Healing Your Hormones Naturally.

Have you been struggling with hormonal imbalance, painful break outs, irregular cycles, intense period symptoms, fertility issues and more? Our hormones are a huge puzzle piece to our health that most of us have simply forgotten, trying to treat the symptoms but never going for the root cause. The only way to free yourself from the vicious cycle is to take the power back and heal your hormones naturally. There is no magic pill or fix for regulating your hormones, it’s going to take a conscious and intentional effort from you each and every single day but it is worth it, I promise you!

Before I jump in to all of the tips and recommendations for you to read through I want to start off with a book suggestion because it completely opened my eyes to how our hormones function and how important they are for our well being! When I picked up Woman Code for the first time I was  desperate. I had just gone through our second miscarriage in one year, my hormones where out of whack, my skin was painful and embarrassing, and I felt totally out of control. I started researching about hormones and the book popped up in my suggested reads. Life changing is an understatement friends. Woman Code empowered me to dig deeper, live cleaner, and be more in control of my health & wellness in so many ways. It showed me how connected our hormones are to our overall health and how they were being effected by the way we were living every single day.

You see, our hormones are hugely impacted by out environment and the foods that we eat, so cleaning up your diet and your home is going to be a big part of this process.

Cleaning Up Your Home//

Ditching all of the harsh chemicals in your home like your cleaners, personal care products, air fresheners, and more for natural alternatives is a huge step in the right direction. Avoiding the chemicals in these products that disrupt our hormones and effect our endocrine system negatively will start the healing process and you’ll be able to detox all of that junk from your system leaving you with a clean slate to start this journey! I shared more about how we started that ditch & switch process in THIS post and our natural cleaning favorites HERE!

Once the harmful plug-in’s, perfumes, dryer sheets, and body lotions are gone and replaced with plant based goodness, food is your next area of focus. You want to be adding foods that are rich in nutrients and great for hormone health while reducing things like refined sugars. Drink plenty of water each day and say goodbye to all those sodas you’ve been downing cause girl, they are not helping things one bit, lets be honest!

Below is a list of my favorite hormone balancing eats to help you get started:

Hormone Balancing Foods//

  • clean proteins- soaked & sprouted nuts, quinoa, and hormone free chicken are my go-to’s.
  • healthy fats- grass fed ghee, coconut oil, avocado, and real butter are great options that you can add into everyday recipes and meals.
  • antioxidant rich vegetables- beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, and arugula are all incredible sources of hormone balancing goodness. If you’re not eating a plate of mostly veggies at every meal I encourage you to start! Your body needs them! I also love getting my antioxidants from Ninxia Red, Young Living’s supplement drink. It’s jam-packed with those guys and it’s been a part of my routine for years now, I swear by it!
  • healing spices- turmeric, garlic, and pink salt are some of my favorites.

As you start to slowly switch things out and research more, you’ll find a ton of swaps you can make in your kitchen that will make a huge impact on your health. These days we make most things from scratch, opt for unrefined and unbleached when we can, and avoid unnatural colors or preservatives and the change has been huge but adding more good things is always the key so if a major overhaul of your diet doesn’t appeal to you, i encourage you to start small.

Once your diet and your environment is more clean and healthy hormone friendly finding tools to heal you balance and maintain healthy hormones is going to be key! We want to keep our endocrine system – the system in our body that produces and secretes our hormones- as supported as possible and oils are an amazing way to do that! Finding a protocol that works for you may take a little time but with our team’s guidance you’ll have everything you need to choose oils that support you where you need it most. Here a list of just a few of our favorite hormone supporting oils:

Oils for Support//

  • Dragon Time
  • Sclaressence
  • Clary Sage
  • Progessence Plus
  • Bergamot

While you do all of this work you may be struggling with the symptoms of your imbalance and the in between can be so hard but do not give up friend! It will take months to rid your body of all of the toxins in your blood stream, heal your gut, and balance everything out so stick with it and have patience! I know it can be discouraging when we don’t see instant results but when it comes to hormones, it just doesn’t work like that! Stick with these lifestyle changes and the results will come!

I don’t want to leave you completely high and dry for those times when our hormones are raging and we need a temporary fix for those pesky breakouts that come with imbalance so i want to share a few tips & tricks with you but first…

How do you know if it’s a hormonal break out? Here are some signs:

Hormonal Acne Tips//

When your skin is suffering sometimes you need a fast solution you can really rely on.  Some of my favorite natural skin care fixes are made from ingredients found right in my kitchen or in my wellness cabinet! No fancy skincare systems or harsh chemicals needed! Did you know that raw honey is amazing for lightening scarring caused by blemishes? It’s also antibacterial so it helps fight the bacteria that cause breakouts and leaves your skin feeling so nourished!

Some of my other favorites?

  • Clay- great if you have overly oily skin! It helps remove some of the oil and dirt clogging your pores and even helps kill germs hanging around on your skin.
  • Activated  Charcoal- draws out impurities and detoxifies leaving your skin healthy and clean! I love Young Living’s new orange blossom charcoal bar currently, it smells so good and leaves my face feeling so clean!
  • Manuka Oil- My number one go-to for hormonal acne breakouts, this oil is anti-fungal, anti inflammatory, antibacterial, and so much more! Perfect for supporting our skin when we have red, inflamed breakouts.

Need a little extra help clearing up that skin? We also have a new OTC acne treatment made from all natural ingredients to help ya out sister!

Natural Period tips//

Once your hormones are more balanced and your environment is more clean, you’ll see a huge shift in the way you feel and you’ll have a bunch of tools in your tool belt to help you deal with flare ups and break outs along the way but I also wanted to talk periods with you! They will get better, more regular, less painful, and easier to deal with as you heal but with periods come discomfort, that’s a given! There are a few natural remedies that I swear by and I wanted to share them here with you!

  • turmeric latte- because turmeric contains curcumin it has amazing anti-inflammatory properties so it’s perfect for easing the discomfort of cramping during your moon cycle. I love to make a warm golden milk or a turmeric latte in the evenings to sip on. you can find an amazing recipe from Dr.Axe here!
  • rest- this one is a given, I know! but in the first few days of your period when you’re struggling the most with bloating & cramping it’s best to give yourself grace and practice extra self-care!
  • dragon time oil- this oil is amazing for supporting us during our cycles because it helps promote emotional balance while revealing cramping when applied topically! I roll it over my abdomen a few times a day and it helps a ton!
  • magnesium- this one is amazing for menstrual health! besides easing cramps, reducing stress levels, it may even help ease the symptoms of issues like PCOS and PMS. You can read more about magnesium and period health here!

I hope that this post encourages you to start digging deeper into your hormonal health and that you feel empowered to make lasting changes in your daily routine that will make a big impact on your overall wellness. If you are unsure if you have a hormonal imbalance i highly suggest reaching out to your health care provider and discussing it with them further! They will be able to run tests and give you real concrete answers and a place to start your journey towards healing. Then reach out to us and we can help tailor a natural and holistic daily regiment just for you!

Natural Cleaning 101!

Have you been looking for a cleaner, greener way to keep your house clean?

I have some tips for you using plant based, essential oil infused products that are cost effective and really work! You can replace all of those chemical cleaners in your cabinets and under your sinks with just a few ingredients and products, some of which you probably already have around your home.

Making the switch to natural products doesn’t have to be complicated or intimidating and we are here to show you how simple it really is but first you need to know why all of those cleaners and scrubs you’re currently using are just no good.

You see, the Toxic Substance Control Act of 1976 grandfathered in an estimated 65,000-100,000 chemicals currently on the market today.

What does that mean to you?

Simply put: these chemicals have not had any safety testing and we know very little information about their effects. Of the chemicals tested, toxic labeling is required only if 50% or more of the animals tested with a chemical die.
Under the TSCA, manufacturers are protected by trade secrets laws that allow them to keep their ingredient lists a secret.
This is one of many reasons we want to avoid toxic chemicals in the home.

Chemical Awareness

The bottle looks cute and makes promises of a germ free environment The bottle may even warn of immediate health dangers or poisoning but what’s missing from the label is the hidden danger of long term toxicity.
Conventional cleaning products wreak havoc on the respiratory system, cellular health and even mental clarity of those who are exposed to them.

The Volatile Organic Compounds, (gases emitted from certain solids or liquids which represent a variety of chemicals) of the cleaning agents remain in the air long after the surface has been cleaned. While there is not yet a standard of safety established for non-industrial buildings, it is interesting to note that OSHA does regulate the carcinogenic VOC formaldehyde to a permissible level of .75ppm.

+The average home measures an astonishing VOC level of 50ppb.
+A common furniture polish reads 275 ppb after exposure while surfaces wipes often requested on the school shopping lists measure 1.798 ppb after use.
+Most shocking of all is the VOC measure of a common surface spray advertising to kill 99.9% of germs at 12,000+ ppm.

Notice we have no moved from parts per billion to parts per million. It is no wonder that the quality of air inside your home is now five to seven times more toxic than outdoor air quality. The consumer household cleaning products sales market was a 7.3 Billion dollar industry in 2007.
The good new is, thanks to consumer awareness, the sale of chemical household products is slowing from a previous growth rate of 10% annually.
Perhaps a new DIY ingredient savvy generation is to thank!

Chemicals to Avoid

There are so many chemicals in our everyday products that are harmful to our health and bodies without us even knowing. What we want to do is EMPOWER our people and EDUCATED everyone on what to avoid and how to avoid it.

Here are a few to be aware of:
+Fragrance:
Short term toxicity can include coughing, skin irritation, rash, wheezing, headaches, nausea, vomiting, and irritability. Long term toxicity can include cancer, lung disease, heart disease and reproductive disorders.
Found in: scented candles, perfumes, lotions, and more

+Triclosan:
Used in many formulations as an antibacterial agent to prevent or reduce bacterial contamination and registered as a pesticide by the EPA. Topical absorption of triclosan has shown disturbances to the endocrine system, and is believed to lead to birth defects and uncontrollable cell growth
Found in: soaps, deodorants, cosmetics, shave gel, first aid spray, kitchenware and children’s toys.

+Phthalates:
A low cost endocrine disrupting chemical that in lab studies has shown to interfere with hormone production in rats and mimic estrogen in human studies.
Found in: plastic food packaging, lotions, skin moisturizers, fragrance, cleaners, glues and nail polish.

+Formaldehyde:
This is a known carcinogen and recognized as such by the Cancer Institute. Exposure can cause eye irritation, asthmatic response, skin irritation, headaches and nausea. Long term effects include cancer and possibly leukemia. Although products generally contain small amounts, when this chemical is used in many common everyday household items in addition to being present in our wood, sheetrock and furniture, our exposure adds up. To make things even more alarming, this isn’t an easy ingredient to find. The ingredients is often listed as it’s fragmented name.
Found in: baby shampoo, pet shampoo, shampoo and conditioner, body wash, sunblocks, cosmetics, baby wipes, toothpaste, and more.

How Can I Check My Products?

Want to know if your cleaners and personal care products have those icky ingredients hidden inside? Download the Think Dirty app and scan them! The app will give you a toxicity rating for your product, the ingredients included, and how those ingredients can impact your health. You will be shocked to see how even some of the most “all natural” brands rate! You can also look up products on the Environmental Working Group website!

Once you’re armed with this knowledge you can start eliminating the most toxic products in your cabinets by switching them out with natural, plant based options you can easily make yourself.

What We Use Now

These days my cabinet for cleaners is looking pretty slim. I keep it stocked with only a few ingredients that i can use to clean every surface of my house on a budget!

Here are my natural cleaning must haves:

Baking Soda

Baking soda is an amazing addition to your natural cleaning arsenal. because it absorbs odors, is slightly abrasive, and reacts well with vinegar you can use it to clean countless areas of your home from stains on carpets to cutting boards and so much more.

White Vinegar

Vinegar is an acid that is an effective, non toxic alternative to bleach and other harsh chemical cleaners. it deodorizes and is often used to combat stains, mold, and rust.

Citrus Fruit

Lemons and Oranges are great for cleaning especially when combined with basic household products like vinegar and baking soda. citrus contains d-limonene, a natural solvent that cuts through grease and dirt and will leave your house smelling fresher than ever.

Essential Oils

Essential oils are one of the best smelling, naturally antibacterial options for homemade cleaning recipes. add oils to green your laundry routine, sanitize the kitchen , nix mold in the bathroom all while making your house smell “clean”- no scary fumes needed!

Thieves Household Cleaner 

Thieves Household Cleaner is a plant based, essential oil infused cleaner concentrate from Young Living made with pure essential oils that have antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. This cleaner disinfects and purifies surfaces and fabrics without any harsh ingredients.

Why It’s Economical

Thieves Household Cleaner is an all-in-one cleaning product that will replace most of your household cleaners.

Thieves Household Cleaner is a concentrate. For most all-purpose cleaning, dilute 30 parts of water to 1 part of Thieves Household Cleaner. That breaks down to one 64 oz bottle of Thieves Household Cleaner concentrate = about 128 all-purpose spray bottles (30 oz. each) for about 88 cents a bottle. That’s cheaper than most all-natural cleaners on the market.

BUT there’s a way to save even more money. I can help you to get wholesale pricing to save even more. With a wholesale membership, you’ll pay just 67 cents a bottle and get wholesale pricing on all Young Living essential oils, cleaning products, vitamins, supplements, personal care products and much more.

The Best Way To Get Started

The best way to get started with Young Living’s Thieves line is to grab our Thieves Premium Starter Kit. In addition to a great bundle of Thieves Household products you’ll receive a welcome package from us here at Oils & Honey filled with natural living resources and fun goodies to help you make the switch with ease! Grabbing your kit also gives you a membership with YL for 24% off all of your future purchases for a year and access to our exclusive education group filled with recipes, diys, and ideas for you to get the most out of your products. You never have to make a monthly purchase, pay a membership fee, or sell anything. You just get to enjoy plant based products and education for a great price!

You can grab your own kit by clicking here and choosing your thieves starter kit!

Basic Cleaning Recipes

Here are a few of my favorite diy cleaners for you to try! This gives you just a taste of how versatile essential oils, baking soda, and thieves cleaner can be!

For The Surfaces

Add water and thieves cleaner to a 16 oz spray bottle for a powerful multipurpose cleaner. Use these dilution ratios based on the surface you’re tackling.

all purpose cleaning – 30 parts water to 1 part thieves household cleaner

heavy degreasing – 15 parts water to 1 part thieves household cleaner

light degreasing – 60 parts water to 1 part thieves household cleaner

For The Carpets

Thieves Carpet Cleaner – 16 oz spray bottle, 1/4 capful of thieves laundry soap, 3 drops lemon essential oil, 3 drops purification essential oil, water to fill bottle.  Mix ingredients together and spray on spot or stain. Let set for 15 minutes and then scrub with white cotton cloth or towel.

Carpet Refresher – Glass shaker container, baking soda, 10 drops thieves essential oil, 10 drops citrus fresh essential oil. Mix baking soda and essential oils in glass shaker  and apply lid. Shake over carpets and let set for 20-30 minutes, vacuum up and enjoy fresh carpets.

For The Glass & Mirrors

Add thieves household cleaner and water into a 16 oz spray bottle and dilute using the following ratio:

glass and windows – 50-100 parts water to 1 part thieves household cleaner

For The Stains

Add 1 part thieves household cleaner to 1 part thieves dish soap in a large glass roller bottle and shake to combine. Apply to stains and let set for at least 10 minutes before washing.

For The Wood

Combine 5 drops citrus fresh essential oil, 1/2 cup olive oil, and 1/2 cupful thieves household cleaner in  a small bowl and apply evenly to wood surfaces with a damp cloth.

 

Now that you have some new products and recipes to try I thought i would share my simple home cleaning routine for you! This fun printable is a great way to keep track of your weekly cleaning schedule. I like to hang it on my fridge and check off my finished tasks each day. It makes keep our home clean and organized a little more fun!

You can download your own by clicking here!

Oils+Children.

If you’re new to essential oils you may be wondering about how you can use them safely and effectively with your children. There is so much information out there and everyone has their own opinions about essential oils and their uses, it can feel a little intimidating to begin. I know that feeling all too well!

As a mother and certified doula i spent years doing research, talking to professionals, and studying up on oil safety so that i could serve my clients and their children in the best possible way. In my own life, i wanted to make sure my children’s wellness was our top priority, giving me even more drive to dive into the world of essential oil safety for kids. After years of learning in this area, i now teach these important basics to mothers and oil users to help empower them on their journey.

To start this post off i want to preface it by saying that i while i am passionate and educated in this area, i am not a doctor or certified aromatherapist! I am simply a mother who feels that essential oils are a powerful and natural tool! I always suggest that my clients talk to their health care provider, naturopath, or a licensed aromatherapist for concerns about safety, use, and more.

With that being said,  when using essential oils with children safety is key. It is better to be overly cautious than to over do it with essential oils. Unlike fragrances and perfume oils, essential oils are strong plant medicine and that should be respected always. We need to take great caution and care when exposing our young children to these little bottles and we always need to keep proper usage in mind.

Here are some of the most important basics to know when using essential oils with children//

  • Essential oils should be used with caution and intent. 
  • It is not recommended that essential oils be used (topically, or inhaled) with babies before the age of six months due to their thinner skin and immature immune systems.
  • After the age of six months, you may diffuse child safe essential oils for a specific purpose and short periods of time. For an acute case (like a bee sting or bug bite), you may use essential oils topically, but this should be the exception and not the norm. Children are particularly sensitive to aroma and products applied to the skin.
  • After the age of 2 years you may start topical use with a very low dilution (less than 1%), but keep in mind a child’s immune system takes several years to fully develop, making them less able to deal with the adverse affects which may arise when concentrated products are used improperly on or around them.
  • After the age of 6 years the immune system has likely matured, and adverse reactions from low dilutions of essential oils are not as likely. You’ll still want to use low dilutions (usually 1%), but thicker skin is going to provide more protection from topical applications so i always suggest applying to the bottom of the feet with children.

Oils that are SAFE for kids:

When used appropriately, in the right situations, with the proper dilution and application, the following essential oils (pay attention to chemotype and Latin/botanical name) are NOT known to produce adverse reactions when used with children (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Bergamot
  • Black Pepper
  • Blue Tansy
  • Cedarwood
  • Clary Sage
  • Copaiba
  • Coriander
  • Cypress
  • Frankincense
  • German Chamomile
  • Geranium
  • Ginger
  • Grapefruit
  • Juniper Berry
  • Helichrysum
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Mandarin
  • Marjoram (Sweet)
  • Neroli
  • Palmarosa
  • Patchouli
  • Petitgrain
  • Pines -except Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa), or Huon Pine (Dacrydium franklinii)
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Sandalwood
  • Siberian Fir Needle
  • Spearmint
  • Spruces
  • Sweet Marjoram
  • Sweet Orange
  • Tangerine
  • Tea Tree
  • Vetiver

*Note:while Vetiver is safe for children i would not recommend it for sleep support because it is known to cause vivid dreams and sometimes nightmares, which could scare your child, so it is best avoided and replaced with cedarwood or lavender instead.

Oils that are UNSAFE for kids:

Some essential oils have several different species or chemotypes – some are safe for children, and some are not.  Please take note of the species or chemotype noted to lessen confusion with other essential oils with the same name.

NOTE: if it says “avoid using (all routes)” that means everything – do not use topically or allow them to inhale.

  • Anise/Aniseed Pimpinella anisum – avoid using (all routes) with children under 5
  • Anise (Star) Illicium verum – avoid using (all routes) with children under 5
  • Basil (lemon) Ocimum x citriodorum – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Benzoin Styrax benzoin, Styrax paralleloneurus and Styrax tonkinensis – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Birch (sweet) Betula lenta – avoid using (all routes) with children
  • Black Seed Nigella sativa – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Cajuput Melaleuca cajuputi, Melaleuca leucadendron – avoid using with children under 6
  • Cardamon Elettaria cardamomum – avoid using (all routes) with children under 6
  • Cassia Cinnamomum cassia, Cinnamomum aromaticum – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Chaste Tree Vitex agnus castus – avoid using (all routes) with prepubertal children
  • Clove Bud, Clove Leaf, Clove Stem Syzygium aromaticum, Eugenia caryophyllata, Eugenia aromatica – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Cornmint Mentha arvensis, Mentha canadensis – avoid using (all routes) with children under 6
  • Eucalyptus Eucalyptus camaldulensis, Eucalyptus globulus, Eucalyptus maidenii, Eucalyptus plenissima, Eucalyptus kochii, Eucalyptus polybractea, Eucalyptus radiata, Eucalyptus Autraliana,Eucalyptus phellandra, Eucalyptus smithii – avoid using (all routes) with children under 10
  • Fennel (bitter), Fennel (sweet) Foeniculum vulgare – avoid using (all routes) with children under 5
  • Galangal (lesser) Alpinia officinarum, Languas officinarum – avoid using (all routes) with children under 6
  • Garlic Allium sativum – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Ginger Lily Hedychium coronarium – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Ho Leaf/Ravintsara Cinnamomum camphora (cineole chemotype) – avoid using with children under 6
  • Hyssop Hyssopus officinalis (pinocamphone chemptype) – avoid using (all routes) with children under 2
  • Laurel Leaf/Bay Laurel Laurus nobilis – avoid topical use on children under 2; avoid all routes for children under age 6
  • Lemon Leaf/Lemon Petitgrain Citrus x limon, Citrus limonum – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Lemongrass Cymbopogon flexuosus, Andropogon flexuosus, Cymbopogon citratus, Andropogon citratus – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Marjoram (Spanish) Thymus mastichina – avoid using (all routes) with children under 6
  • Massoia Cryptocarya massoy, Cryptocaria massoia, Massoia aromatica – avoid using (all routes) with children under 2
  • May Chang Litsea cubeba, Litsea citrata, Laura cubeba – avoid topical use with children under 2
  • Melissa/Lemon Balm Melissa officinalis – avoid topical use with children under 2
  • Myrtle (red) Myrtus communis – avoid using (all routes) with children under 6
  • Myrtle (aniseed) Backhousia anisata – avoid using (all routes) with children under 5
  • Myrtle (honey) Melaleuca teretifolia – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Myrtle (lemon)/Sweet Verbena Backhousia citriodora – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Niaouli (cineole chemotype) Melaleuca quinquinervia – avoid using (all routes) on children under 6
  • Oakmoss Evernia prunastri – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Opopanax Commiphora guidottii – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Oregano Origanum onites, Origanum smyrnaeum, Origanum vulgare, Origanum compactum, Origanum hirtum, Thymbra capitata, Thymus capitatus, Coridothymus capitatus, Satureeja capitata – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Peppermint Mentha x Piperita – avoid using (all routes) with children under 6
  • Peru Balsam Myroxylon balsamum, Myroxylon pereiraw, Myroxylon peruiferum, Myrospermum pereirae, Toluifera pereirae – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Rambiazana Helichrysum gymnocephalum – avoid using (all routes) with children under 6
  • Rosemary (1,8-cineole chemotype) Rosmarinus officinalis – avoid using (all routes) with children under 10
  • Saffron Crocus sativus – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Sage (Greek)Salvia fruiticosa, Salvia triloba Sage (White) – avoid using (all routes) with children under 6
  • Sage (White) Salvia apiana – avoid using (all routes) with children under 6
  • Sage (Wild Mountain) Hemizygia petiolata – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Sanna Hedychium spicatum – avoid using (all routes) with children under 6
  • Saro Cinnamosma fragrans – avoid using (all routes) with children under 6
  • Savory Satureia hortensis, Satureia montana – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Styrax Liquidambar orientalis, Liquidambar styraciflua – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Tea Leaf/Black Tea Camellia sinensis, Thea sinensis – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Tea Tree (lemon-scented) Leptospermum petersonii, Leptospermum citratum, Leptospermum liversidgei – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Treemoss Pseudevernia furfuracea – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Tuberose Polianthes tuberosa – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Turpentine Pinus ayacahuite, Pinus caribaea, Pinus contorta, Pinus elliottii, Pinus halepensis, Pinus insularis, Pinus kesiya, Pinus merkusii, Pinus palustris, Pinus pinaster, Pinus radiata, Pinus roxburghii, Pinus tabulaeformis, Pinus teocote, Pinus yunnanensis – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Verbena (Lemon) Aloysia triphylla, Aloysia citriodora, Lippa citriodora, Lippa triphylla – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Wintergreen Gaultheria fragrantissima, Gaultheria procumbens – avoid (all routes) on children due to methyl salicylate content under age 10
  • Ylang-Ylang Cananga odorata – avoid topical use on children under 2

Age appropriate dilution:

On creating routines:

For children 2+ essential oils can be an amazing way to support their sleep, immune systems, and so much more. I strongly believe in the power of routines when it comes to using oils in these areas, making them as a natural part of your every day gives them power. My biggest suggestion to parents who are trying to incorporate oils into their child’s routine is to start small. Instill one routine at a time to support your child’s needs. The easiest place to start is bed time! Most of our children could use help getting a good night’s sleep and oils have been very successful in promoting sound sleep for children and adults alike. Turning the diffuser on while your children get in their pj’s can start a smooth transition to bedtime, creating a calming environment for them to unwind. Oils like Peace & Calming and Cedarwood are great choices for this. You can also create a calming linen spray to mist their bedding and pillows with, an additional way to relax your children and create a bedtime ritual. Once you find the oil combinations and methods that work for you and your children you can start supporting them in other areas like their immune systems or their emotions!

Favorite Oily Tips for Kids:

Have a teething baby? Copaiba is an amazing natural anti-inflammatory and is amazing at relieving those sore baby gums! Make a roller and apply to the jaw line or rub neat onto the sore spot for support. It’s also in the Premium Starter Kit.

Gentle Baby is a wonderful blend for postpartum mothers and babies alike. Its calming and soothing aroma is perfect for diffusing in the nursery or wearing as a daily postpartum perfume.

Young Living has a line of pre-diluted oils designed especially for children that includes blends to promote focus, sleep, relieve ouchies, and more! These oils are a great addition to your Starter Kit if you have children and are great for throwing in your diaper bag or purse.

Want clean, essential oil infused products for your babies and young children? Explore Young Living’s Seedlings line! These gentle products with naturally derived ingredients are the perfect way to kick the harmful chemicals from your children’s personal care products.

More Resources:

Using Essential Oils for Children

Gentle Babies Book

Oily Stations & Why They’re Important!

  

Keeping my oils out where i can see them and easily access them has been the key to making them a part of my everyday life. When they are out on the dresser or next to the diffuser I’m more likely to slow down when I pass by and drop something on my wrist or start the diffuser with my favorite blend. That’s why oily stations have become a huge part of our home and why i suggest them endlessly to people who want to start using oils more consistently.

With essential oils, consistency is key. You want the oils to be a part of you wellness routine. something you do regularly and build routines around. You see, so much of the power in essential oils centers around using them daily, rather than just grabbing one out of the blue to “throw at something”. Think proactive, not reactive.

Creating oily stations around you home makes grabbing your oils so much more convenient and takes the “overwhelming” factor of oils away. You’ll start to feel more comfortable with your oil collection and how you can put them to good use all around your house when you’re using them every single day!

A few tips for creating an oily station of your own:
+ Find a wall, or shelf or nook in your main living area where you can display your oils! Out of sight, out of mind – so best to set your oils up where you do most of your living.

+ Keep a basket, drawer or container with the following right next to your oils: empty rollers, empty spray bottles, witch hazel, carrier oil (v-6 or fractionated coconut oil to name my two favorites). If all of that is right within reach of your oils, you’ll be more inclined to make rollers and sprays and get using and sharing those oils!

+ Keep inventory/a blank sheet of paper nearby. I mark down what I am running low on and wish list items here, for when it comes time to place my monthly order(s)!

+ Think outside of the box using things you might already have! I used a cake stand for my diffuser, a jewelry dish for my empty rollers, a lipstick holder for my favorite go-to rollers – get creative and have fun!

+ Keep a carafe of water handy! Rather than carry my diffusers to the sink several times a day, I fill up a carafe of water to fill all of my diffusers up at the same time.

+ Last tip – don’t forget to make mini stations! So for example:
I have our homeschool time oils near our homeschooling area so we have our focus rollers and favorite oils to diffuse handy!

I have the kid’s bedtime oils in little stations in each bedroom so when we tuck them into bed their diffusers can be easily filled and their sprays and rollers are within reach.

I have vitality oils and some of my favorite go-to blends near the kitchen for easy access.

And lastly, we have oils that I know that we will want & need on the go, already in an oils pouch in my purse.

When you’re at thrift stores keep your eyes out for shadow boxes and typeset drawers, they make great hanging wall storage. Spice organizers make really simple and cute oily storage for the top of dressers or in cabinets. Vintage lipstick holders make really pretty roller bottle holders too! I keep my eye out for affordable storage solutions at our local stores but etsy is also a great place to search for oil storage ideas!

i hope this gives you some great oily station ideas and that it inspires you to pull your oils out and put them where you can see um!

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