cloud of petrochemicals and synthetic perfume. No longer do you need to have chemicals against on your body all day long because they were washed with fabric conditioner. No longer do you have to accept being unwell, low in mood, low in immune function.

Essential oils WORK. They are the lifeblood of the plant that regulate, repair and restore. What the oils do to support plants, they can also do for us.

Essential oils support our bodies on a cellular level, to help our body systems to do what they were designed to do.

They can help bring us on or above the wellness line, which means we are healthy and happy, not sick or suffering.

Do you want to sleep well? There is an oil for that.

Do you want to reduce anxiety? There is an oil for that.

Do you want to breathe easier through the seasons? There is an oil for that.

Do you want to boost your immune system? There is an oil for that.

I am so amazed by the power of these little oils and I want to share it with everyone I know. If you want to change your life, change your health and change your home then I urge you to get your hands on these oils.

You can get started with essential oils with me, and the best value way to do this is with a Premium Starter Kit which includes 12 therapeutic oils to support every body system, plus a diffuser to fill your home with lush natural fragrances. You also receive samples of Ningxia Red which is an epic antioxidant and 1oz has the equivalent of 59 florets of broccoli! And best of all you get free membership to Young Living which gives you 24% discount on all products and you get to join an oily community where you can learn more about The Little Oil Life!

Premium Starter Kit

I would love to get you hooked up and make the second half of your year even better than your first. Your Little Oil Life welcome pack is waiting!

R x

 

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Essential Oils, Faith

Why I love Essential Oils

Okay, so if you’ve been following any of my social media platforms in the last 6 months or so then you will know I have become slightly obsessed with essential oils. But do you know why? Let me tell you.

Last summer my life turned upside down in the most beautiful way, however with it came the weight of responsibility, unwanted anxiety and days of despair such as I have never known.

But Jesus. Oh, I have a Saviour who cares so much about ALL things, and He set about using my brokenness to set me up in business.

Jesus set about using my brokenness to set me up in business.

For God works all things together for the good of those who love Him. Romans 8:28

So, as I sat mindlessly scrolling through Instagram, trying to distract myself from my thoughts, I came across the lovely Lucy Wilman. I had been following Lucy for a few months through a mutual friend and she often talked about how she used essential oils at home with her family. I always thought of them as a ‘nice to have’ luxurious way to fragrance your home, but Lucy talked about them as if they could actually affect how you feel.

I usually added her posts to my list of ‘things-I-will-buy-when-I-finally-make-it-in-life’ and carried on scrolling, but one day a post struck a chord.

Lucy was sharing a Tired Mumma Survival Kit, and whats more, she was giving some away. I commented to enter and lo and behold, I won! Now the kit was actually designed to help restless babies settle down for the night, but it was my own struggles with sleep that this kit appealed to.

Tired Mama Kit

I received a sleepy balm containing Lavender + Frankincense essential oils in coconut oil, a sample of Peace & Calming essential oil and a roller bottle containing En-R-Gee essential oil and sweet almond oil for during the day.

I duly followed the instructions; rubbed the balm on my chest and added a drop of Peace & Calming to my pillow before bed. I laid my head down expecting the usual couple of hours of staring into space, followed by fitful bursts of sleep. The next thing I knew my iPhone alarm was going off and the children were chatting excitedly as they came into my room.

I had slept. All night.

I messaged Lucy asking her what wonder drug she had sent me. The reply came that these were no drugs, they were the pure essential oils, distilled and bottled by Young Living. Lucy told me that plants contain chemical constituents that can support every single system in the human body, physically and emotionally, with the power of nature alone.

As a keen nature lover and aspiring eco-warrior, I was all in. I saved for two months and bought my Premium Starter Kit. I then began an incredible journey learning how to maintain my children’s physical wellness, support my emotional wellbeing and how to rid my home of toxic chemicals.

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Since my kit landed on my doorstep last September, I have lived a healthier, happier life. Is it completely stress-free? Heck no. Have all my anxieties lifted? Nope. But they are few and far between, and when trouble does strike, I now have an arsenal of natural remedies to help support us through any event. From minor bumps to mental clarity, restful sleep to respiratory support, teething to tummy trouble; there is an oil for that.

Want to try essential oils for yourself? You can. Because not only am I a passionate oily mama, I am also an oily educator.

Jesus set about using my brokenness to set me up in business.

You see, not only did Jesus give me a natural way to support my health and my families health, He also gave me a business to build. I am now training in aromatherapy and sharing my knowledge with others. I am still at the start of my journey but am so crazy excited for my future. I would like to have you along for the ride, it is going to be epic!

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