“List”en To Me…Top 5 Reasons To Use Essential Oils

We’ve reached another week, which means another Top 5!  I LOVE sharing my knowledge of essential oils as you can read HERE and HERE.  However, as excited as I am about them, I realized that to most people this is something very new and unfamiliar.  Even though essential oils have been around for thousands of years (I’m talking biblical times) in the past twenty years they have gone from only hippies would use them to being mainstream.  So, this week we are going to focus on the reasons to use them in the first place. Here it goes…

Top 5 Reasons To Use Essential Oils

1. Alternative To Conventional Medicine – This was my main reason to take the leap.  I’d been researching essential oils for over a year, since before getting pregnant.  Then after giving birth to my daughter the thought of polluting her newly formed body with medicine was just not an option. During that first year we went without any bouts of sickness however, on her first birthday it finally hit, we had a full on post nasal drip commonly known as a COLD, what????  That is when I finally put these Young Living essential oils to the test.  We used Thieves, Lavender and Eucalyptus and were given specific instructions of how to use them on a baby/toddler.  We waited patiently and within five days she was back to her regular healthy self.  Did it take longer for her to heal?  Absolutely, that is usually the case with any natural alternative options.  However, I had such peace of mind knowing that the oils were working in conjunction with the body to build up her immune system without ever worrying about side effects.  On that note, I always recommend reading and applying the safety guidelines for these essential oils which you can read about HERE.  Additionally, we have used Young Living essential oils for allergies, headache, upset stomach, cuts/bruises, in-grown nails, sinus congestion, diaper rash, the list goes on and on.  Now these conditions are fairly common, however, Young Living essential oils have been used in the treatment of several other conditions such as ADHD, autism, depression, Parkinson’s, PTSD and even cancer.

2. Physiological and Psychological – Now this is interesting…when essential oils are inhaled the molecules hit the brain which can instantly change your emotional state – your thought process, your mood, your attitude. As I am not an expert when it comes to the science behind it all, below is a graphic that explains how it works.  I have used Joy, Peace & Calming and Oola Balance with great success when needing to boost or adjust my emotional state, alleviate stress or reduce anxiety.


3.  Skin Rejuvenation – Don’t we all want glowing, healthy skin?!  We have to remember that as we age so does our skin, it’s a fact that wrinkles will inevitably happen.  However, there are several other skin conditions that we may come across as well, such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, acne, sun damage, even skin cancer.  For my dry, olive skin type, in the last ten years, I have encountered small bouts of acne, dry patches, broken capillaries on the cheeks and early on set rosacea from sun damage.  I had tried literally every product on the market from conventional to organic brands which led me to Ava Anderson Non-Toxic, which is safe, effective with no harmful chemicals or toxins.  Then when I started using Young Living essential oils and researched their healing benefits for the conditions listed above I was excited to put them to the test and incorporate them into my skin care regimen.  I currently use Frankincense for the brown spots and sun damage, applying this topically neat (no carrier oil) before moisturizing.  I then put a drop in my moisturizer before applying to my face. There has been a significant decrease in the color of the age spots, amazing results.  I also use Purification for acne breakouts & itching, applying this topically neat (no carrier oil).  The next morning the breakouts are gone and my face feels soft and smooth.

4. Pain Relief – From backaches, to broken bones, to sore joints, to headaches we have all experienced some form of physical pain.  Personally, I had a spinal fusion when I was twelve years old due to scoliosis.  My entire thoracic section of my spine is fused together with bars and wires.  Due to this, my neck and lower back have to work over time to compensate for that area.  Now my first line of defense when I feel aches and pain coming on is to exercise or walk, because for the body to stay fluid it needs to be stretched and moved, in addition to using cold packs to reduce the inflammation.  My next line of defense is my pain cream made with Young Living essential oils!!!  Let’s review the ingredients – 1/2 cup coconut oil, 15 drops of Valor, 10 drops of PanAway, 10 drops of Peppermint, 10 drops of Copaiba, then sometimes I’ll add Lavender or Stress Away.  I apply to the areas of pain, then apply it to the soles of feet for the specific location of pain as seen in the Vita-Flex chart below.  Not only do I sleep like a baby, I wake up feeling no pain and refreshed.  This pain cream has worked so well for me that I have given it to family and friends and they too have seen results.


5. Household Cleaners & Repellents – When was the last time you looked at the ingredients list on the back of your glass cleaner? Laundry detergent? Hand soap? Bug repellent?  Nine times out of ten the answer I get is NEVER!  I encourage you right now to go under your sink, in your laundry room and anywhere you keep these items and scan through that ingredient list.  Can you pronounce even one of the words listed other than water?  Do you know what those big words mean?  Most will likely be chemicals, irritants, carcinogens, essentially bad stuff that our bodies shouldn’t be exposed to.  When I first did this, I basically threw away everything under my sink!  Then when I got my oils from Young Living I figured out that the following oils could be used to make my own.  The first oil is Thieves since this oil is a blend of several oils that are considered to have antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral and anti-infectious properties.  This can be used for cleaners, wipes, soap & hand sanitizer.  The next oil was Purification which is also a blend of oils that can neutralize odors, disinfect and soothe.  This can be used in cleaners and bug repellent.

Are you ready to take the leap now?  Hopefully my list has shown you how they can have an amazing, healthy impact on your life.  If you’d like more information on Young Living and/or how to become a Distributor (discounted oils and shipping) click HERE.

Remember you design your days, so make each one count!


If you are new to essential oils what are the reasons that you would start using them?  I’d love to hear your stories and feedback in the comments below.


Reference: Essential Oils Pocket Reference, Fifth Edition – May 2011 – Life Science Publishing

Disclaimer: The information shared with you is based on life experience, facts and research.  As I am not a doctor, I advise you to consult with your physician when it comes to information listed above as it is not intended to diagnose, prevent or cure any sickness or disease.  Additionally, I will not be held liable for any loss or damages.  Thank you!

“List”en To Me…Top 5 Essential Oils – Blends

Ahhhhhhhh, another glorious week is here and the hot topic of conversation is yet again – essential oils.  However this week we will focus on blends.  If for some odd reason you missed my outstanding post from last week about essential oil basics and my top 5 essential oils – singles, you can read it HERE.

What exactly are blends?  Here is the technical terminology taken from the Essential Oils Pocket Reference (which by the way every person should own if using Young Living essential oils!)  – “…blends that were formulated after years of research for both physical and emotional health. Each of these blends is formulated to maximize the synergistic effect between various oils chemistries and harmonic frequencies. When chemistry and frequency coincide, noticeable physical, spiritual, and emotional benefits can be attained.”  That pretty much sums it up, I couldn’t have said it better myself.  So, let’s get on to my list…

My Top 5 Essential Oils – Blends

1. Stress Away – Ok, who here deals with stress on a DAILY basis????  If it’s not work, it’s the family or the dog or the people you drive behind or the clerk in the grocery store and on and on.  Well, this blend is known to bring peace and tranquility, it relieves everyday stress and promotes relaxation.  It can be used by adults and children.

Now the important part, what’s in it?  Copaiba (Copaifera reticulata), Lime (Citrus aurantifolia), Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica), Vanilla (Vanilla planifolia), Ocotea (Ocotea quixos), Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

Our family diffuses it so we take it in aromatically (sometimes kick it up a notch with some drops of lavender added), mostly in the evening and sometimes during the day.  Absolutely the most heavenly smell to it!  We also us it topically for back pain, headaches and on temples and back of neck to relieve stress.  Click HERE for more info.

2. Purification – It cleanses, it neutralizes, it disinfects, its just downright AWESOME!  This blend is versatile as it can be used on the body or for the household. From cuts and bug bites, to mildew and offensive odors, this blend can take care of it.  It can be used by adults and children.

Now the important part, what’s in it?  Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus), lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Melaleuca (Melaleuca alternifolia) lavandin (Lavandula x hybrida), and myrtle (Myrtus communis)

Our family uses it topically for glowing skin, acne breakouts and mosquito bites, takes out the itch and reduces the swelling. We diffuse it to clean the air, especially after cooking with strong odors like fish or onion.  Click HERE for more info.

3. Valor – I have to say that this blend is a MUST HAVE!  It is known for its strengthening qualities – balance and alignment as well as increasing positive feelings – courage, confidence, self-esteem.  From back pain and spinal alignment to sleepless nights and snoring to headaches and anxiety, this blend has got you covered. It also has been used in the treatment of ADHD and TMJ. It can be used by adults and children.

Now the important part, what’s in it?  Spruce (Picea mariana), rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora), blue tansy (Tanacetum annuum) and frankincense (Boswellia carteri) in a base of coconut oil

Our family uses it in pain cream and applied directly to the temples and back of neck for headaches.  Click HERE for more info.

4. Thieves – This oil blend has quite the story, dating back to the 15th century. Thieves, who would rob the bodies of the dead, would cover themselves in oils to avoid getting the plaque.  In 1997, researchers studied the effects of these oils and found them to be a killing force against microorganisms.  This blend is known for its antiviral and antibacterial properties. It can be used by adults and children.

Now the important part, what’s in it?  Clove (Syzygium aromaticum), lemon (Citrus limon), cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum), Eucalyptus radiata and rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis CT 1,8 cineol).

Our family diffuses it to clean the air, especially after a sickness. We also apply it topically for colds and coughs. I use it for oil pulling, only one drop is needed.  Additionally, I add a couple drops to my household cleaners to give them an extra boost.  Click HERE for more info.

5. Oola Balance – OO LA LA, this is becoming one of my favorite blends.  The Oola Guys partnered with Young Living to create several essential oils to promote wellness.  This specific blend is emotionally centering and allows you to focus on passions and behaviors.

Now the important part, what’s in it?  Lavender (Lavandula Officinal), Frankincence (Boswellia Carteri), Ocotea (Ocotea Quixos Lauraceae Leaf), Sandalwood (Santalum Album), Ylang Ylang (Cananga Odorata), Orange (Citrus Auranium), Angelica (Angelica Archangelica), Geranium (Pelargonium Graveol), Hyssop (Officinalis), Sage (Lavendulifolia), Spruce (Picea Mariana), Coriander (Coriandrum Sativum), Bergamot (Coumarin Free), Lemon (Citrus Limon), Jasmine (Jasminum Absolute), Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum Nobile), Palmarosa (Cymbopogon Martinii), Rose (Rosa Damascena), Balsam Fir (Abies Balsamea), Myrrh (Commiphora Myrrha), Cistus (Cistus Ladanifer), Spikenard (Nardostachys Jataman), Blue Spruce (Picea Pungens)

Our family diffuses this oil, usually in the evening to eliminate stress and promote relaxation.  Also applied topically to sun damaged/brown spots on the skin.  Click HERE for more info.

As I discussed in my post last week, which you can read HERE, after researching essential oils for over a year, Young Living stood out as the right choice for my family.  I chose them because I truly believe in their quality, 100% pure using the Seed to Seal process.  I believe you get what you pay for in life and knowing that I use these for health related purposes, as you can see from above, I only wanted to use the best.  Additionally, since being part of the Young Living family it goes much deeper than that.  I have met some amazing and inspiring women, helped family and friends treat problems and conditions and I’ve heard testimonies on everything from weight loss, ADHD/ADD, autism, parkinsons, cancer and PTSD.  Remarkable stories.  In future posts we’ll talk more about specific conditions, disorders and diseases.

If these oils listed above are something you want to try, I highly recommend becoming a Young Living Distributor.  Not only do you get 24% off the price listed on the website, you also can earn points towards more oils and get discounted shipping.  On top of that four out of five of these come in the Premium Kit which is where you get the most bang for your buck as there are ten oils offered in this kit!  Click HERE to start the process!

Remember you design your days, so make each one count!


Do you have a favorite essential oil blend?  If so, what do you use it for?  I’d love to hear your stories and feedback in the comments below.


Reference: Essential Oils Pocket Reference, Fifth Edition – May 2011 – Life Science Publishing

Disclaimer: The information shared with you is based on life experience, facts and research.  As I am not a doctor, nor play one on TV, I advise you to consult with your physician when it comes to information listed above as it is not intended to diagnose, prevent or cure any sickness or disease.  Additionally, I will not be held liable for any loss or damages.  Thank you!

Let’s Get Personal… Holistic Health – Where Do You Start?

I bet if you read my post earlier this week (if you didn’t click HERE) you thought “hey I could at least start with one of those options” or maybe it was “I’m ready to transform my lifestyle completely” either way when you are ready to make some changes, where do you start?

First, let me tell you a little bit about my journey to a more holistic lifestyle.  It was 2008, we were living in Northern California, we had just gotten married the year before and had decided it was time to think about starting a family.  Of course to do this I had to stop taking the birth control pills I was prescribed, little did I know what was about to happen to my life.  From the very day I stopped taking them, my body, my hormones went completely out of whack.  There was a constant (talking 24/7) headache at the top of my head, as if someone was pressing down in one spot.  My appetite was gone, I had mood swings, anxiety attacks, sleepless nights, night sweats, it was awful.  Worst of all I was exhausted EVERY.SINGLE.DAY!   I was getting cluster headaches behind my right eye and had a CT scan to rule out clots/tumors and the anxiety attacks got so bad that I could barely breathe and requested that the doctor give me a chest x-ray, which he knew wasn’t needed but I swore something more serious was happening.  The doctor said that my body would need time to adjust but for me this lasted a very long time, almost a year.  When you feel bad enough you will do just about anything to just have one good day.  So that is when I knew I had to switch gears.  It was time to take inventory of every area of my life.

I started with the food, boxes of processed food were thrown out, soda was thrown out, microwave was thrown out (really haven’t personally used one since), and no more dairy!  Only whole food – fruits, veggies and meat were on the menu for food to eat.  I limited my sugar intake and double filtered my water.  I started reading ingredients and researching what was in our foods.  I was shocked and was sure that this change was the right path for me.

Next was getting more exercise, getting outside, biking, running, hitting golf balls especially since we lived right next to the Bay with beautiful weather, great scenery and a par 3 course.

During this time I also researched about medications and their effects.  I wanted to understand what exactly the birth control medicine had done to me.  Also with the anxiety attacks the doctor had wanted to prescribe me drugs but I wouldn’t take them, it was a temporary fix not a permanent solution.  This is when I started visiting a holistic practitioner and seeing the physical therapist as well.  I learned about herbs and homeopathic medicines as an option instead of the conventional medicines.

Lastly, I knew my spiritual walk had been put on the back burner, so out came the bible, biblically based podcasts and lots of prayer.  I knew that I had to give God my problems not solve them on my own.  “The human spirit can endure in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?” Proverbs 18:14

Within a month I started to feel much better. By eliminating foods (processed, sugar, soda, etc..) I was detoxifying my system (which I initially felt worse before I felt better), then add in the exercise and my energy level was back up.  My hormones had finally leveled out.  The headaches stopped, I was sleeping better, the anxiety was gone, my appetite was back…YAHOO!!!

Since then I have maintained this lifestyle, the healthy eating, exercising (mostly walking), using homeopathic medicine and seeing the chiropractor.  I’ve also added in essential oils, oil pulling (for another blog post), drinking kombucha & raw milk (again another blog post to come), it just gets crunchier!  Oh, did I mention that after all that we did get pregnant and yes, I had a beautiful baby girl, such a miracle.  Now as awesome as all this is, there are days when I may take a few steps back, eat bagels & ice cream (not together), not get out for a walk, but I’m good with that, I’m only human 🙂

Phewwww, did you get all that?  Not expecting a story like that, right?  Now back to my original question…when it comes to holistic health, where do YOU start?

1. Take inventory of your life. What area do you want to work on…is it food? exercise? health related? environmental?  It could be a combination of things, however, I would recommend taking one area at a time, baby steps.

2. WRITE IT DOWN ON PAPER.  When we write it down it becomes real.  Write it on a post it note and put it on your bathroom mirror or on your computer where you can be reminded all the time.

3. Research – whether by book, internet or an actual conversation with someone who has either experienced what you’re going through or what you are looking to achieve. Below are links to books and websites that have helped me in my journey for a healthier holistic lifestyle.

4. Ever hear that saying that “knowledge is power”?  Well it’s really what we do with that knowledge that ultimately makes the difference.  You have to put your plan (or in this case area of interest) into action.  Again, take it one step at a time and I’m sure you will make some great changes!

Remember you design your days, so make each one count!


Whose ready to make some changes to their lifestyle?  What area would you focus on first or are you already changing?  Comments and feedback can be posted below.


Links to Books, Movies, People & Websites:

– Book: The Bible

– Book: You Are What You Eat by Gillian McKeith

– Book: Ultrametabolism by Dr. Mark Hyman

– Book: The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, Jacob Gould Schurman & Thomas M. Campbell II

– Movie: Food Inc.

– Movie: Forks Over Knives

– Movie: Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

– Person: Camille Vardy, L.Ac., DNBAO – My holistic practitioner in California, her website is full of information

– Person: Diane Sanfilippo – Nutrition Consultant & Author

– Website: Food Combining

– Website: Young Living Essential Oils