Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Budget Bug Repellent Spray


This past week, I was shopping at my local organic and health food store and noticed an elaborate display for bug repellent sprays and creams. I am sure they all smelled wonderful, but the prices weren't too exciting. Most of them were around $10 for just 2 to 3 ounces of liquid. I went home to figure out how much I am saving by making my own bug repellent spray. I came up with the recipe below and, after doing the math (how much each 15ml essential oil bottle costs wholesale, how much per drop of the roughly 300 drops in each bottle), I calculated that my 1 ounce bug repellent spray came out to $2.40! Even if I doubled it, it would still be super cheap: $4.80! This is a great way to keep on budget, but still have a high quality product.

Purification is a blend of Citronella, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Myrtle, Lavandin, and Melaleuca. It is widely know that Citronella is an insect deterrent and a good sanitizer and deodorizer of surfaces. It can even be combined with Cedarwood to enhance its effect. The other oils in this blend are very purifying  and cleansing to the skin which makes them safe and gentle to use. Peppermint and Clove are also known as oils for deterring bugs and the Peppermint gives a great cooling sensation to your skin.

Budget Bug Repellent Spray

1 oz. spray bottle
1/4 tsp Epsom Salts
20 Drops Purification
10 Drops Clove
10 Drops Peppermint

First, place the Epsom salts in the bottle and drop the essential oils over it so that it soaks in the oils. Then, fill the bottle with distilled/purified water and you are good to go! When I spray this over my arms, legs, and neck, I usually use my hands to really rub it all around so that I don't miss any spots.

I use this spray whenever I visit my in-laws who live out in the country. During summer evenings, their porch is filled with very large mosquitoes hovering about! I was able to sit outside to enjoy the night air and, although the bugs were flying around, not one of them landed on me. Success!


The great thing about this recipe is that two of the oils (Purification and Peppermint) are included in the starter-kit when you become a Young Living wholesale customer - and a 15ml bottle of Clove is only $15.25 with wholesale pricing!

I only use Young Living therapeutic grade essential oils because of their high purity. Many essential oils on the market today are adulterated and are not put through a Seed to Seal process that Young Living lives by. I highly recommend these essential oils for their outstanding purity and also because, simply put, they really work. I began my journey over two years ago with Young Living EOs and have never looked back. They are remarkable!

To get started using therapeutic grade essential oils for you and your family, I recommend purchasing the Premium Starter Kit! You can begin enjoying wholesale prices AND a large selection of essential oils at the same time. This is a great way to begin incorporating the most versatile essential oils into your daily life. I also personally gift you with an essential oil when you become a wholesale customer under me. It's my way of saying "thank you!" and supporting you in building your own natural medicine cabinet.

By the way, I am not a doctor. I just a woman who uses essential oils in her daily life with family and friends. The information provided on Ancient Essentials is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Essential Oils for Job Interviews

 

We all know that job interviews leave us a nervous wreck. That's where I was last week as I prepared for my first-ever official interview at a nearby elementary school. I knew I was going to need to slather myself in oils to get through it. The essential oils listed below are what I used to calm my racing heart and mind, as well as focus my thoughts.

1. A drop of Valor on bottom of each foot, rub it in gently. Then, place a drop on back of neck. Valor contains Frankincense, Spruce, Blue Tansy, and Rosewood. I usually use this one for back and pain issues, but every now and then I find it incredibly strengthening for emotional purposes.

2. Practice deep, slow, rhythmic breathing as you are applying these oils.

3. Apply some drops of Cedarwood on bottoms of feet and then along your temples. Place a drop in palm of hands and cup them near your nose breathing it in 10 times.

4. Apply a drop of two of Stress Away along neck, temples, and wrists. This blend contains Cedarwood, Lime, Vanilla, Lavender, Copaiba, and Ocotea. It is sweet smelling and helps reduce tension.

5. Lastly, place a drop of Lavender on forehead and on wrists.


During the interview, although still naturally nervous, I felt more grounded and clear-headed. I have a habit of needing to fidget when I am wrestling with anxiety. This time, I wasn't fidgeting at all, but I felt relaxed and focused enough to even look the ladies who interviewed me in the eye. I also managed to speak in complete sentences, which is rare for me when I am riddled with nervous energy! These essential oils are definitely in my cabinet for any future interview experiences.

The sense of smell is the only one of our five senses directly linked to the limbic region of our brain, which is our emotional control center. Since this system is directly connected to the parts of the brain that control heart rate, digestion, blood pressure, breathing, stress levels, sexual arousal, and hormone balance, the use of therapeutic grade essential oils in aromatherapy can have profound physiological and psychological effects on our physical and emotional well-being.
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What happens when you’re stressed? There is an actual, measurable, physical response to it. Stress and anxiety are known to sap our energy, affect our skin, aggravate our muscles and nerves, disrupt digestion, affect our sleep, and make us more prone to illness and disease. So, the stress-related health issue you’ve been dealing with isn’t “all in your head.” But what is in your head, along with essential oils, may help you deal with it!
Therapeutic grade essential oils may offer a powerful and safe form of therapy for emotional healing without the dangerous side effects of anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medications.

I only use Young Living therapeutic grade essential oils because of their high purity. Many essential oils on the market today are adulterated and are not put through a Seed to Seal process that Young Living lives by. I highly recommend these essential oils for their outstanding purity and also because, simply put, they really work. I began my journey over two years ago with Young Living EOs and have never looked back. They are remarkable!

To get started using therapeutic grade essential oils for you and your family, I recommend purchasing the Premium Starter Kit! You can begin enjoying wholesale prices AND a large selection of essential oils at the same time. This is a great way to begin incorporating the most versatile essential oils into your daily life. I also personally gift you with an essential oil when you become a wholesale customer under me. It's my way of saying "thank you!" and supporting you in building your own natural medicine cabinet.

By the way, I am not a doctor. I just a woman who uses essential oils in her daily life with family and friends. The information provided on Ancient Essentials is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Deep Sleep Essential Oil Protocol



Sleep seems to be hard to acquire nowadays with busy schedules, long hours, and mental exhaustion. When the body is in the fight or flight mode during seasons of stress, it is even more difficult to encourage our bodies to relax and sleep deeply. It is struggle my husband and I have known all too well. Along with making sure we are settling into bed at an early hour and shutting off phones and the computer, we found this deep sleep protocol to be incredibly effective in helping us settle in for the night. 



Peace & Calming diffused in a cold-air home diffuser, usually about 12-15 drops. The sweet and citrusy aroma of this blend immediately relaxes me and helps me prepare mentally for bedtime. There have been nights when I have completely zonked out just from diffusing this blend and not even having to apply it topically.

Place a drop of Valor on each big toes and then 2-3 drops down the spine. The Frankincense and Rosewood oils in this blend are incredibly grounding and help bring focus to my scattered thoughts from the day.

Rub one drop of Peace and Calming on the bottom of each foot.

Then, put a drop of Cedarwood on bottoms of feet, particularly on both big toes. Continue by placing two drops of the same oil on back of the head. Place a drop on your hand and breathe it in deeply about 10 times. Cedarwood is my go-to oil for emotional support. It contains the highest amount of compounds known as sesquiterpenes, which promotes circulation and brings oxygen to the cells. There is research about this oil stimulating the limbic region of the brain, the center of emotions, and the pineal gland, which releases melatonin.

Lastly, rub Lavender along the neck, behind ears, and on wrists while breathing it in deeply. The calming properties of Lavender are a great way to finish off the night.


 Keep in mind, essential oils interact differently with each of us and some are more effective than others. For any health condition, there are a dozen or more different essential oils, blends, and protocols that could help for any one of us. In regards to struggles with insomnia and sleep, I could also recommend Vetiver, RutaVala, and Valerian which all offer much support. It just takes applying these oils consistently and a willingness to find the right oil or two that works well for you. 

 I only use Young Living therapeutic grade essential oils because of their high purity. Many essential oils on the market today are adulterated and are not put through a Seed to Seal process that Young Living lives by. I highly recommend these essential oils for their outstanding purity and also because, simply put, they really work. I began my journey over two years ago with Young Living EOs and have never looked back. They are remarkable!

To get started using therapeutic grade essential oils for you and your family, I recommend purchasing the Premium Starter Kit! You can begin enjoying wholesale prices AND a large selection of essential oils at the same time. This is a great way to begin incorporating the most versatile essential oils into your daily life. I also personally gift you with an essential oil when you become a wholesale customer under me. It's my way of saying "thank you!" and supporting you in building your own natural medicine cabinet.

By the way, I am not a doctor. I just a woman who uses essential oils in her daily life with family and friends. The information provided on Ancient Essentials is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.