My Five Favorite Single Oils

My 5 Favorite Oils | Favorite Single Oils

  1. Frankincense
    I love the smell of frankincense. It’s wonderful for diffusing or inhaling, and I like to use it in the morning before or during my quiet time. There’s a dietary version, though I’ve never used it that way.
  2. Lavender
    Super versatile, this is another favorite for diffusing (especially at bedtime). There’s even a dietary version you can use to make lavender lemonade (I’ve never tried this though)
  3. Lemon
    Another amazingly versatile oil, and this one I have used the dietary version. It makes a great addition to water, but I also like adding it to lemon bars or cake to bump up the lemon flavor. I use the regular version for a lot of homemade cleaners.
  4. Cedarwood
    I diffuse this one all. the. time. It’s a regular part of my bedtime routine, and I always make sure I have a bottle with me when we travel.
  5. Tea Tree
    The first essential oil I’d ever heard of – even though I didn’t realize that’s what it was!

What are your favorite (single) oils? Looking to know more?


Previously on The Deliberate Reader

One year ago: Book Review: Murder at the Brightwell by Ashley Weaver
Two years ago: Book Review: A Million Little Ways by Emily Freeman

7QT on visitors, life in general, cake, and books.

Seven Quick Takes

— 1 —

homeschooling record keepingWe’re on a homeschooling break (after only one week) because my inlaws are visiting along with two sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law. We ended up not even doing school the last two days before they arrived because of a sick baby (and doctor’s appointment) and sick mama.

I’m glad I’m not worried about getting enough days in this year, otherwise I’d probably be wound up about the crazy start. I am wondering a bit if I should have held off on starting, or if it doesn’t really matter.

— 2 —

weather forecastIt’s been an amazingly wonderful summer at least as far as the weather goes. Not too hot, and most days aren’t too humid either. It’s so fabulous. I’m trying to soak it all up and take advantage of the opportunities it provides for the kids to play outside. Come January I’m sure I’ll be missing it.

— 3 —

Where the summer continues to be difficult is with general life stuff. My husband’s last grandmother passed away last week. She’d been in poor health and it wasn’t all that surprising, but it was still very quick at the end. (And that would be the “why” behind the extra visitors we’ve had).

— 4 —

My kids are too young to understand, but they’re old enough to remember the strangest things. And it sometimes combines into “please don’t say that” moments. One child was looking forward to great-grandma’s funeral because maybe they’ll be cake like there was at the other great-grandma’s funeral earlier this year. Yelling “She died?? Are we going to the funeral? Yay! – I love cake!” is … not that sensitive to the rest of the grieving family.

— 5 —

Maybe cake was just on their mind because the baby’s first birthday cake was delayed and delayed. She was sick on her birthday, and I knew she didn’t want to fuss with cake and presents. The big kids pestered every day afterwards about when we were going to have her cake. And open her presents. And have cake, because cake cake cake we want cake.

— 6 —

YLEO August 2015 ER OrderOn a happier note, I got three new oils to try in this month’s shipment, and one of them is absolutely scrumptious-smelling. Deep Relief roll-on, Light the Fire, and Northern Lights Black Spruce (the one that smells so good I want to jump into the bottle).

— 7 —

I Know How She Does ItIt’s hard to select the best book I’ve finished recently – I’ve read some good ones, but they’re all so different it’s hard to compare. For most thought-provoking, it’s got to be I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their TimeI Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time by Laura Vanderkam.

The Martian
For most can’t-put-this-down the clear winner is The MartianThe Martian by Andy Weir. I read it in one night, and I paid for that late bedtime the next day.

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7 Quick Takes on essential oils, 31 days planning, homeschooling, and books.

Seven Quick Takes

— 1 —

Today was supposed to be the last day that Young Living Premium Starter Kits are $10 off, but they’ve extended that promotion through the end of the month. It’s still a great opportunity to get started with essential oils, if you’ve been considering trying them. Curious about what you might do with them? I’ve got a list of ideas.

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— 2 —

I’m working on a new 31 Days series for October. Yes, really. I’ve only gone back and forth on about 4 different ideas before finally settling on one. Now I’m in the midst of organizing content and drafting posts, because my goal is to have it all written by the end of September. That should give me plenty of cushion for life to happen. 🙂

— 3 —

I’m super excited about what I’ve got planned, and for another idea that will possibly go along with it. Vague blogging here, but it won’t be a secret for long and then I’ll share all about what I’m considering. One part might involve Facebook and/or Instagram, so if you haven’t already liked my page or followed my ‘gram, head over and do that.

— 4 —

In part because of that 31 Days project, I’m planning on doing some additional “throwback” posts if you will, like I did on Wednesday. What’s a throwback post you ask? It’s about a book that I read but never posted about, either because I wasn’t blogging when I read it or I just skipped it for whatever reason. I’m wanting to feature some of the books I love that otherwise haven’t been mentioned here.

— 5 —

We restarted homeschooling this week. I kind of like having had a enough of a break to make a clear deliniation between grades if you will. Awana does that too, but it was fun having our own. G is now a 1st grader, and H is in Pre-K. And M is turning 1 next week, so now I get to see what it’ll be like doing school with a toddler instead of a baby.

— 6 —

My inlaws will be back in town next week (tentatively) so we’ll be having a break from school just as we get started again. I am quite ok with that, and I’m trying to think of anything I might need to try to accomplish while they’re in the state.

— 7 —

The best book I finished lately was Jen Hatmaker’s For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible StandardsFor the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker. Funny and thought-provoking, I’m hoping it’s the final one to pull me out of my reading slump. It releases on Tuesday, and I’ll have a review posting that day.

For the Love

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Ideas for How to Use Essential Oils

Last week I shared about getting started with essential oils, and explained how to order them.

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And once you get your oils, what can you do with them? Essential oils are easy to incorporate into your daily life.

Three Ways to Use Essential Oils

  1. Topical – Direct application to your skin with a carrier oil or neat (without a carrier oil), to the desired area or reflexology point.
  2. Aromatic – Breathing the oil in, either by simply smelling the oils directly from the bottle, rubbing some onto your hands and breathing in, or diffusing in a room.
  3. Dietary – Add a drop or two to a glass of water, NingXia Red, juice, or swallow in a capsule. You can also cook with oils.

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Diffuse oils to improve moods or create a relaxing atmosphere.

  • Create a calm and relaxing atmosphere by diffusing Lavender (especially at night!), Tea Tree, or AromaEase.
  • Clean the air of foul or stale odors by diffusing Purification or Thieves.
  • Freshen the air and uplift the spirit by diffusing Orange, Lemon, or Citrus Fresh.
  • Provide soothing steam and a comforting aroma by diffusing RC.
  • Enrich prayer, yoga, or meditation by diffusing Frankincense for a deeper spiritual connection.
  • Curb the desire to snack by diffusing Peppermint.
  • Make the atmosphere positive and calm by diffusing Copaiba.

Apply oils topically
Always follow the dilution guide on the bottle, and you can apply Copaiba with other essential oils to amplify their effect.

  • Nourish and enhance your skin by adding Lavender, Frankincense, Tea Tree, or Purification to your favorite all-natural and unscented moisturizer.
  • Encourage relaxation by massaging Lavender into the soles of feet before bedtime.
  • Help alleviate nervous energy by rubbing Frankincense on the bottom of your feet.
  • Provide a comforting aroma by applying RC, AromaEase, or PanAway to neck and chest.
  • Ease stressed muscles or other occasional physical discomfort by rubbing PanAway across your lower back, onto the bottoms of your feet, or on your muscles.
  • Relieve occasional head pressure by applying one drop of Peppermint on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses (careful to avoid contact with your eyes), and on the back of the neck. Or, try PanAway essential oil blend on your temples.
  • Keep energy up by applying Peppermint to the back of the neck and shoulders throughout the day.
  • Sooth minor stomach discomfort associated with travel by massaging Peppermint on the abdomen, or placing a drop on wrists.
  • Support energy flow by applying AromaEase topically to feet and abdomen.
  • Enjoy the outdoors annoyance-free by applying Purification.

Take (some) oils internally

  • Add a drop of Lemon, Orange, Citrus Fresh, or Peppermint to a glass of water and incorporate it into your daily diet.
  • Following exercise or when life is demanding, add Stress Away to water or natural fruit or vegetable juice.
  • Support normal digestion by taking 1–2 drops of Peppermint or DiGize in a capsule after mealtime to help support normal digestion.
  • Substitute Lemon, Orange, or Citrus Fresh for lemon or orange juice or citrus seasoning to flavor seafood, vegetables, beverages, and desserts.
  • Mix Peppermint, Lemon, or Copaiba into herbal tea to enhance flavor, and combine Peppermint and Copaiba together with water to make a stimulating beverage.
  • Add 1 drop of Lemon oil to NingXia Red.
  • Use DiGize as a dietary supplement in water when traveling abroad.
  • Add a spicy zing to hot drinks by adding 1 drop of Thieves.

Make your own cleaning and household products
Promote chemical-free living, and let your children help clean without worrying about the products you’re using.

  • Create a calming or comforting atmosphere by adding Lavender to a bath.
  • Freshen the air by filling a spray bottle with water and several drops of Lavender or Purification, or and spraying under beds, in closets, or anywhere there are stale odors.
  • Freshen laundry by putting a few drops of Purification into the washing machine, or Lavender or Citrus Fresh on a rag and adding to your laundry dryer cycle.
  • Pull out stains, brighten carpets and rugs, and leave a fresh smell in the room by adding 10-15 drops of Lemon to a gallon of carpet cleaning solution.
  • Remove gum, oil, grease spots, glue, adhesive, or crayon from most surfaces with 1-2 drops of Lemon.
  • Enhance the aroma of Thieves Household Cleaner by adding a few drops of Citrus Fresh.
  • Thoroughly clean dishes and eliminate odors by putting a few drops of Thieves in your dishwater or dishwasher.
  • Neutralize odors with Purification by adding a few drops to a cotton ball and placing in shoes, your vehicle, or air vents in various rooms.
  • Freshen your refrigerator by placing a few drops of Lemon on a cotton ball and placing it inside.

Disclaimer:
I am not a medical doctor. The information provided and products mentioned are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Any statement(s) said/implied/posted have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these products. Information obtained here is meant for educational and informational purposes only, and to motivate you to make your own wellness care and dietary decisions based upon your own research and in partnership with your health care provider. It should not be relied upon to determine dietary changes, a medical diagnosis, or courses of treatment.

Disclosure: If you sign up using my member number, I may receive compensation, which I use to support this site. Thank you for supporting The Deliberate Reader!

Getting Started with Essential Oils

I’ve been using essential oils for a couple of years now, and I love them. I love using oils because they’ve worked well for me and my family, and using them is super easy, with different options for different needs. My husband even uses them now, and he was more than a bit skeptical at first.

I love that the oils last a long time. One drop (diluted) takes care of a lot – two drops is the most I use for anything topical, and often one is enough. I may use more drops when I’m diffusing, but other than that I often use them so sparingly that I’m still on my first bottle for many of the oils.

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What are Essential Oils

Essential oils are aromatic volatile liquids distilled from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, and seeds. They are highly concentrated and very complex and may consist of hundreds of different and unique chemical compounds.

Why Young Living Essential Oils

It’s all about the Seed to Seal guarantee for me. Young Living:

  • Owns their own farms and can guarantee the quality and purity.
  • Has farms worldwide so that plants can be raised in their native environments.
  • Allows you to visit their farms at any time – you can see the plants they’re growing.
  • Handles the process from planting to bottling (seed to seal), never buying from suppliers or relying on others. No other essential oil company can make that claim.
  • Everything is 100% natural and chemical free – they include no adulterants or synthetics in their oils.

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What Would I Actually Do with Them?

Essential oils are easy to integrate into your daily routine. You can diffuse them, apply them topically, take them internally, or use them to make your own household cleaning products. Curious about some specific ways to use them? Come back next week for another post (update: here’s my list of ideas on how to use essential oils), or until then check out Young Living’s guide.

You’ve Convinced Me. How Can I Get Started?

To get started with your membership, order a starter kit – I highly recommend the Premium Starter Kit – through Young Living. This lets you join Young Living as a distributor/wholesale customer (it’s the same thing), which lets you buy YL products at a 24% discount.

And a heads-up! Young Living is having a special offer: $10 off premium starter kits, now through August 14. A good deal just got even better!

For more details on how to order, I created the page “How to Order Essential Oils.” It should walk you through the process. If you sign up through me, I’ll send you some free gifts to help you make the most of your oils.

Why the Premium Starter Kit?

Why do I recommend the Everyday Oils Premium Starter Kit? Because it’s a fantastic value with 11 great oils, a diffuser, and samples. It lets you really try the oils out in your daily life and see how you like using them.

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The Everyday Oils Premium Starter Kit is all new, and now includes:

The Premium Essential Oils Collection – 5-ml bottles of Lavender, Peppermint, Lemon, Copaiba, Frankincense, Thieves, Purification, RC, DiGize, and PanAway. And, the Premium Starter Kit also includes an eleventh bonus oil: Stress Away!

What’s new now is there is a “flex oil” system in effect. If there are sourcing, shipping, or other supply constraints there may be a substitution of AromaEase, Orange, Lemongrass, Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternafolia), or Citrus Fresh.

Any or all of these are fantastic oils!

Premium Starter Kit Meet Your Oils

What else is in the Premium Starter Kit? You also get:

  • A home diffuser (I use mine daily – it’s a great way to use the oils. There are different diffusers to choose from, some with an upgrade charge)
  • Aroma Glide roller fitment (to turn any oil into a roll on)
  • 2 sample packets each of Lavender, Peppermint, Peace & Calming, Lemon, and Thieves for travel or sharing with family and friends
  • 2 NingXia Red 2-oz. samples (a fabulous antioxidant supplement)
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Business Cards
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Oil Bottles
  • Product Guide and Product Price List
  • EO – Essential Oils Magazine, Essential Edge, and Member Resource Materials

As great a kit as this is, there are also two other Premium Starter Kits – the NingXia Red and Thieves kits are also terrific options if they sound more appealing to you.

Not sure yet?

I’d be happy to talk with you about oils or which starter kit is right for you – email me any time at sheila(at)deliberatereader.com.

FAQs:

Do I have to order a minimum amount? Do I have to order every month?
No! There is no required monthly order, and you only have to order 50 PV (PV = personal volume, and if you’re buying oils it’s generally $1 = 1PV) in a year to stay active. You do not have to order every month, and can just order whenever you want to.

Wait. I thought there was something about ordering every month?
If you want to join Essential Rewards (ER), that’s a monthly order. This is totally optional if you’re just a wholesale member.

Why would I want to join Essential Rewards?
You’ll have a set date every month for ordering oils, and you’ll get reduced shipping. You can also earn points for FREE oils. It also helps you to use your oils when you know you’re getting new ones every month. You can adjust your order every month to just get what you want that month – it doesn’t have to be the same items each month. You’ll also be eligible to for special monthly promotions. For more information, see my “How to Order Essential Oils” page, and scroll down to the section on Essential Rewards.

Do I have to sell oils?
No – you can sign up as a distributor but there is no obligation to sell oils, or any purchase requirement beyond that 50PV purchase per year. You can be a distributor for your own personal benefit and just to get the wholesale prices and support that is offered through your team.

What if a friend wants to sign up under me? Or what if I decide I do want to turn this into a business?
As a distributor, you have your own distributor number you can use to sign up new members. If you join my team, you’ll have access to a private business builders group, and lots of support.

What do I need to get started?
I recommend the premium starter kit and a carrier oil. See “How to Order Essential Oils” for more information.

Still have more questions?
Send me an email at sheila(at)deliberatereader.com – I’d be happy to help, and if I can’t answer them I can check with my great upline.

Disclaimer:
I am not a medical doctor. The information provided and products mentioned are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Any statement(s) said/implied/posted have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these products. Information obtained here is meant for educational and informational purposes only, and to motivate you to make your own wellness care and dietary decisions based upon your own research and in partnership with your health care provider. It should not be relied upon to determine dietary changes, a medical diagnosis, or courses of treatment.

Disclosure: If you sign up using my member number, I may receive compensation, which I use to support this site. Thank you for supporting The Deliberate Reader!