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Use the oils, Luke! I am your mother!

The hardest thing about starting to use essential oils is … REMEMBERING TO USE THEM! We are so in the habit of doing other things – grabbing a bottle of pills for headaches, spraying or plugging in the toxic “air fresheners” if there’s a stale scent in the air, taking cold remedies or hay fever meds for congestion, sleep aids, “wake aids” (mmmm, coffee… oh, sorry!), you get the picture! So many times I am talking to a friend or relative and they mention some ailment or problem, and I ask, “Did you use Thieves?” Or lemon, or frankincense, or Melrose, or whatever would have prevented or helped with their issue. “Oh, I forgot,” is usually the answer.

Well, it’s hard when you’re starting out! Again, we have other habits, we don’t know that many uses for the oils at first – it’s just not the first thing we think of.

I have a few suggestions that will help you make the switch from the old, toxic way of life to the new, cleaner way of life using essential oils! Any and all of these ideas can help.

Some suggested references.

Some suggested references.

References – Obtain a good reference book! The best ones are a little pricey, of course. The Essential Oils Desk Reference, published by Life Science Publishing, isn’t cheap, but it’s worth it. The current edition is the 6th edition, but the older ones have their place, too. They may not have all the latest products but they have more information on the older products – information that the FDA is apparently now preventing them from publishing. This book is also commonly referenced as the EODR, or the “Essential Oils Bible”.

Another great reference is the Reference Guide for Essential Oils, compiled by Connie and Alan Higley, also called “Higley’s”. I like this book because, to me, it’s a little more accessible than the EODR. They also have a little different focus, with more information on using the oils for emotional care, what oils blend with with what other oils, and a little more specific information on application.

Both of these books are excellent, and I use both on a regular basis. They also both have smaller editions with just the usage information. Higley’s calls theirs a “Quick Reference Guide”; the EODR version is called a “Pocket Reference”. These smaller reference guides are less expensive, first off, but have all of the usage information that the big books have. They are also nice to be able to drop in a suitcase or travel bag for on-the-go reference.

Both references also have still less expensive mini-references. The one for the EODR is called a “Quick Reference Guide”, and Higley’s calls theirs The Primary Usage Guide. I keep one of these in my purse in my oil wallet (you can’t tell from the above photo, can you?). It has more information than you would expect for something so small! Currently these little references run about $2.50 – affordable!

Location, location, location!

Location, location, location!

Now, the books are all great, but not if they’re gathering dust on a bookshelf! At least at first, leave your reference out on a table, desk, or countertop – someplace where you’ll see it and remember to look up issues! Next to the medicine cabinet is a great place. Instead of your previous headache or upset stomach remedy, check the book and see what oils you have that could help!

Proximity – Speaking of where to keep your books, you also want to keep your oils handy, and at first it will be helpful to keep them where you use them. Do you want something to relax you for sleep? Keep lavender or a sleep formula* (see below for recipe) on your headboard or bed table. Put a bottle of lemon or orange essential oil next to the glasses cabinet, so when you are looking for a soda you can remember to drink water instead, flavored with a little pick-me-up of oil! Make a spritzer bottle of your favorite scent or a powerful odor-eliminator** and put that in the bathroom instead of your old air spray. Keep small bottles of peppermint or lemon, and lavender or Stress-Away handy in the car to keep alert and to help relax in busy traffic. My language is much nicer when I have my Stress-Away for city driving!

One tip I swear by is using Valor on my feet in the morning. At first I had trouble remembering to do that before putting on my shoes, so I put the bottle in my shoe.

Education – I learn something new every time I go to an introductory meeting. I go to the ones that Young Living puts on in nearby cities, and I go to ones hosted by other local distributors. Always take a notepad – you WILL learn a new way to use an oil!

Another good resource is Oil Testimonials. Oil Testimonials is a site where you can search on an oil or blend or an issue, and it will bring up testimonials written by people who have had experience with that oil or issue, and what worked for them. You can find lots of information here. Remember, oils work with frequency as well as with biochemistry, so what worked for one person may not work for you. Don’t give up – try another solution. You’ll probably find several on this site.

I’ve also found some good recipes on Pinterest and Facebook. Use these with caution, though – things get “shared” and “pinned” so freely that you will frequently not know where it came from or if it’s valid. Check the recipes out with other references before using them.

Young Living has a lot of educational material available for members online. In the Virtual Office go to the Member Resources link and take a look around. They have Product Information Pages (PIPs), videos, audio recordings, and slide presentations on products and product lines, as well as general business information about the company and their policies.

Also keep an eye out for classes from ISHA (Institute of Spiritual Healing and Aromatherapy) and CARE (Center for Aromatherapy Research and Education) in your area. And frequently other Young Living members will give classes – check with your upline and see what resources may be available.

I hope this has given you some ideas on ways to develop new, healthier habits for using your essential oils!

* Sleep formula – 1/2 and 1/2 Citrus Fresh and Lavender. Apply to your big toes, bottoms of your feet, around your navel, and on the nape of your neck (brainstem). Really helps!

** Odor eliminating formula – there are several. Purification blend, of course (15 drops in 4 oz of distilled water). Cedarwood and Melrose is another (10 drops each in 4 oz of distilled water). Citrus Fresh is great, too (15 drops in 4 oz of distilled water).

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Homemade Lip Balm

Got my lip balm made today!lip_balm

Something we don’t think too much about is that most lip balm, even the “natural” brands, have preservatives in them. I discovered this because I bought some made by a local beekeeper and it went rancid after a few months while my national brand was still the same after years! So I found some recipes online and made my own.

It’s not too hard – beeswax is available in many health food stores, and I found a 1-pound block for $6.00 at a farmers’ market nearby. That makes a LOT of lip balm, like a life-time supply!

I like to store mine in the refrigerator until I need it. It will last long enough at room temperature to use up, but for storage it helps to keep it cold.

Get a dedicated grater to grate the beeswax – it’s a mess to clean up. To melt the grated beeswax I used this small enamel pot in a slightly larger pot of boiling water – drop a canning jar ring in the outer pot to hold up the inner pot and keep from getting water into the wax. You can remove the water after the wax hardens if that happens, but you’ll need to wait a while. Water in the mixture can cause it to mold.

I’ve found a spoon is better for pouring the melted mixture into tubes – a funnel just gets clogged up as the mixture cools. A chopstick works great for stirring. Cleanup is made easier by heating and removing excess into your spare tin, then freezing and getting the remainder off that way. Orange oil will help with the residue.

As tempting as it is, I don’t recommend citrus oils except grapefruit for the lip balm. Most citrus oils are phototoxic, meaning they can increase the likelihood of sunburn if you put them on your skin and go out in the sun.

Here’s the recipe I use, based on several I found online but modified the way I like it:

Lip Balm

1 tbsp shaved beeswax (packed)
1 tbsp coconut oil (scant)
1 tbsp with a few drops of vitamin E oil, then filled with avocado oil
1 drop each Young Living Peppermint oil and Lavender oil

Get your tubes or tins ready. This recipe will fill 5 or 6 tubes, plus a little left over.

Melt beeswax. Turn off heat then add coconut oil. When that’s melted, add vitamin E and avocado oils, then the essential oils.

Quickly pour into clean tubes or tins. If you use tubes, it helps to have one tin available for that last little bit that doesn’t want to cooperate. Let cool and harden several hours.

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