My Secret to a Good Mood Every Day

My simple secret to being in a good mood, every day! This essential oil "happy protocol" could change your life!

It’s no secret that I love my essential oils. What may not be as obvious is the huge impact these oils have on my mood!

My secret to a good mood is the “Happy” Protocol, as shared by Vicki Opfer.

This protocol was first shared by D. Gary Young, president of Young Living, at a class in Wyoming in 1994, and has been used by thousands of people, since then, to help them live happier lives.

The “Happy” Protocol:

Valor Essential Oil Blend – on the bottoms of the feet, or a single drop on one wrist and hold the other wrist to it for a few moments to balance the entire system.

Joy Essential Oil Blend – a single drop over the heart.

Harmony Essential Oil Blend – a single drop, over the solar plexus area (above the belly button).

White Angelica Essential Oil – a single drop in one hand, rub hands together, and brush over the head, face, chest, shoulders, down the body, right over the clothes, as though applying an angelic shield.

My simple secret to being in a good mood, every day! This essential oil "happy protocol" could change your life!

Spending just 30 seconds to apply these oils each morning has had an amazing impact on the rest of my day!

Want to try these oils for yourself? Click here to learn more about essential oils!

Can you imagine being in a good mood every day? How could such a mood shift affect your family life, friendships, and career? 

Disclaimer: The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

Disclosure: Some of the links in the post above may be affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item (at no extra cost to you), I will receive a commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and/or believe will add value to my readers.

Disclaimer: The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

AMAZING Thieves Kit Giveaway!

Enter to win this AMAZING Thieves Kit Giveaway - $149 value!

I am SO excited about this giveaway! I’ve teamed up with a few friends to bring you this Young Living Thieves Kit Giveaway!

Can I be jealous of my own giveaway? Because, I am.

The Thieves Kit includes:

  • (2) Thieves Household Cleaner
  • (1) 15 ml Thieves Essential Oil Blend
  • (1) Thieves Dentarome Ultra Toothpaste
  • (1) Thieves Fresh Essence Plus Mouthwash
  • (2) Thieves Spray
  • (2) Thieves Hand Purifier
  • (2) Thieves Foaming Hand Soap

I have personally used almost all of these products and love them ALL. We use the Thieves essential oil blend daily to help support our immune systems. We also use the spray and hand purifiers for their germ-killing power when we’re out of the house. The Thieves household cleaner is one of my favorite products and I use it to clean everything in my house – it smells wonderful!

Check out the amazing results from when my friend Amy used the Thieves cleaner to clean her carpet (after several unsuccessful attempts with store-bought cleaners).

All-natural Thieves cleaner removes old set-in carpet stains when traditional carpet cleaners fail!

Pretty amazing, isn’t it?

I love that we’ve been able to switch to these all-natural products and remove the toxins and chemicals from our home without losing out on effective cleaning power.

If you’re not familiar with the benefits of using essential oils, be sure to read more about How I Use Young Living Essential Oils.

To enter to win this collection of Thieves products, you do NOT have to be a member of Young Living. However, I do have a special offer for you if you’ve been considering switching to all-natural therapeutic-grade essential oils. Not only will you get the huge 24% discount by becoming a wholesale member, I am personally going to send you a few fun freebies if you sign up this week! Click here to see all of the free goodies you’ll get if you sign up. If you do sign up, be sure to let me know in the Rafflecopter giveaway below!

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Interested in purchasing these products for yourself? Click here to see how to purchase and get some free goodies as well!

Disclosure: Some of the links in the post above may be affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item (at no extra cost to you), I will receive a commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and/or believe will add value to my readers.

Disclaimer: The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

12 Natural Remedies for Cold and Flu

Fight colds, flu, and other illness naturally with these 12 simple (and mostly FREE) tips!

The key to beating the flu is to not get it in the first place. Easier said than done, right? Here are a few things we try to do all year long, and especially when the flu is going around.

1. Get Plenty of Sleep

This one is pretty obvious and I’m sure you’ve heard it many times, but do you actually take the advice? Sleep is restorative and getting a good amount of sleep at night can make a huge difference in your body’s ability to fight off illness. Research shows that sleep deprivation has the same effect on your immune system as physical stress or disease.1 Having trouble sleeping? Try using a homemade lavender pillow spray.

2. Stay Hydrated

Another obvious one, I realize, but when you take away the cups of coffee, soda, juice, and milk, how many cups of plain water are you drinking each day? Aim for water to make up at least 50% of your beverages each day to keep your body well-hydrated. Drinking plenty of water daily will help to naturally detoxify your body.2

3. Go Outside

Fresh air and sunshine really make a difference. Spending as little as 20 minutes outside each day can boost your vitamin D levels significantly.3

4. Take Vitamin D3

Deficiencies in vitamin D3 are more common in the winter because we spend less time outside. A study in 2010 showed that children taking vitamin D3 were 42% less likely to get the flu.4 Taking 5,000 – 8,000 IUs (for adults, depending on body weight) of vitamin D3 daily could reduce your risk of catching the flu by almost half!5

5. Reduce Stress

The holidays can be a major source of stress, but it’s important to stay calm. Stress can impair the immune system, making you more vulnerable to illness.6 When you feel stressed, take a few minutes to pray, meditate, exercise, take a bath, go for a walk, or do something you enjoy that will bring down your stress levels. Taking just a few minutes to reduce stress now will save you a lot of sick time (and more stress) later!

6. Avoid Sugar

I know. This one’s probably the most difficult, especially with all the holiday goodies tempting us! However, sugar suppresses the immune system, meaning your body’s ability to fight off illness is weakened.7 Sugar can also inhibit absorption of vitamins and minerals!8 Clearly it’s best to avoid sugar as much as possible.

7. Eat Garlic

Fresh garlic is a potent antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal agent. It is also possibly the tastiest item on this list! Studies show that garlic can be effective for preventing common colds and reducing recovery time!9 Eat garlic daily for best results. You can also make a garlic poultice to reduce fevers and ease coughing and congestion.

8. Take Probiotics

Have you heard that your immune system is in your gut? Due in part to the over-prescription of antibiotics, many of us are lacking the good bacteria needed to maintain a healthy gut flora. The good bacteria aid digestion and nutrient absorption and contribute to immune function.10 Probiotics (live bacteria) can be found in many foods like yogurt, kefir, traditionally prepared sauerkraut, and other fermented foods. Since these foods are no longer common in our culture, many people opt to take a probiotic supplement.

9. Take Fermented Cod Liver Oil (FCLO)

I consider Fermented Cod Liver Oil an essential part of our health routine. In addition to being beneficial to your overall health, it is a potent immune system supporter.11 It’s important to choose a high quality FCLO like Green Pasture’s.

10. Use Essential Oils

Essential oils are a must-have in our home. Many essential oils can support the body’s natural defenses. Essential oils that I like to keep on hand: Oregano, Frankincense, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, and Eucalyptus. You can read more about how I use these oils as well as where to get them here: Getting Started with Essential Oils.

11. Take Elderberry Syrup

In 2011, researchers at Justus-Liebig University in Geissen, Germany reported that a concentrated liquid extract of black elderberries inhibited the growth of influenza A and B viruses and bacteria associated with upper respiratory tract infections.12 Elderberry syrup is mild-tasting and inexpensive to purchase, or you can easily make your own elderberry syrup!

12. Exercise

Regular exercise may also be helpful for cold and flu prevention, according to a study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.13 Researchers aren’t sure yet why it is effective, but it might be because it reduces stress, improves sleep, and typically involves going outdoors (coincidentally all items on this list)! These are the remedies and preventative measures that our family takes to prevent cold and flu.

Do you have any others you would add to the list?

Disclaimer: The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

Sources 1. Links Between Immune Function and Sleep 2. How Drinking Spring or Filtered Water Can Improve Your Health 3. How Much Sunshine Does it Take to Make Enough Vitamin D? 4. Randomized trial of vitamin D supplementation to prevent seasonal influenza A in schoolchildren 5. Study Shows Vitamin D Cuts Flu by Nearly 50% 6. More Evidence That Stress is Major Factor for Infections 7. Eating Sugar Suppresses the Immune System 8. Dietary Fructose Inhibits Intestinal Calcium Absorption and Induces Vitamin D Insufficiency in CKD 9. Preventing the Common Cold with a Garlic Supplement: a Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Survey 10. Health Benefits of Taking Probiotics 11. FAQs: All About Fermented Cod Liver Oil and Why I Don’t Take Fish Oil 12. New Research On Black Elderberries Shows Activity Against Flu Viruses And Respiratory Tract Bacteria 13. Can exercise and meditation prevent cold and flu?

Disclosure: Some of the links in the post above may be affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item (at no extra cost to you), I will receive a commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and/or believe will add value to my readers.

Disclaimer: The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

A Day in the Life of an Oiler

 Day In the life of an Oiler | How I use Young Living essential oils in a typical day.

If you’re visiting here after reading about Amy’s “day in the life” – welcome; I’m glad you’re here!

I’m so excited to be participating in “A Day in the Life of an Oiler” series along with 19 other bloggers this week! We’re all sharing how we use oils in a typical day and what I love most is that everyone’s day looks very different! It’s all about making essential oils work for you and your family!

If you’re following me on Instagram then you may already have an idea of how my “day in the life” went since I shared quite a few pictures there. I’m so glad I chose the day that I did – it was a perfectly “ordinary” day so you’ll be getting a true glimpse of how we use oils on a daily basis.

My Oily Day in the Life

Day In the life of an Oiler | How I use Young Living essential oils in a typical day.

In the mornings I apply  my “perfume” – I rub Valor essential oil on my wrists and a drop of Joy essential oil over my heart. Not only do I absolutely love how these oils smell (Valor is actually my favorite scent of all the oils I’ve tried so far!), but I love how they make me feel. This oil combo really sets me up for a good and joyful start to my day. Sometimes I reapply in the afternoon.

Day In the life of an Oiler | How I use Young Living essential oils in a typical day.

I diffuse essential oils pretty much 24/7. Not only do we get to enjoy the health benefits of the various oils, but it makes my house smell divine! For this day, I chose to diffuse Citrus Fresh essential oil. Citrus Fresh is a relaxing, calming blend of citrus oils (orange, tangerine, mandarin, grapefruit, lemon, and spearmint). It supports the immune system and overall health while bringing about a sense of well-being, creativity, and feelings of joy. It also works as an air purifier! It is definitely one of my favorite oils to diffuse (my kids love it too)! It’s the perfect blend to diffuse while we do our morning school work and I work on my blog.

Day In the life of an Oiler | How I use Young Living essential oils in a typical day.

We had to run a quick errand in the afternoon, so brought along my Thieves hand purifier (I always keep it in my purse). It’s a must-have for my kids because they tend to touch everything.

Day In the life of an Oiler | How I use Young Living essential oils in a typical day.

For our afternoon chores, I used my Thieves household cleaner. I LOVE this stuff. I was so skeptical of it at first because it seemed really expensive ($22 wholesale for 1 bottle of concentrate), but now that I’ve been using it exclusively for 7 months (and I mean I use it to clean everything) and the bottle is not even halfway empty, I’m starting to think it is actually a really good deal! That works out to less than $2 per month for cleaning products. And it really does work great! I use it to clean everything from kitchen counters to toilets to windows to carpet stains; it cleans well and it smells wonderful!

Plus, since it is non-toxic, I’m comfortable with my kids using it! For our afternoon chores, I used my Thieves cleaner to clean my bathroom as well as the kitchen and my son used it to clean the kid’s bathroom.

Day In the life of an Oiler | How I use Young Living essential oils in a typical day.

After dinner it’s bath time! My kids are getting to the age where they prefer showers, but I usually try to get them to take at least one detox bath per week. I just add 1/2 – 1 cup of epsom salts and a few drops of Lavender essential oil to the running bath water and have them soak for about 20 minutes (bonus – they sleep great after this bath).

After baths I rub Thieves essential oil on the bottoms of everyone’s feet before bedtime to help support our immune systems.

Day In the life of an Oiler | How I use Young Living essential oils in a typical day.

We also run our diffusers at night. I have diffusers in each of our bedrooms so we can all benefit from the oils while we sleep. That night I diffused Thieves essential oil for additional immune system support.

Day In the life of an Oiler | How I use Young Living essential oils in a typical day.

After I washed my face I applied some of my homemade face cream that contains coconut oil and Frankincense essential oil. I love using Frankincense on my face at night because it helps reduce the appearance of aging.

Well, that’s it! That is what a typical day of oiling looks like for us.

My one complaint – we didn’t have a single ailment! Not so much as a stubbed toe! While I’m certainly thankful for our good health, I was kind of hoping for an opportunity to show you some of the amazing benefits of oils. So, really quick, here are a few of the “typical” ways that we essential oils:

  • I use Lavender for cuts, scrapes, and burns.
  • I use Purification for itchy bug bites.
  • I rub RC (mixed with coconut oil) on chests for coughing and congestion (works better than vapor rub!).
  • I use Peppermint for occasional headaches (I mix with coconut oil and rub it on my temples, forehead, and back of my neck).
  • I rub either the Deep Relief roll-on or Pan-Away (mixed with coconut oil) on my husband’s back (he has a very physically demanding job).
  • My husband rubs the Breathe Again roll-on at night for help with his occasional sinus issues.

I am always thankful to have these oils on hand for the inevitable illness or injury!

Are you ready to jump in to this wonderful world of caring for yourself and your family naturally with essential oils?? The time is now! Click here to learn more about essential oils or contact the person who introduced you to “A Day in the Life of an Oiler” blog series! :)

Next up is Tina @ Essential Oil Lover!

Be sure to check out the other 19 posts In “A Day In the Life of an Oiler” blogger series.

Disclosure: Some of the links in the post above may be affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item (at no extra cost to you), I will receive a commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and/or believe will add value to my readers.

Disclaimer: The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

DIY Lavender Pillow Mist

Not sleeping well? Try this lavender pillow mist! Lavender essential oil can help you relax and manage stress and frustration.

This lavender pillow spray is so easy to make and smells wonderful! I sleep so well whenever I remember to spray it on my pillow.

Besides smelling wonderful, this spray also has many benefits. Lavender essential oil can help you relax and help manage stress and frustration. (source)

DIY Lavender Pillow Spray

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Add the salt to your bottle then add the essential oil.
  2. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with water.
  3. Shake well before every use!
  4. Spritz your pillow 1-2 times before bedtime.
http://realfoodenthusiast.com/diy-lavender-pillow-mist/

The epsom salt is needed because oil does not mix with water. Without the salt, the oil would just float at the top. If you do not have epsom salts on hand, you could try using witch hazel or vodka.

Sleep well!

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Disclosure: Some of the links in the post above may be affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item (at no extra cost to you), I will receive a commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and/or believe will add value to my readers.

Disclaimer: The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

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