Disclaimer: I am sharing my own personal experience, but I am NOT offering medical advice of any sort. PLEASE take great care when deciding whether or not to ingest essential oils, and if you decide to do so, carefully research the brand you choose. 98% of essential oils on the market are not safe to be ingested. Please consult your physician should you have any questions or concerns. Essential oils have not been tested by the FDA.
I can’t believe that it was almost exactly a year ago today that I ordered my premium starter kit (February 4th, 2014). I was SO excited after hearing great things from my friend Kayla about what the oils were doing for her family. But I had buyer’s remorse a mere 30 minutes after placing my order. You can read all about my journey into essential oils as a skeptic if you want the details!
But of course, once I started using the oils I was blown away by how supportive they can be in my quest for wellness. And now, a year later, Young Living products are a vital part of my day, throughout the day! While I have over 61 oils and several different oil-related products that I reach for from time to time, I thought I’d give you a glimpse into a typical day in my life and the role YL products play in it. Here we go!
I’m up long before the sun so that I can get some writing done while the house is still quiet. I am an iced coffee addict, but for the benefit of my body, I have to drink a glass of water before I get my first cup. You best believe that I drink that glass of water quickly! I love to put 1 drop of lime essential oil into it because it tastes FANTASTIC. I took this photo later in the day because I actually will add lime or some sort of citrus oil to my water throughout the day. But lime is always the one I start with for some reason!
After my shower, I lather on the moisturizer, as I have very dry skin. I add 2 drops of Essential Beauty Serum to my favorite moisturizer and I can really tell a difference in how well everything seems to soak in. I’ve always loved Olay products and found them to be effective, but my Young Living Essential Beauty Serum kicks it up another notch!
I need to make sure that my morning shower wasn’t pointless, so it’s time to reach for deodorant! We have gone through countless different types of deodorant in our home trying to find one that doesn’t cause Tim’s skin to break out. My body is not as sensitive, but watching what so many deodorants do to his skin has made me question if I want that stuff on my skin, too! I’m pleased to say that we have NO problems with the Young Living deodorant line!
Time to get some good stuff flowing throughout my body! Right after I eat breakfast, I take a Life 5 pill from Young Living. This is a powerfully effective probiotic, and probiotics are so good for you for so many different reasons. I especially love that this particular probiotic contains 2 super strains that enhance colonization of good bacteria up to 10 times. I wash it down with approximately 1 ounce of Ningxia Red. To call this drink an antioxidant superstar is one heck of an understatement. One ounce of Ningxia Red contains the same amount of antioxidants as 10.85 pounds of spinach. BOOM!
Time for my weight loss trio! I take a pill made of lemon, peppermint and grapefruit essential oils, as well as coconut oil. I have found this, especially when combined with a healthy diet and exercise, to be really helpful to me to keep the cravings in check and to increase energetic feelings! You can read more about using essential oils for weight loss if you are interested!
The girls are now at school, Tim is off to work and now it is time for me to sit back down at the computer and get some work done. I always diffuse something during my morning work sessions. Exactly what I pick just depends on my mood and the type of work I need to accomplish. Today I’ve got to do some serious thinking and some writing, so Clarity is what I’m diffusing to help reduce brain fog. For me, it really helps!
Since the beginning of January, I’ve been going to the gym a whopping 6 times each week. Most days I’m there from 11-11:45 to get in a workout before I pick up my youngest from school. To help me power through my workout, I put a dab of En-R-Gee behind each ear and a dab on my chest. I’ve forgotten to use it a few times, and I can most definitely tell a difference in my stamina on those days when I forget it!
After we have lunch and a bit of play time, it is time for Layah to take a nap. I’ve actually “rebranded” nap time as quiet time, since she doesn’t always sleep. But I do always diffuse a bit of lavender for her, because it helps to promote a relaxed feeling. She sleeps more often than not when I use lavender, and even when she doesn’t sleep, if I have this diffusing she tends to be cooperative and plays quietly.
After both girls are home from school, it’s video and snack time for them, and cleaning time for me! I usually run a load of dishes and do a bit of vacuuming. Since we live in a small home and have 2 indoor only cats, I also run Purification frequently to help eliminate odors (including the ones that our own noses get used to, such as the cats). It makes such a huge difference because it doesn’t mask the odors, it eliminates them! I’ve also been known to make good use of Purification if I accidentally burn dinner while cooking it. This happens most frequently when I’m trying to cook and get caught up on the latest My Little Pony episode at the same time (What? It’s a really cool show!).
My girls wake up early. They always have, and it really doesn’t matter what time they go to bed (trust me, I’ve tested and tested and tested again!). So we try to have them in bed no later than 7:00 PM so that they can get the amount of sleep their growing bodies need. After bath time and just before story time, they each get sleepy time cream on the bottoms of their feet (recipe forthcoming in a blog post!). The cream contains Lavender, Cedarwood, and Peace & Calming. It does an AMAZING job of winding everyone down for the evening.
It’s almost time for me to go to bed since I’ll be up again at 4:00 AM. So now it’s time for me to put my all-time favorite oil in the diffuser by my bed. This is Dream Catcher and this oil blend helps me experience relaxation in a way that I haven’t experienced since before I had kids. Do you remember pre-kids sleep, friends? It was glorious, because it was uninterrupted. You got to get through your REM cycles and wake up feeling refreshed. I feel refreshed when I wake up after using Dream Catcher. I call my bottle of Dream Catcher “my precious.” If you are experiencing occasional restlessness I can’t say enough great things about this oil blend.
While tomorrow’s use of essential oils may look a little different, this gives you a general idea of how Young Living and its amazing product line is part of my day! Questions? Leave me a comment! And if you are ready to welcome Young Living essential oils into your life, I’d love to be part of that journey with you! Here’s more information on how to join Young Living. And of course, you can always message me with your questions!