Crazy Busy Life

Do you often feel like you just do not have enough time in the day? You run from one important task to the next. You are up at the crack of dawn and your head does not hit the pillow till well after dark. Our lives can be crazy. Between work, kids, family, spouses, volunteering, etc we drive ourselves mad!

But stop. Wait. Is this really how God intended for us to live our lives? Did He really want us to constantly feel overbooked and overextended? Were we made to be constantly frazzled, exhausted, and drained? No, I truly believe that we were not. God meant for us to be balanced and focused. We were made to be centered and grounded. But why is this not happening? Where have we gone astray and how can we fix it?

Well I will tell you what has helped in my life. First and foremost pray. Pray and spend time with God. If you do not choose to stay connected with Him it is hard for Him to guide you. Second, I have discovered the crazy power of Essential Oils. They truly do something for our bodies, minds and souls. I cannot believe the calm I feel when I apply Lavender to my wrist when I’m frazzled. Or the grounding I feel when I smell Frankincense.

Essential Oils work directly with our limbic system, and it is directly connected to those parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance (Higley & Higley, 1998).

During inhalation, odor molecules travel through the nose and affect the brain through a variety of receptor sites, one of which is the limbic system, which is commonly referred to as the “emotional brain.” This relationship helps explain why smells often trigger emotions. Knowing this, we can hypothesize how inhalation of essential oils can have some very profound physiological and psychological effects!

It is truly profound effects. So if you are finding yourself at the end of your rope. Stressed out and run down now is the best time to try something new. Choose to make the change in your life. God created us to LIVE life not be controlled by the chaos.

If you would love more info on how to change your life please message me!

 

Cheers!

 

In Grace,

HaLee

Why You Should Be Using Essential Oils

Essential oils have enhanced lives for thousands of years and they are down right amazing. They offer a variety of benefits from cosmetic and purposes to spiritual and religious use as well as many, many others. Young Living has always been at the forefront of bringing this ancient tradition to modern users, introducing millions to emotional, physical, and spiritual wellness that can be truly life-changing.

Extracted through careful steam distillation, resin tapping, and cold pressing, the purest essential oils are far more powerful than the botanicals from which they come. Any time you hold a bottle of Young Living’s powerful essential oils, you hold nature’s pure essence.

How To Use Essential Oils

You can access the power of essential oils many ways, but the most common practices include aromatic diffusion, topical application, and dietary consumption. These methods bring the pure essence of health-promoting botanicals to your home, family, and life. My family uses all three ways and the introduction of essential oils has been truly life saving.

Inspire a positive emotional state

Do you love the way the smell from a fresh orange peel brightens your day? Each essential oil’s complex, pleasant, and unique scent triggers emotions and memories, which can help in your search for a more fulfilling and balanced life.

To help you rediscover peace, balance, and joy, use these essential oils and blends for diffusion, soothing baths, massage, inhalation, or topical application. Essential oils that are great for this are, Joy, Lavender, Orange, Peace and Calming II, Peppermint and Jasmine. Lavender is my FAVORITE!

Enhance Your Physical Wellness

Our insane crazy  lifestyles don’t always create optimal conditions for physical wellness. Poor diet, lack of exercise, and an overabundance of environmental toxins can leave the body unbalanced and diminish energy levels. From weight management to supplemental support, our essential oils and essential oil-infused products can provide the targeted solutions you need to restore balance and feel your best. Check out our Slique weight-management system or Vitality line of dietary essential oils to discover the best way to infuse your life.

Feel revived every day with the whole food-based nutrients, powerful antioxidants, and pure essential oils found in Ningxia Red, EndoFlex Vitality and AgilEase.

Enhance Spiritual Awareness

Incense and essential oils from plants have always played an important part in religious and spiritual ceremonies, helping participants transcend the trivial and connect with something larger than themselves. The pure constituents in these oils stimulate olfactory receptors and activate regions in the brain’s limbic system associated with memory, emotion, and state of mind. To enhance your spiritual practice, dilute and apply empowering essential oils directly to wrists, feet, and behind the ears or diffuse the oils in a quiet space. Popular essential oils and blends for spiritual focus include: Sacred Frankincense, White Angelica, Live Your Passion and Inspiration.

Purify Your Home

Harsh chemical formulas aren’t your only option when it comes to cleaning your home. Enjoy peace of mind without compromise when you polish countertops, wash sticky hands, and clean laundry with the safe and effective power of essential oils and our Thieves line of products. Some of my favorite include Thieves Household Cleaner, Thieves Foaming Hand soap and Thieves Laundry Soap!

Refine Your Beauty Routine

Purge unsafe ingredients from your personal care products and rediscover your natural glow. An ancient beauty secret, essential oils help promote a clear-looking complexion, soften the appearance of signs of aging, and nurture healthy-looking hair. Using naturally derived ingredients, these advanced skin and hair care solutions make it easy to enjoy the beautiful benefits of essential oils every day. Savvy Minerals Makeup, Lavender Hand Lotion and Frankincense Essential Oil are just a few of the amazing products you can use!

So here is the short list, (or rather LONG list!) of why essential oils are so wonderful and why you should be using them. THEY ARE LIFE CHANGING! It is hard to describe how much joy and contentment you will feel once you start your essential oil journey. You will truly be amazed.

 

Cheers!

 

In Grace,

HaLee

Important Things to Know about Oils

1. How many drops are in the bottle?

* 85-100 drops per 5mL.

* 180-200 drops per 10mL.

* 250-300 drops per 15mL
2. When in doubt always follow the directions on the bottle or the instruction that    came with the product.

3. Terms:

*Neat- undiluted

*Hot- means the oil will feel very warm on your skin

*Carrier Oil- oil used to dilute an essential oil (grapeseed, avocado, coconut)

*Diluted- add carrier oil before use

*Aromatic- Diffuse, breathe it in from bottle or from drop in hand

4. Always have carrier oil on hand. Carrier oil is any oily oil and is used to dilute an essential oil.

5. Use Extreme caution with essential oils around your eyes. If you get any in your eye, DO NOT USE WATER TO FLUSH. Doing so will force the essential oil in deeper making it more painful. Use rice milk, regular milk, or carrier oil to flush the essential oil.

6. Never get essential oils in your ear canal. This is extremely painful and the nature of the ear canal will hold the oil for up to 6 hours causing pain. The best practice is to place a drop of essential oil on a cotton ball and tape it over the ear. The oil volatility will get to the area of concern using this method.

7. Essential oils are ok when shipped in weather that is freezing cold or extremely hot. Once opened, they should be kept in a cool dark place.

8. Essential oils are high in monoterpenes, such as citrus oils and Tea Tree, will oxidize faster than others so it is recommended that you keep these oils in your refrigerator.

9. The orifice reducer is the milky plastic part at the top that allows one drop to come out. Never touch this with your skin. Your epithelials (skin cells) will contaminate the oil which will cause it to oxidize faster. Turn the bottle to a 45 degree angle and wait until a drop comes out.

10. Most orifice reducers have the oil come out of the center hole. Young Living orifice reducers us the center hole as an air intake hole and the essential oil comes out of the tiny pinhole located between the center and the outside rim.

 

Remember this is not an all inclusive list of safety and best practice! It is always important to self educate! If you go a single day without learning something new it is a wasted day. Educate, educate, educate! There is a wealth of knowledge on the internet, Young Livings website also has tons of resources. I personally love to follow Jen O’Sullivan Author on Facebook, she constantly shares awesome info. If you ever have a question, please message me! I love to share and educate!

 

Cheers!

 

In Grace,

HaLee

I’m So Savvy Excited!

Today is the day!! Whoot! Whoot! My Savvy Minerals Premium Starter Kit will be here soon!! I just checked my tracking number and it said it will be here by 8pm tonight! (What’s nice in my small town is that everything is usually here by noon!) I can not wait!

I love makeup, I love that it can take your level from ‘blah’ to ‘Oh, Yeah!’ in two point two seconds. My biggest thing is that I don’t like it when it ‘looks’ like I have makeup on. I like the ‘natural glow’ look. This is a huge reason I am so ready to try Young Livings Savvy Minerals.

Since I have never really used mineral makeups before I have solicited the help of a friend of mine who is a complete makeup guru. She actually has a room in her home dedicated to makeup! (It’s really fun, whenever we have an event in our town a bunch of us go to her house so she can do our makeup!) Any who, I approached her and asked if she could teach me her ways and she said yes!

So the plan is with my friends help I will create videos to help you become successful with your Young Livings Savvy Minerals journey. To grow together we must learn together. So check back soon for Savvy Minerals Application 101!

Cheers!

In Grace,

HaLee

Savvy

 

 

Our Most Precious Gift- Our Seedlings

As many of you know I am a mom. A mom of four boys no less! Being a mom is the most rewarding, challenging and down right hardest thing I have ever done. These little bundles of joy are our babies, our seedlings and we would do anything for them. When we bring them home for the first time we want to give them the best of everything; the purest, healthiest and cleanest of every product we expose them too. That is our goal. Then reality sets in and most of our preconceived notions go flying our the door.

Until know! The amazing Young Living brand that people know and have been using for years has expanded to include a “Seedlings” line meant for your sweet, sweet baby. You no longer have to worry about exposing your child to the chemicals found in most brand name baby wipes, diaper rash creams, lotions and more!!

Young Living’s Seedlings line offers expertly created, essential oil-infused baby products that have been safely diluted for babies’ sensitive skin. Free from harmful ingredients, the line’s gentle, plant-based formulas have been specially created to carefully comfort infants and give parents peace of mind.

So lets look real quick at what is really in a brand name “Simply Clean” baby wipes.

Water Helps remove impurities from skin
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract Aloe Vera
Caprylyl Glycol A skin conditioner and mild preservative
Malic Acid A pH adjuster
Sodium Benzoate Preservative used block bacteria inside the pack
Sodium Citrate A pH adjuster
Tocopheryl Acetate A synthetic Vitamin E oil.
Coco-Betaine A cleansing agent and is associated with irritation and allergic contact dermatitis.
Fragrance  Fragrances are mixtures of undisclosed ingredients and many people are allergic to them.  Fragrance mixes often contain diethyl phthalate, which is associated with hormone disruption. Fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress, and potential effects on the reproductive system.
Polysorbate 20 It is an emulsifier that keeps ingredients from separating.  It is produced by using carcinogenic ethylene oxide, which may contaminate the final product with carcinogenic1,4-doxane.

Now after reading all that who wants to wipe their babies bum with them!!?? Not this girl! I am a big advocate of knowing what you are putting on your body and these ingredients do not sound like things I want to put on my body! Now let’s look at Young Living’s Seedlings Baby Wipes.35653949851_50f09f979a_z

Young Living Seedlings™ Baby Wipes are ultra-soft and comfortable. The soothing formula leaves skin moisturized, soft, and smooth while providing gentle and thorough cleansing without drying your infant’s delicate skin. With key ingredients are Apple fruit extract, Soapberry fruit extract, Aloe, Calendula extract, and Lavender essential oil, now that sounds better to me!

These gentle baby wipes can be used on any part of your infant’s skin. Soft, thick, and versatile, these wipes can handle a diaper change or a lunchtime cleanup. Vegan friendly, this mild and gentle formula contains cleansing botanicals and 100 percent pure essential oils and is specially formulated to minimize the risk of common allergic reactions.

Not only are these wipes amazing for your babies bum, they have numerous other uses as well! You can use them to remove your face makeup at the end of the day, they are great for wiping up sticky hands after meals and they can be used to replace your toxic dryer sheets! Imagine that, no more nasty dryer sheets and your clothes are going to smell great!

So now as a mom we have an amazing avenue to have the best and purest products for our babies. Click on my photo to go to my personal Young Living website to order your Seedlings products. If you would like to become a wholesale Young Living member read my post “Understanding the True Value of Premium Starter Kits” (Jan. 21).

Cheers!

In Grace,

HaLee

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To Fall in Love with Frank

We all go through a time in our lives when we fall in love. It might be knew love, it might be old love, it might be rekindled love. Well, I have a NEW love and his name is Frank! (Don’t tell my hubby!) Franks real name is Frankincense and let me tell you his story.

Frankincense essential oil (Boswellia carterii) is considered a holy oil in the Middle East, where it has been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years and was one of the gifts given to Christ at his birth. Frankincense is mentioned in the Ebers Papyrus, an ancient Egyptian scroll from approximately 1500 BCE, that documents its use. I just love the history of Frank, it truly warms my heart to know that that this oil was given to my Savior at his birth. Every time I diffuse Frank or use topically the sweet aroma grounds me to my God.
Frankincense is derived from the gummy sap that oozes out of the Boswellia trees, respectively, when their bark is cut. The leaking resin is allowed to harden and then scraped off the trunk in tear-shaped droplets; it may then be used in its dried form or steamed to yield essential oils. It is edible and often chewed like gum. It is also extremely fragrant, particularly when burned or diffused. 5324015063_905550e980_z
Frankincense essential oil  has a broad range of uses, from enhancing spiritual and meditative practice to use in beauty routines. Frankincense has an earthy, uplifting aroma that’s perfect for grounding and spiritual connectedness. Create a safe and comforting environment by diffusing this oil’s empowering aroma, particularly when you are seeking purpose or engaged in prayer or meditation. In addition to elevated spiritual experiences, Frankincense can help you maintain the appearance of radiant skin. Its ability to smooth the appearance of healthy skin explains why it is used in many natural beauty products.
I use Frank everyday on my face and love the results. I use a synergy  of Frank, Lavender and Copaiba essential oils in a roller ball with grape seed oil. (Recipe below) I also use Frank neat on my forehead each night. I apply one drop on my forehead and then gently rub it over my whole face. My skin has never felt or looked so good!! Also if feel a clogged pore coming on I put a dab of Frank on it and it keeps it from ever erupting! I Love Frank!5469204697_4237b7b092_z(1)
There are just so many great uses for Frank….. Invite elevated spiritual experiences every day by diffusing this oil in your home or office. Add Frankincense to your daytime lotion or night cream for a custom moisturizer that highlights your natural beauty. Incorporate Frankincense into your yoga ritual by diffusing this oil during your routine and following up with a post-practice massage. I also just love to use Frank as a personal scent! One drop Frank on my wrist with one drop Patchouli smells divine!
So don’t hold back any longer! If you have not started your romance with Frank, today is the day! Frank is also included in the Premium Starter Kit so you get to enjoy him right away when you become a Young Living member!! To sign up to become a member click on my picture and you will be taken directly to my personal Young Living page and you will be able to sign up there!!
Cheers!
In Grace,
HaLee
My Daily Face Oil Recipe
7 drops Copaiba
5 drops Lavendar
5 drops Frankincense
Grape seed oil or carrier oil of chose
10 mL Roller Ball
Make a synergy of essential oils in 10mL roller ball and then top with you favorite carrier oil. Use morning and night after you wash your face with a warm clean towel.

Lets Talk Chemicals

In our modern day society we are exposed to hundreds of chemicals everyday. Chemicals that have been created by man to serve a life enriching purpose. Or so that is what we have been told……

The truth is these chemicals are actually killing us, they are slowly poisoning our bodies little bit by little bit. It only takes 26 seconds for chemicals you put on your skin to enter your blood stream. So when you dip your hand into bleach water you are absorbing all those chemicals directly into your bloodstream. Lets take a closer look at bleach so we can really understand why it is so bad to use.

The most obvious danger of Chlorine Bleach is printed clearly on the label. It is a heavily corrosive material capable of irritating the eyes, skin and respiratory tract often by simply inhaling the gases it releases. This inhalation has been noted to deteriorate the lungs and esophagus lining. These side effects may not occur to a noticeable extent with each exposure, but the impact is never good, especially over a long period of time.

It is important to note that there is no FDA-type organization that regulates the cleaning products you buy. Instead groups such as the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) make warnings of the use of these items publicly available. Under the assumption that consumers will continue to use Chlorine Bleach within their households, the following safety precautions are widely recommended:

  • Dilute the chlorine bleach with water. The lower concentration poses a potentially lesser risk of unwanted exposure.
  • Wear a safety mask and rubber gloves when working with bleach as a preventative measure.
  • Only use chlorine bleach in a well ventilated area to allow for sufficient air flow and to prevent the unwanted gasses from remaining stationary in the working space.
  • Never mix chlorine bleach with any other household cleaners.

The fourth and final recommendation is particularly worth noting because mixed with common ingredients -such as ammonia -found in many other household cleaners the fumes produced can become even more lethal and potentially fatal. Nose bleeds, neurological disorders, headaches, shortness of breath and chest pain, are just a small number of the potential side effects that can be experienced.

So after reading all that why in good heavens would you ever want to use bleach or have it in your home!! I have four young boys that I can not even imagine exposing them to all those horrible things. But now here is the truth, I have exposed them. I have been exposing them for many years but those days are GONE!! Bleach will no longer be in my home. Along with a plethora of other toxic cleaning products. They are all out!!! Out to the garbage never to be used again.

All I use now is Thieves Household Cleaner. This stuff is truly top notch and amazing. One 14.4oz bottle at wholesale price is $22.00 and makes 29, 30 oz. bottles at $1.32 each. You cannot buy any chemical ridden cleaner for that cheap!! The Thieves Household Cleaner comes as a concentrate and then you get to create the cleaning products that you use and love!

Suggested Ratios According to Usage

  • All-purpose cleaner: Combine 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner and 2–3 cups water.
  • Degreaser: Combine 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner and 2 cups water. For heavy cleaning, use half or quarter the amount of water. If necessary, use a cloth to apply Thieves Household Cleaner undiluted. After cleaning, wipe the area with a cloth dampened with water.
  • Glass and mirror cleaner: Combine 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner, 5 drops Citrus Fresh™ essential oil blend, 1 teaspoon white vinegar, and 3 cups water.

Another thing that I love about Thieves Household Cleaner is that I can give a bottle of Thieves All-Purpose Cleaner to my four year old son and he can go to town helping me clean house! I do not have to worry about him being poised by toxic chemicals! It is so wonderful!

Thieves Household Cleaner has an amazing smell too. It is sweet-and-spicey scent, no more toxic fumes that you have to hold your breath around. Thieves Cleaner contains Clove Bud Oil, Lemon Peel Oil, Cinnamon Bark Oil, Eucalyptus Radiata Leaf Oil, and Rosemary Oil. Yum, yum, yum it has never smelled so good to clean my home!!

 

This all-purpose cleaner can be used on any surface in your home for dusting, spot cleaning, scrubbing, or any other cleaning need. Wherever you use it, you’ll feel good knowing it’s safe to use around everyone in your family, including pets. Spot test in an inconspicuous area before applying this product to woods, plastics, fabrics, and granite. If staining or damage occurs, discontinue use on the material.

So start your journey today of having a clean chemical free home!! Young Living offers a amazing Thieves Premium Starter Kit which includes:

  • 15-ml Thieves
  • Thieves AromaBright™ Toothpaste
  • Thieves Fresh Essence Plus Mouthwash
  • 2 Thieves Cleaner
  • 2 Thieves Foaming Hand Soap
  • 2 Thieves Spray
  • 2 Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier
  • 5-ml Stress Away™
  • AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment
  • 10 Sample Packets
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Business Cards
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Oil Bottles
  • 2 NingXia Red® 2-oz. samples
  • Product Guide and Product Price List
  • Essential Oil Magazine
  • Essential Edge
  • Member Resources

This packed full kit is only $160 when you become a Young Living Member. You can click on my photo on right hand side of page to go directly to my personal Young Living site! If you have questions, please feel free to contact me at any time!  If you are just checking out this blog and would love to learn more about Young Living Essential Oils, send me your email address and I will connect you with great resources!  I look forward to hearing from you!

Cheers!

In Grace,

HaLee

 

P.S. Here are some great Thieves Household Cleaner recipes!

Everyday All-Purpose Cleaner

In a 32 oz. high-quality and hard plastic bottle mix the following:

  1. 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner or 15-20 drops of Thieves essential oil
  2. 1 teaspoon of white vinegar
  3. Fill the rest with water

Window and Mirror Cleaner

For this cleaner, it is advised to use a 16 oz. glass spray bottle, because Lemon essential oil will be added and citrus oils can erode plastic.

Mix the following:

  1. 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner or 10 drops of Thieves essential oil
  2. 5 drops of Lemon essential oil
  3. 1 teaspoon of white vinegar
  4. Fill the rest with water

Deep Clean Scrubbing Solution

In a glass jar mix the following well to form a thick paste to clean sinks and tubs:

  1. 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner or 10 drops of Thieves essential oil
  2. 1 cup of baking soda

Wood Floor Cleaner 

In a 16 oz. glass spray bottle or bowl, mix the following:

  1. 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner or 10 drops of Thieves essential oil
  2. 5 drops of Lemon or Orange essential oil
  3. 1 teaspoon of white vinegar
  4. 1 tablespoon of Castile soap
  5. Fill the rest with water

Tile and Grout Cleaner

In a 16 oz. glass spray bottle or bowl, mix the following:

  1. 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner or 10 drops of Thieves essential oil
  2. 5 drops of Purification essential oil and/or Lemon essential oil
  3. 1/4 cup of white vinegar
  4. Fill the rest with water

Goo Cleaner

Add 1-2 drops of Lemon essential oil to any surface with stubborn “goo,” such as, gum, oil, grease spots, crayon, marker, stickers and more!


Refrigerator Refresher

After using the Everyday All-Purpose Cleaner seen above, freshen up your refrigerator by adding 3 drops of Lemon essential oil to a cotton ball and placing it inside.


Room Freshener

In a home diffuser add the following:

  1. 4 drops of Lemon essential oil
  2. 4 drops of Purification essential oil
  3. Fill to the line with distilled or purified water