Essentially Energized

Did you know that you can use essential oils to help you feel energetic? Aromas can have a strong impact on your limbic system (the part of your brain that controls emotions).

Do me a favor and play along for a minute. Picture yourself holding a fresh cut lemon. Imagine the smell of it. Imagine tasting it. Close your eyes and actually try this. Does it make your mouth water?

Maybe a lemon doesn’t do it for you. Maybe imagining your grandma’s cookies fresh out of the oven makes your mouth water. Thinking about that warm cookie smell and how good they’ll taste.

Just imagining smells and tastes like that can affect your mood. So, think about what the real aroma can do.

There are many oils that can help lift your mood with stimulating and invigorating aromas.

Here are some different categories of oils you might like to try out:

Citrus Oils – Lemon, Lime, Orange, Grapefruit, Tangerine

Spice Oils – Cinnamon Bark, Black Pepper, Ginger, Rosemary

Minty Oils – Peppermint, Spearmint

I enjoy the aroma of citrus oils in the morning. I like to diffuse them to get me in the mood to clean house as well. In the afternoon, I prefer to diffuse the mints and spices to keep me alert.

And I really like to mix some of these.

Here are my favorite diffuser combos right now:

Black Pepper and Lime

Cinnamon and Orange

Cinnamon and Peppermint

So, next time you need a pick-me-up, try reaching for that bottle of lemon oil or peppermint oil and see what it does for you.

Happy sniffing!

Be brave!

Be happy!

Be oily!

xo

Ash

Sources:

Essential Oils Pocket Reference, Life Science Publishing, 2016

Moodtopia, Sara Chana Silverstein, 2018

The Aromatherapy Encyclopedia, Carol Schiller/David Schiller, 2008

4 Ways I Use Thieves Household Cleaner

How many different household cleaners do you have? I used to have a kitchen cleaner, bathroom cleaner, floor cleaner, and window cleaner. Plus, there were various other cleaners under my sink to tackle specific areas, like the stove or toilet.

Now, I use Thieves Household Cleaner in the following areas:

1. Kitchen – I use a capful of the concentrated Thieves Cleaner in a glass spray bottle and mix with water. I use this bottle to spray down the counters, the sink, and the stove.

2. Bathroom – I use that same spray bottle from the kitchen in my bathroom to clean the bathroom sink, toilet, and tub.
3. Floors – I mop our kitchen floor, bathroom floor, and entry way with a capful of the cleaner in my mop bucket with warm water. To clean our carpets, I add a capful of cleaner into our carpet shampooer (lol, is that a word?). For stains, I use the kitchen spray bottle to spray down the area and use a toothbrush to scrub it.
4. Windows/Mirrors – I use the kitchen spray bottle, again, when it comes to cleaning the windows and mirrors around the house.

What used to be done with a handful of bottles, is now done with one bottle. I had a bottle of Thieves Household Cleaner (14.4 oz size) last me an entire year. Gasp! Seriously, are you gasping???

Some people go through it a bit quicker…. maybe I need to clean my house more? I don’t know, but still, even if it only lasted me 6 months, that would be pretty awesome.

Using this one bottle of cleaner in place of maybe half a dozen others saves me time and money. Oh, and bonus… It’s safe for you to use and breathe while you clean.

Think about this for a second. Has a cleaner made you gag or feel like you needed to get fresh air after using it? My former bathroom cleaner was so guilty of that. It was awful and so were the warnings on the label.

There’s a healthier way to clean friends. So, check out the oil-infused Thieves Household Cleaner.

Be brave!

Be clean!

Be healthy!

xoxo

Ash

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5 Reasons I Chose Essential Oils

I’ve been using oils for over a year now. Here are 5 reasons why I chose to start using essential oils.

  1. Cleaning House

One of the first ways I stumbled across essential oils was in looking for ways to clean my house with natural non-harmful substances. Lemon oil was one of the first that came up with that topic.

Then I learned about Thieves Household Cleaner, which contains lemon oil and several others. That is what I use to clean around my house now: kitchen, bathroom, mirrors, and windows.

No more breathing in harmful chemicals. Have you read the warnings on your kitchen and bathroom cleaners? Seriously. We shouldn’t be breathing them in or using the surfaces we are spraying them on, especially for food. I no longer have a variety of nasty cleaners under my kitchen sink.

  1. To Replace Candles

Confession time: I used to be a candle junkie. I loved scented candles. Then the wax cubes came out and I was head over heals for melting those. I didn’t know breathing in those fake scents was bad for me.

Now I diffuse essential oils to make our home smell good. There’s even a bonus to diffusing oils because they can provide physical and emotional support as you breathe them in.

Wax cubes: See ya! Wouldn’t wanna be ya! (I may have just shown my age there…)

  1. Physical health support

Essential oils can support your physical health. Different oils support different systems of the body: immune support, respiratory support, digestion support, etc.

We have become so accustomed to reaching for synthetic fixes when we have health problems instead of using the nature that’s been used for centuries or even using those natural substances to help prevent the problems in the first place.

I got tired of reading side effects of all those synthetic fixes…how about you?

  1. Emotional support

Do you know that aromas can be quite powerful when it comes to affecting your mood? Citrus oils are great mood up-lifters. Breathing in lavender can create a calm and relaxing feeling. Frankincense is very popular to diffuse during prayer and meditation.

I love Aromatherapy. I’m currently digging deeper into that field of study.

  1. For Safe Natural Everyday Products

I no longer use soaps, shampoos, conditioners, bodywashes, detergents, deodorants, makeup, or toothpastes that contain harmful substances such as parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, synthetic fragrances, and mineral oils. Some of these may cause hormone disruption and cancer.

You can make natural soaps, shampoos, and detergents and add oils yourself or buy them already made. I do both.

 

So, there you have it.

Essential oils aren’t new. They are referenced in the Bible and were used by the ancient Egyptians.

Over the years, as technology has progressed, we have gotten away from using nature as our ancestors did. I think many of us are finally seeing the cost of it, and we are trying to get back to nature both in our food sources and household products.

I used to think there was no point in even trying because it seems impossible to avoid all harmful chemicals in today’s mass-produced world. Every step counts though. Every product you switch out makes a difference. Every choice you make for something healthier…it matters.

Be healthy!

Be happy!

Be brave!

xoxo

Ash

Don’t Waste Them

Are you using your essential oils?

If you have quality essential oils, please don’t waste them.

Oils are precious. It takes about 50 lemons to make one 15mL bottle of Lemon Essential Oil. Do you want to waste that many lemons? It hits me a bit more when I think about it that way.

You can’t benefit from them if you’re not using them. For example, if the doctor gives you a prescription to get rid of something, do you expect to get anything out of it by letting it just sit on the counter? If you are hungry does simply cooking the food and not eating it make you feel full? Not for me. Likewise, you can’t expect to benefit from your essential oils if they’re just merely sitting on the shelf or still tucked away in the starter kit.

If you have good oils and you aren’t using them, why? Are they out of sight and out of mind? Then get them out where you can see them. Are you unsure of how to use them? Look up ways to use them or ask others. There’s plenty of helpful groups out there for essential oils. Have you really tried connecting with the group you are a part of?

Now, I’ll admit that I have a few oils that sit. This is because there are some that get used more often than others. I’m not saying you have to use all of them every day, but at least use some of them frequently. And, the more you use them the easier it becomes. So, just start using them.

I have oils that I use daily. I diffuse them. I wear them. I add certain Vitality oils (oils that are safe for culinary and dietary use) to foods and beverages. I use my oils. And the more I use them the more I love them.

So please, friend, don’t waste precious oils.

Be brave!

Be blessed!

Be oily!

Xoxo

Ash

Smelly or Not Too Smelly?

Am I smelly or not too smelly?

That is the question…

So, I ran out of my store-bought average deodorant last week and decided not to buy more. I know, gasp!

Here’s the thing. Many of your general store-bought deodorants have toxins in them. These toxins could increase your risk of breast cancer (prostate in men), hormone disruption, Alzheimer’s, and clog your pores.

My husband used to get cysts under his arms. When he switched from using an anti-perspirant to a plain deodorant, they went away.

I’ll be honest. As much as I’ve wanted to ditch the deodorant, I’ve been reluctant. I’ve known others who have just stopped using it or switched to a natural one, and in the words of my husband they “smell like a hippy.”

Experiencing that turned me off from trying toxin-free deodorants. However, as I have ditched many other toxins in my life after beginning my journey with essential oils, I finally started to give a few things a try.

First, I started ditching the deodorant on the weekends. I used Apple Cider Vinegar instead, swabbing some under each arm with a cotton ball. It seemed to work fairly well, but it is vinegar. So, hubby wasn’t all that thrilled about the stout smell of vinegar when first applying.

When I ran out of my usual deodorant last week, I used the vinegar for a day, along with lavender oil. I had heard about people using Young Living’s Aromabright Thieves Toothpaste as deodorant, but I kept putting it off because vinegar just seemed like something that would soak in better. A friend let me know she switched to using the toothpaste. I told her I would finally give it a try over the weekend.

I’ve been using the Aromabright Thieves Toothpaste under my arms for a week now. I use a pea-size amount under each arm. I just quickly rub it in. (If you take too long, it seems to dry it out instead of rubbing in.)

The verdict? I’m pretty satisfied with it. The Toothpaste smells like mint and Thieves oil. I may not smell like roses at the end of the day, but I’m not too smelly. I know this because I’ve asked the husband to smell me.  That’s love, right?

“Hey honey, smell my pits!”

Anyway, I’m going to keep using the toxin-free toothpaste as my deodorant and see how it goes come summer when I’m in tank tops and hiking. And honestly, even with the store-bought deodorant, I’ve smelled a bit rank at the end of a trail.

So why not just ditch the toxic deodorant?

I dare you to try…

Be brave!

Be blessed!

Be healthy!

xoxo

Ash

Back to Nature

Back to Nature

Over the last several years I have been trying to eat healthier, heal my body in more natural ways, and use less chemicals in our home. I pinned articles on essential oils, and I kept telling myself I would start using them. However, I just kept putting it off. After attending an Essential Oils class at my sweet friend’s house and listening to her joyfully tell us how much she loves oils and how they have benefited her household, I could no longer put it off. I decided to finally get a starter kit.

I know it’s not very fun to think about this, but I ask that you think about the amount of chemicals you encounter in your daily life. It’s quite scary. We have become a society pumped full of chemicals. There are chemicals on and in our foods and beverages. We breathe in chemicals from fragrances to cleaning supplies. We put chemicals on our bodies in the form of shampoos, soaps, lotions, and cosmetics.

Most companies don’t care what these chemicals are doing to our health. Their goal is to profit from it. Whether we want to admit it, or not, they have done such a good job creating a dependency in us for their products that it seems nearly impossible to live without them.

So, if you are still reading this and haven’t backed out by this point, thank you. I am not going to ask you to rid your life of every chemical because I am not requiring that of myself. I am asking that you become more aware of the chemicals in your life, and start making some changes, even if it is just replacing one product at a time. Eat less packaged foods. Clean your house with less chemicals. I use vinegar and baking soda, and I plan on getting some Thieves Household Cleaner from Young Living.

Nature holds so many remedies. We just don’t know how to use them anymore because they aren’t advertised to us, unlike the chemicals.

God made our bodies so much stronger than what we allow them to be. We stifle the body’s natural healing process with quick fixes to get back to our busy lives. There are other cultures that still stand by natural remedies, but we have become too consumed in being consumers of the products put before us.

I’m already enjoying my oils. I have diffused lemon oil to freshen up the house. And my husband actually commented that it was a nice refreshing smell, instead of an overpowering fake scent. I have tested out the Thieves Household Cleaner, thanks to a sample from my friend. I have used peppermint oil to help with nausea, and I am already a fan of the Stress Away blend.

I am so excited to join the oily life!

I encourage you to look into more natural ways to improve your life.

What changes can you make?

Be Healthy. Be happy. Be Brave.

xoxo

Ash