Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier

One of my favorite things to do with Young Living products is give them away!  That being said, this month I ran a special for everyone who joined the An Oil A Day Team!! Anybody who signed up by purchasing a Premium Starter Kit was entered to win a Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier.  Who doesn’t like to win free things!?

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The offer is still available until Sunday at midnight!

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Essential Oil’s and Pregnancy: A brief overview!

I have had many questions recently about the use of essential oils in pregnancy.  I decided it was time to turn to my Quick Reference Guide for Using Essential Oils by Connie and Alan Higley to answer some questions.  Let’s start off with which oils are safe for pregnancy, should be used with caution and which to avoid.

EOs and Pregnancy

Most oils will not cause problems when used correctly, diluted, and in moderation.  It is always recommended talking to your OB or Midwife before using oils in pregnancy.

Now, let’s get into how to use safe oils in pregnancy.

Anxiety/Tension during pregnancy:
Oils to use to relieve anxiety and tension during pregnancy could be Into The Future, helps to let go of fear and trauma; Tranquil Roll-On; Present Time, helps mother focus on giving birth.Into The Future and Present Time should be diffused into the air, inhaled directly, or applied to hands, tissue, or a cotton wick.

Baby (Newborn):
Recipe #1 – Frankincense (1 drop on the crown for protection), myrrh (on remaining umbilical cord and around navel to protect from infection), Valor (1 drop divided between both feet and 1-2 drops rubbed up spine to help ensure proper alignment).

Constipation:
ComforTone can be taken during pregnancy as long as you do not get diarrhea as diarrhea can cause cramping which could bring on labor.  ComforTone is a supplement.

Delivery:
Oils to use during delivery could be Lavender (circulation, stimulating, calming, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic), nutmeg (balances hormones, calms the central nervous system, alleviates anxiety, increases circulation, and does good to the blood supply), Valor (align mothers hips; apply along inside and bottom of each foot; then have someone hold feet – right palm to right foot and left palm to left foot- to balance energy flows), clary sage, Forgiveness, Gentle Baby, Harmony.
Lavender, nutmeg, Forgiveness, Gentle Baby and Harmony should be diffused into the air.  Lavender, nutmeg, and Valor should be diluted as necessary and applied as indicated.
**Caution** Nutmeg is generally nontoxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing.  However, large doses may cause nausea, stupor and tachycardia.  Use in moderation and with great care during pregnancy.

-Avoid Episiotomy:
Recipe – ClaraDerm Spray (spray onto and massage into perineum three times daily), Gentle Baby or geranium (neat or added to olive oil, massage perineum).
Blend – 8 drops geranium, 5 drops lavender, 1 oz V-6 Oil.  Prepare three weeks before delivery, and rub on perineum three times daily.  One week before delivery, prepare the same blend and add 5 drops fennel.  Continue applying three times daily.

-UTERUS
Tone uterus with 1-3 drops of clary sage around ankles (one woman dilated and had her baby in 1 1/2 hours), Dragon Time, fennel, Gathering, sage.

-TRANSITION:
Dilute Basil as necessary and apply 1-2 drops to temples, abdomen, or Vita Flex points on feet.

EARLY LABOR:
Rub Lavender on tummy to help stop early labor.

ENERGY:
Blend – Equal portions of Roman chamomile, geranium, and lavender in V-6 Oil.

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE:
**High blood pressure can potentially be dangerous in pregnancy.  High blood pressure can cause a decreased flow of blood to the placenta, slowing down the baby’s growth; premature placenta separation from the uterus, taking away the baby’s oxygen and nutrients and causing heavy bleeding in the mother; premature birth; and the risk of future disease.
Oils to use to help prevent high blood pressure could be Aroma Life (over the heart) and ylang ylang.
Avoid using hyssop, rosemary, sage, thyme, and possibly peppermint.

KEEP BABY IN BIRTH CANAL:
The blend Gentle Baby could be used to keep the baby in the birth canal.  One mother would rub Gentle Baby on her little fingers and little toes when contracting.  Then she would squeeze the sides of her little fingers while someon elese squeezed her little toes.  This was repeated during contractions until the baby decided to stay in the birth canal.

LABOR (DURING):
Oils that could be used during labor are Clary sage (kick labor into gear, some have combined with fennel), Gentle Baby (apply to ankles and hands when labor starts), Into The Future (to help move past fear and trauma), Into The Future (to help move past fear and trauma), jasmine (speed up contractions), Present Time (to help focus).
Blend – use only when ready to deliver. 2 oz. V-6 Oil, 8 drops clary sage, 8 drops lavender, 8 drops jasmine.  May be useful when trying to induce labor or augment a slow, lazy labor.

PAIN:
Apply PanAway to lower back and tummy area to help manage pain.

LABOR (POST):
Oils that could be used after labor are Geranium and lavender.  *Lavender has a calming effect and a slight analgesic effect.  It also stimulates circulation, which is great for both mother and baby, and has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.  Geranium is one of the best oils to stimulate circulation, which in turn facilitates easy breathing.  It has a contractive effect and helps pull together dilated tissues, so it is healing for the uterus and endometrium after the birth.  Geranium is also an antidepressant and is known for its uplifting effect.

MASTITIS:

Fight Mastitis with Lavender and Tangerine

MISCARRIAGE (AFTER):
Oils to use would be Frankincense, grapefruit, geranium, lavender (may help prevent), Roman chamomile, spruce (two drops on solar plexus).

MORNING SICKNESS:
Ginger can be taken internally, as directed, to help fight off morning sickness.  Ginger, peppermint, calamus, and M-Grain can be inhaled directly or diluted as necessary and applied topically (behind ears, down jaw bone, over stomach as a compress, and on Vita Flex points on feet) to also help fight off morning sickness

Recipe – 4-6 drops of spearmint in a bowl of boiled and cooled water and place the bowl on the floor beside the bed at night to help keep the stomach calm.

NURSING/LACTATION
Oils related to nursing and lactation are clary sage (brings in milk production), fennel or basil (increases milk production), geranium.

Boost Milk Supply with Basil and Fennel

DECREASE MILK PRODUCTION:
To decrease milk production apply a cold compress, using peppermint and/or jasmine, over breasts.

PLACENTA:
Basil (has been used to help retain) and jasmine (helps expulstion) can both be diluted as necessary and applied on lower abdomen and on Vita Flex points on the feet.

POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION:
The following oils can be diffused into the air or diluted as necessary and applied to the temple or forehead: Joy, lavender, lemon, grapefruit, Peace & Calming, Hope, Valor, basil, bergamont, clary sage, fennel, frankincense, geranium, Gentle Baby, Harmony, jasmine, myrrh, nutmeg (use in moderation), orange, patchouli, vetiver, White Angelica.

Recipe – Valor first (2-5 drops on each foot; hold to balance energies), Harmony (use finger to dab a small amount onto each energy center), Joy (apply a drop between and just above the breasts), White Angelica (on the crown of the head and over the top of the shoulders).

SKIN ELASTICITY:
Aroma Life, Clarity, Dragon Time, Gentle Baby, Mister, M-Grain and Relieve it can all be used to help with skin elasticity.

STRETCH MARKS:
Gentle Baby can be diluted as necessary and applied over the stomach everyday.  ClaraDerm can also be applied topically to stressed skin before and after childbirth.

TOXEMIA/PREECLAMPSIA:
Armoa Life can be diluted with V-6 oil and applied to the bottoms of feet and on abdomen; and also diffused into the air to help keep preeclampsia and toxemia away.

 

*all information was gathered from Quick Reference Guide for Using Essential Oils by Connie and Alan Higley.

 

Statements made on An Oil A Day have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. I share these experiences with you because of the results I’ve had. The statements I make here are in regards to Young Living essential oils only.

Uses for Young Living Joy Essential Oil

Joy is an uplifting blend of 10 oils.  Bergamont, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Rosewood, Lemon, Mandarin, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Palmarosa, and Rose.  This powerhouse of oils is anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-depressant, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-spasmodic, anti-hemorrhaging, sedative, and aphrodisiac.  It is a luxuriously exotic blend with stimulating overtones that create magnetic energy and bring joy to the heart. Joy can exude an alluring and irresistible fragrance that inspires romance and togetherness.

Uses of Joy EO

  1. Quick Uplift – Put 1-2 drops of Joy on a tissue or in the palm of your hand and inhale to lift your spirits and release negative emotions. Or wear a drop on your heart or tip of your nose for the same thing. Diffuse in the home to give everyone a happy boost.
  2. Floor Freshener – Put 2-3 drops of Joy on a cotton ball and place inside the canister of your vacuum cleaner. Sprinkle a few drops onto a rag and wipe down the hard floors in your home.
  3. Mood-Boosting Bath – Use several drops of Joy in your bathwater (better yet, pre-mixed Epsom Salts or Young Living’s Bath Gel Base) to boost your mood, clear your mind, and calm stress.
  4. Blood Circulation – Rub a drop or two “neat” on areas of poor circulation to improve blood flow.
  5. Anxiety – Use a drop on wrists, neck, heart, or feet to help reduce irritability and nervous tension.
  6. Laundry Fragrance – Place 2 drops on a cloth and place in the dryer for great-smelling clothes.
  7. Perfumed Deodorant – Mix in a small jar: 2 oz corn starch, 1 oz baking soda, 5 drops of Joy.  Apply to underarms instead of traditional deodorant.
  8. Massage – Dilute 10-12 drops in 2 oz of massage oil for energizing and romantic massage.
  9. Scented Body Lotion – Stir a few drops into plain lotion for a joyful addition to your daily beauty regimen.
  10. Menstrual Cramps – Massage a few drops on abdomen to relieve menstrual cramping.
  11. Blood Pressure – Joy may lower blood pressure, especially when stress-induced. Rub on wrists, forearms, neck, and heart.
  12. Postpartum Depression – Apply Joy topically or diffuse and breathe to relieve symptoms of postpartum depression.
  13. Lower Back Pain – Rub a few drops of Joy onto your lower back daily to relieve lower back pain.
  14. Scented Stationary – Sprinkle Joy on note cards and letters to make a lovely scented stationery that lifts others’ spirits, too.
  15. Car Air Freshener – Place Joy on a cotton ball into the air vents of your car or mix with water in a spray bottle and spritz the inside of your vehicle for happy family road trips.
  16. Libido – Joy can boost a low sex drive. Diffuse and apply topically.
  17. Headaches – Use a few drops of Joy on temples and breathe deeply for emotional headaches.
  18. Mood Swings – Rub a drop of Joy over the heart and on the bottom of each foot to relieve feelings of frustration or depression and to prevent mood swings.

 

Statements made on An Oil A Day have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. I share these experiences with you because of the results I’ve had. The statements I make here are in regards to Young Living essential oils only.

Uses for Young Living Peace and Calming Essential Oil

Peace & Calming is a gentle blend of Tangerine, Orange, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, and Blue Tansy oils.  Originally designed for diffusing, the uses for Peace & Calming have expanded.  It can be used topically (and in a diffuser) to promote relaxation and a deep sense of peace.  It helps to calm tension and lift spirits.

Uses of Peace and Calming EO

 

  1. Sleep – Rub 1-2 drops of Peace & Calming on the bottom of the feet and on the shoulders before bedtime to get good quality sleep.
  2. Overactive Children – Diffuse Peace & Calming in the room to calm active or hard to manage children.
  3. Relaxing Massage – Mix Peace & Calming with massage oil for a relaxing massage.
  4. Bathing – Put Peace & Calming mixed with bath gel base or Epsom salts in warm water for a relaxing bath.
  5. Teeth Grinding – Diffuse Peace & Calming while sleeping to help stop nocturnal teeth grinding.

 

Statements made on An Oil A Day have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. I share these experiences with you because of the results I’ve had. The statements I make here are in regards to Young Living essential oils only.

Uses of Young Living Purification Essential Oil

Purification is an antiseptic blend of Citronella, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Melaleuca, Lavandin, and Myrtle oils.  It was formulated for diffusing to purify and cleanse the air and neutralize mildew, cigarette smoke, and disagreeable odors.

Uses of Purification EO

  1. Air Purifier & Freshener – Diffuse Purification to clean the air and neutralize foul or stale odors. If no diffuser is available, mix several drops of Purification with a carrier oil and soak cotton balls or tissues to place in the air vents of the home, office, car, hotel room, etc.
  2. Personal Air Purifier – When traveling – or in crowded, germ-infested spaces – rub a few drops of Purification in your palms and cover your nose and mouth to inhale. It will protect from pathogens found in recycled air.
  3. Insect Bites – Put a drop of Purification on insect bites to stop the itching.
  4. Skin Blemishes – Apply a drop of Purification on blemishes to clear the skin.
  5. Sore Throat – Rub a drop on the outside of a sore throat when its first beginning.
  6. Blisters – A drop of Purification on a blister will cleanse and disinfect it.
  7. Tennis Shoe Odors – Put 2 drops of Purification on each end of a cotton swab and place it on top of a cool mist humidifier to clean the air.
  8. Humidifier – Place a drop of Purification on each end of a cotton swab and place it on top of a cool mist humidifier to clean the air.
  9. Flu – Dilute Purification with a carrier oil and swab the nasal cavity to ward off the flu.
  10. Insect Repellant – Spritz several drops of Purification mixed with water to repel insects.
  11. Cat & Dog Ear Mites – Apply Purification and Peppermint diluted in carrier oil to a cotton swab and rub just inside the ear to eliminate ear mites.

 

Statements made on An Oil A Day have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. I share these experiences with you because of the results I’ve had. The statements I make here are in regards to Young Living essential oils only.

Uses of Young Living Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon has antiseptic like properties and contains compounds that have been studied for their effects on immune function.  Lemon can do anything from house cleaning to liver detoxing.  Lemon eats away at petrochemicals, so use a glass cup when drinking it in water.

Photo sensitivity Caution: Citrus oils should not be applied to skin that will be exposed to direct sunlight or ultraviolet light within 72 hours.

Uses of Lemon EO

  1. Air Freshener – Put 6 drops of Lemon and 6 drops of Purification in a spray bottle filled with water to use in bathrooms as an air freshener.
  2. Sticky Residue – Use 1-2 drops of Lemon to remove residue from chewing gum, oil, grease spots, or crayons.
  3. Varicose Veins – Rub several drops of Lemon on varicose veins to improve circulation and relieve pressure on the veins.
  4. Lemonade – In a blender, mix 2 drops of Lemon, 2bsp of honey, and 2 cups of water. Adjust to suit your own taste. Serve chilled.
  5. Drinking Water – Drink an 8 oz glass of water with 1-2 drops of Lemon in it daily to detox the liver, to balance the body’s PH, to help with gallstones, constipation, and heartburn. Lemon can also be dropped in tap water to clean it.
  6. Skin Callouses – Rub a drop of Lemon on a corn, callous, bunion, or wart 2 times a day until it has disappeared.
  7. Fresh Fruit & Vegetables – To clean and increase the shelf life of fresh fruit and vegetables, fill a bowl with cool water and 2-3 drops of Lemon. Drop cleaned fruit into the water and stir around to be sure that all surfaces of the fruit come in contact with the Lemon.
  8. Counter-tops – Add 2-3 drop sof Lemon to water and spray counter-top to sterilize it.
  9. Dishcloths – Soak dishcloths overnight in a bowl of water and a drop of Lemon to disinfect and kill germs.
  10. Public Restrooms – Rub a drop of Lemon on your hands after using a public restroom to disinfect and kill germs.
  11. Studying – Diffusing Lemon or drinking it in water is known to wake up neurons and increase brain function during studying and testing.

 

Statements made on An Oil A Day have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. I share these experiences with you because of the results I’ve had. The statements I make here are in regards to Young Living essential oils only.

Uses for Young Living PanAway Essential Oil

PanAway is a pain relief blend of Wintergreen, Clove, Helichrysum, and Peppermint.  This blend will ease the discomforts of an active lifestyle or those everyday twinges with a warming and soothing effect.  PanAway soothes the skin while providing comfort and warmth to tired muscles.  It reduces pain and inflammation, increases circulation, and accelerates healing.

Uses of PanAway EO

  1. Inflammation & Bruising – Apply PanAway topically  on an injured area to reduce inflammation and bruising.
  2. Sore Muscles – Use PanAway as a muscle rub and massage onto sore muscles after exercising.
  3. Headache – Rub a drop of PanAway on the temples, forehead, and back of the neck to relieve a headache.
  4. Growing Pains – Mix PanAway with massage oil and rub onto aching legs to stop growing pains.
  5. Arthritis Pain – Rub 1-2 drops of PanAway onto arthritic hands to lessen the pain.
  6. Arthritis in Pets – For arthritic pets, massage PanAway diluted with carrier oil on location or add a drop in their food for pain relief.
  7. Sciatic Pain – Rub 2-3 drops of PanAway at the base of the spine to help relieve sciatic pain.
  8. Menstrual Cramps – Rub 1-2 drops of PanAway directly on lower abdomen to relieve the pain.

 

Statements made on An Oil A Day have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. I share these experiences with you because of the results I’ve had. The statements I make here are in regards to Young Living essential oils only.