Support your Emotional Balance through the Holidays!

It’s no secret that the most wonderful time of the year, can also be the most stressful time of the year!

With so many plans, dealing with crowds and traffic, stretching your budget, and more it is a lot for us to handle.

Essential oils are amazing for supporting emotional balance, and that was actually the first way I was convinced these oils actually worked!

When we inhale an oil through our nose it travels to the olfactory nerves in the nose. From there it stimulates the limbic system in the brain, where memory and emotion is stored. So when using oils for emotional support, aromatic is a very effective way to use them!

To use oils aromatically you can diffuse them, make a misting air/fabric/perfume spray, add a drop to your hands and cup over nose and mouth to breath in deeply, smell directly from the bottle, and more! You could also apply these oils over the heart, on the back of the neck, insides of the wrists, ears, and more. Read each bottle label for specific usage directions.

I’ve chosen 7 of my personal Favs for emotional support. I bring these oils with me all the time in my purse. You never know when you’ll need a little pick-me-up. Continue reading to hear more about each oil and why I love them!

Keep the Joy in theSeason with these Awesome Young Living Oils! My 7 must-have emotional supporting oils and blends for the busy Christmas Season. www.lavenderngrace.com

Lavender

A lot of us just tend to be too busy and not get proper rest each night. We love lavender to support a restful night’s sleep! Great to diffuse or mist onto your pillow to help calm your mind and get your body some much needed rest.

Lavender, one of my 7 must-have Young Living essential oils for the busy Christmas Season to support your emotional balance. www.lavenderngrace.com

Peace & Calming

This was the first oil I ever tried on my kiddos, and is now always in my diaper bag! It smells so relaxing. I diffuse or apply to my kiddos feet for a good nap or nighttime rest. As an adult I love to apply this one to my wrists for calming and clearing my head.

Peace & Calming, one of my 7 must-have Young Living essential oils for the busy Christmas Season to support your emotional balance. www.lavenderngrace.com

Joy

This is what I refer to as my “gateway oil.” When my kit arrived I wasn’t totally convinced these oils could actually support the wellness of our bodies. I was having a hard time post-partum from my second baby and decided to give it a try. After using topically and aromatically every two hours for three days, I was a new mommy! Definitely solidified my understanding of oils.

Now I don’t need to use this oil every day anymore, but is still my go-to for an emotional lift and to get me moving when I’m feeling stuck.

Joy, one of my 7 must-have Young Living essential oils for the busy Christmas Season to support your emotional balance. www.lavenderngrace.com

Valor

This is also one of my favorites! Smells amazing! Valor is known as “courage in a bottle” for its ability to support your social courage. I love this oil before social gatherings to calm nerves, help me just be comfortable in myself, and to encourage my small talk to flow naturally.

Valor, one of my 7 must-have Young Living essential oils for the busy Christmas Season to support your emotional balance. www.lavenderngrace.com

Stress Away

This one is pretty self-explanatory. We are pulled in a hundred different directions during the Christmas season, and this oil is great for calming and relaxing. Use on-the-go as you tackle Christmas present shopping or travel. Also awesome at the end of a crazy day to help decompress and ease you to sleep.

 

Stress Away, one of my 7 must-have Young Living essential oils for the busy Christmas Season to support your emotional balance. www.lavenderngrace.com

Frankincense

Frankincense has the ability to go beyond the blood-brain barrier and is known for its emotional supporting abilities. If it was good enough for a gift to baby Jesus, then it is good enough for me! I love smelling this oil and thinking about the real reason for the season and what it must have been like to bring these gifts to the Christchild.

Vetiver

This oil is my favorite for attitude. This is what I use for my toddlers to keep them in a good mood all day while at long Christmas parties and their schedule gets all out of whack. It is a thick oil, so we like to add it to a roller bottle and roll on the back of their neck. It has also proven to help keep them awake and alert, so it is great if we know naptime is going to be missed that day.

 

Keep the Joy in theSeason with these Awesome Young Living Oils! My 7 must-have emotional supporting oils and blends for the busy Christmas Season. www.lavenderngrace.com

 

I hope you will have a peaceful and joyful Christmas this year, and that these essential oils will be helpful!

New to Young Living essential oils? Learn about what they are, how to use them, and why we only trust Young Living oils in our families here.

Want to get your hands on these oils? Order soon to get them before Christmas. Get your starter kit here!

Young Living Christmas Gifts for Everyone on your List

Avoid the crowds this Christmas and get all your shopping done online with Young Living!

With their full lines of essential oils, diffusers, body care products, beauty supplies, pet products, natural home cleaning line, supplements, and more there really is something for everyone! You can even find endless DIY projects to gift like lotions, bath salts, pillow sprays, roller bottles, and more. Here are some of our favorites for stocking stuffers, teachers, family, and the big ticket items for your friends who are just as obsessed with oils as you are 🙂

Stocking Stuffers!

We like to stick under $10 for stocking stuffers in our family, so here are my picks…..spoiler alert for any family reading this.

Bottle Cap Labels $3.00
Thieves Hand Purifier $5.00 (less if you buy in packs of 3)
Essential Oil Sample Packs $1.00 each (buy in packs of 10 or 50)
Lip Balm $4.00 (several varieties to choose from)
2 oz. Thieves Toothpaste $6.00 (buy in a 5 pack)

Young Living Christmas stocking stuffers under $10. www.lavenderngrace.com #lavenderngrace

Teachers, Neighbors, Co-workers, etc.

For this area we like to stick to about $10-$15. There are MANY oils and blends at this price-point, but these are my favorite picks for people who maybe aren’t familiar with Young Living yet.

Thieves Spray $9.00
Christmas Spirit $10.25
Lip Balm Gift Set $16.00
Thieves Foaming Hand Soap $13.00 (also available in lavender)
Thieves Mints $12.75
Lavender Sandlewood Bar Soap $10.25

Young Living Christmas gifts for your teachers, neighbors, and co-workers under $15. www.lavenderngrace.com #lavenderngrace

For your Friends and Family

I chose some of the more conservatively priced options here, but depending on your family and budget there are many more great oils, diffusers, massage oils, and more.

Shutran Shave Cream $19.75
Peace and Calming $24.25
Massage Gift Set $32.25
Deep Relief Roll-On $26.75
USB Diffuser $22.75
Thieves Blend $33.75

Young Living Christmas gifts for your friends and family under $35. www.lavenderngrace.com #lavenderngrace

Big Ticket Items for Your Oily Friends

So we all have our friends or family who have joined us in our Oily Obsession. Here are some amazing gifts that they are sure to love!

Infused 7 Oola Collection $199.75 (would go well with the Oola book)
Aria Diffuser $225.00 (comes with Northern Lights Black Spruce right now)
Thieves Essential Rewards Kit $115.00
Essence of the Season Collection $74.75

Young Living Christmas gifts for your oily friends and family. www.lavenderngrace.com #lavenderngrace

Order your Young Living gifts the best way!!

Young Living offers their members a monthly ordering program with awesome rewards! Start ordering now to earn 10-20% back on your order. No strings attached, can cancel at anytime if you need or even skip one month each year. Those who are already members Cash In Those Points to order your Christmas gifts for FREE!


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This month’s promotional items are also amazing! Giving you the chance to earn free presents!

If you order 300PV this December you will get the Everyday Oils Collection along with other products for FREE. This kit has 10 amazing oils that you could split up into many Christmas gifts for your loved ones!

Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint for your sister
Thieves and Purification for your cousin
Stress Away for your boss
Tea Tree for your man
Joy for your mama
Frankincense and PanAway for your grannny

 

Give 10 FREE gifts by splitting up your Everyday Oils Collection with a 300 PV order this month. www.lavenderngrace.com #lavenderngrace

New to Essential Oils or Young Living? Check out our Getting Started Post here to learn more and order your Premium Starter Kit!

DIY Dishwasher Detergent

 

One of my FAVORITE DIY projects is detergent for the dishwashing machine. 

We live in the country with very, very hard water. I have tried every brand of dishwashing detergent. Even the expensive and very toxic ones. Nothing worked.

I first tried this recipe to save money, but was HAPPILY SURPRISED to see it do the BEST job of anything else! Since I have particularly bad water I upped the amount of citric acid to a full cup, but if you have a water softener or city water you could consider dropping it down to as low as 1/4 cup if that works for you.

DIY DISHWASHER DETERGENT RECIPE

  • 1 cup borax
  • 1 cup washing soda or baking soda
  • 1/c cup citric acid (lemi shine is basically citric acid and much cheaper than buying straight citric acid in the canning isle)
  • 30 drops citrus oils of your choice (my favorite is half lemon/half orange, but any will work)

Mix the ingredients very well. Use a glass bowl (since citric oils will eat away plastics). When you drop in the oils they will bind with the powders and form clumps. Mix thoroughly to insure it is all incorporated with no clumps. If needed, you can use a sifter to make this easier. I store in a regular glass mason jar and keep in the kitchen cupboard. I fill the detergent section in my washing machine (about 2 Tablespoons) per load.

I wish I would have taken before and after pictures of my drinking glasses, because it worked SO WELL!

Enjoy 🙂

New to essential oils or want to learn why we Only trust Young Living in our house? Learn more here!

DIY Dishwasher Detergent. The best dish detergent I've ever used. Easy and cheap to make at home with Young Living essential oils. www.lavenderngrace.comDIY Dishwasher Detergent. The best dish detergent I've ever used. Easy and cheap to make at home with Young Living essential oils. www.lavenderngrace.com

What to Pack for your Young Living Vendor Event

So you’re loving your oils and you want to share them with everyone! Love it, Share it!

A great way to share your love of Young Living is through a vendor event. With the fall season, there are many events coming up. People are excited to start shopping for Christmas and are especially excited about products that will support their health throughout the holidays.

Here is my list of everything you need to pack to have a successful vendor event without going crazy.

PREMIUM STARTER KIT

Absolutely bring your PSK with a diffuser. You want people to see exactly what they would get! 

POWER STRIP/EXTENSION CORD

If you’ll have access to electricity bring an extension cord and a power strip so you can plug in your diffuser and a laptop.

SIGNUP OPTIONS

It’s a good idea to have a laptop or other mobile device so people can signup right away online! If they walk away they usually will never do it on their own. Always bring the paper version for signing up too. These are great if the internet doesn’t work or they’re in a hurry and don’t want to sit at a computer for 15 minutes. Then you just take the paper home and enter all the info in online later that day. The paper signup document is in our facebook group files section.

DRAWING

People don’t want to stay at your booth long. The best thing to do is get their contact information so you can follow-up later. So have a drawing for something. Maybe a citrus oil, a DIY item you made, an enrollment voucher, etc. Then have them fill out slips of paper with their name and info (we have drawing entry form in the files section). “The fortune is in the follow up!” So head home and contact all those people offering to teach them a class, 1-on-1 meeting, etc.

BUSINESS CARDS

A lot of people will want to just grab your info to look up more later. It’s also a good idea to have a list of your upcoming classes that they could attend. If you don’t have business cards, you could either print some on templates that you can buy at an office store; or just have your contact info on some oily-info handouts. It is also a great idea to set-up early so you can go around and introduce yourself to the other vendors and give them a biz card since they won’t get to see your booth during the event!

OIL INFO CARDS

We have created a 4×6 info sheet for each oil in the PSK. Print these either on paper or photo paper (they print to fit on 4×6 photos). I like to line them across the table and set each oil bottle on top. Then guests can easily open the bottle for a sniff while reading about its benefits.

REFERENCE MATERIALS

Don’t be the expert. Bring along some great reference books, printed word documents, graphics from the YL Member Resources, etc. to easily answer questions for people. I have a few copies of my favorite graphics and the bullet point so if people signup they have information to take home right away. It is great for them to have something to reference when they get their kit, so they don’t forget everything they learned from you.

DECORATIVE & BONUS ELEMENTS

You don’t need to go crazy here, but a little color can help draw attention. I like to bring a chalkboard to write things on, a wooden crate to create some height, some color printed graphics (I always have the Head to Toe graphic from our files section to answer questions), and my cardboard towers that describe oils (sold by YL). I also bring other popular YL products like the Thieves cleaner, toothpaste, and Ningxia Red. I choose to also bring a roller bottle, V-6, capsules, a glass spray bottle, and glass drinking bottle so I can show them all the ways we use the oils!

BIG ITEMS?

These are dependent on where your event is. If it’s outdoors you may want to bring a pop up canopy to protect from the sun or rain. Also check with your event coordinator to know if they are providing tables and chairs or if you should bring your own.
Remember to oil-up before and throughout the event to support your mood, sociability, and so others can notice how great you smell 🙂 Good luck and have a great time.  Just be yourself and others will be drawn to authenticity and your passion for the oils and the wellness they can create.
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Essential Oils to Support Breast Health

It’s October, everything is pink; and it is time to remember to care for your girls!

There are lots of options for essential oils to support female hormones and breast health.

Some favorites are:

  • Clary Sage
  • Geranium
  • Rosemary
  • Fennel
  • Sacred Frankincense
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Sage
  • Frankincense
  • Cypress
  • Lavender

Please look them up in your reference guides to learn more about why & how to use each when choosing which are right for you and your body.

An easy way to use these oils is to pick a few of your favorites, add them to some coconut oil, mix it up and keep on your bathroom counter. Then just apply a bit to each breast topically each day to keep them perky and healthy 🙂

If you’re a Nursing Mama and need extra support for your girls check out our specific post here.

New to Young Living Essential Oils? Learn more and Get started here!

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Winter Car Necessities

Don’t say it too loud, but winter is coming…again. It’s time to get started preparing your car with everything you would need in case of an emergency.

At the end of the article you’ll find our printable checklist, so you can make sure you’re ready. Also make sure to watch our YouTube video as Brittany packs her car!

Think of something we missed? We’d love to hear more ideas, comment below to share!

 

First, you need the basics.

Rope, carabiner, jumper cables, a rechargeable jumper, pocket knife, compass, duct & electrical tape, waterproof matches, flashlights, tarp, shovel, basic tool kit, and a basic first-aid kit.

We also suggest adding these great natural items to your first-aid kit: arnica, activated charcoal capsules, cayenne pepper capsules, and a DIY first-aid salve.

You also need some snacks in case you are stuck for an extended time. Great ideas for snacks are bottled water (coconut water would also be great in warm climates), granola bars, trail mix, supergreen powder, Ningxia Red, and Ningxia Nitro.

Next you need to be prepared with our favorite must-have Young Living essential oils. Thieves, lavender, peppermint, DiGize, Purification, Stress Away, En-R-Gee, helicrysm, Deep Relief, Lemongrass, and the Thieves Spray. When using oils it is also important to have some reference material, so a Pocket Reference Guide is great!

Don’t have these awesome oils? Don’t put it off, you need them. Find out more here.

If you’re in a warm climate, we are happy for you. But for those of us in the midwest, here are a few more items to make sure you have for the cold months. Extra hats, scarves, and mittens (waterproof is great too). Blankets (thermal or regular warm blankets), a thermal tent, snow shovel, a window ice scraper, and sand or kitty litter to help get out if you get stuck.

Thanks for taking the time to consider this list. It is so important to the safety of your family to always be prepared. Making the effort to pack your car now could make the difference in an emergency situation. Comment below with your favorites to pack!

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Road Trip Must-Have Essential Oils

We recently went on a week-long road trip to the east coast. That is a LOT of driving, and here is my list of Must-Haves for any trip. We used each and every of these during our trip and I am so glad I packed them all.

For an oil-addict it is hard to not pack every oil I own, so this is the short list. Great graphic on the bottom with a checklist you can go through when packing for your next vacation.

Thieves: Everyone needs an extra immune system boost when staying up late, going into lots of public places, etc. I loved drinking Thieves in my morning coffee in the car.

Joy: Because sometimes you get lost and need a little emotional support.

Valor: This one is great for emotional support for me to ease my nerves when encountering lots of crowds and strangers in social settings.

DiGize: Road trip snacks….enough said.

Immune boost roller: We like to mix some of our favorite immune supporting oils and keeping them in a handy roller bottle so we can roll right on our feet each morning before we head out for the day.

Thieves spray: This spray is awesome to spray all over your hotel room, think remotes, doorknobs, everywhere!

Citrus fresh & Grapefruit: These are my two favorites to drink in my water throughout the day. Delicious and great at keeping my energy up.

Purification: We liked putting purification blend on a cotton ball in the air vent to keep the car smelling fresh.

Peppermint: So many uses for peppermint! This is my husband’s favorite to take in a capsule after a big meal, but it’s also essential to keep as a “wake-me-up” for those long driving hours.

Lavender: We spent many hours in the sun during our trip, so we loved having lavender to apply to soothe and refresh our skin.

Travel diffuser: The little white thing in the center of the photo is my hand-held diffuser, you can also find some that fit in a cup holder and plug into the cigarette lighter.

Stress away: Because sometimes you get stuck in traffic….for a long time.

RC: Driving with the window down can invite in lots of different pollens and pollutants, we love to breath in some RC to maintain our respiratory health.

Oregano: This is a power-house for supporting your immune system. We took it in a capsule after a few extra late nights to keep our immune system top notch.

Frankincense: Frankincense is my favorite oil, so I couldn’t go anywhere without it. I loved adding a drop to my neti pot saline rinse to keep my sinuses nice and clear.

Tea tree (melaleuca a.): Tea tree is awesome for supporting the skin and we applied to non-cystic acne so our vacation photos had great glowing skin.

Deep relief: Long hours in the car can lead to some achy muscles. Deep relief comes with a convenient roller top so you can easily apply to shoulders, temples, back, etc.

PanAway: Not pictured, but with similar uses as Deep relief we love having both to choose from for soothing muscles and joints after a long day.

Ningxia red & Ningxia nitro: Not pictured, but I loved having my packets of Ningxia red to drink on-the-go for the mornings I didn’t have time to grab a breakfast. Ningxia nitro is also amazing at giving me a long even energy boost and I would drink it on those extra busy days to keep up with my husband.
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DIY Bite Buster

We love to do as much outdoors as we can during the short Wisconsin summer months. Hiking, biking, swimming, camping, and more. The scenery here is so beautiful, but along with the trees and sun also comes lovely little creatures.

These little winged guys are such an annoyance, but even worse can annoy our skin long after coming back indoors. There are lots of things we all try to ease the skin discomfort and some essential oils are so great for the skin!

I personally love to use straight purification, but having a blend pre-mixed in a roller bottle is so convenient and already diluted for the kiddos. This DIY Bite Buster roller bottle recipe is SO quick and easy to make. You can probably do it within a minute! A must-have to pack in your camping gear.

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DIY Deodorant

Have you ever struggled with confidence because of regular body odor. Some of us just have a naturally stronger aroma than others. I thought I had tried everything and had just given up, but then I found this recipe and love it!

When I ordered my Young Living Premium Starter Kit, I saw a DIY Deodorant recipe from the Young Living blog on pinterest. I decided to give it a try, and guess what, it worked better than any other!

With this recipe I only need to use once a day! My clothes aren’t getting yellow stains, I’m staying dry, have confidence to hug, and more. It’s amazing how such a seemingly tiny factor can impact so much of your life!

Not to mention all the junk that is in the products on the store shelves. I am so relieved to have found a recipe that is not only effective, but also safe!

It takes only a few minutes and a handful of ingredients to make. You could switch the essential oil out for a different scent if you don’t have as much odor as I do. I like Purification best because of its ability to cleanse and purify. Plus it smells great! Just make sure you are using Young Living’s 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. Since this is going on your skin, it will be absorbed into your body as well. So using the highest quality and safest oils out there is so important.

To learn more about why we use exclusively Young Living, and how to get started and get your essential oils for the best price click on “Getting Started with Essential Oils.”

 

DIY DEODORANT RECIPE

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Things to note: Some people experience a detox effect on their underarms when first starting this new deodorant. This is because after years of using toxic products your body will try to get them all out. This can cause irritation to the area. Just use less and slowly until this passes (usually 1-2 weeks). Make sure to test the recipe on a small area before using over the entire underarm to see how your body reacts. If you continue to have discomfort also consider using less, or no, baking soda and substituting with arrowroot powder for a gentler recipe.

DIY Outdoor Spray

We live in Wisconsin, so we need to take advantage of the outdoors when the weather is warm! We love to be outdoors as much as we can during the summer months for camping, fishing, swimming, etc.

Living toxin-free is very important to us, but we still need to protect ourselves from outdoor annoyances. No one likes swatting at the air like a crazy person, haha.

This recipe is so easy and quick and we have had some great results using it. We reapply often since it can quickly dry off the skin, so use as often as desired. I love knowing it is safe and effective even for my littlest kids.

DIY Outdoor Spray Recipe

 

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