Holiday Travel Oils

I use my oils every day in some form or fashion. My main way is diffusing oils, so when I’m traveling that becomes more of a challenge. These four oils are the ones I brought with me during my holiday travel, and this is how I used each one.

🍊 Orange: I brought orange oil with me to put in my shower in the morning. Orange helps boost your immune system and is uplifting.

🌲Tea Tree: This has become one of my favorite go-to oils! I brought it along to keep my immunity up. This is one I’ve been diffusing every night, so since I don’t carry a diffuser, I put it on the bottoms of my feet. This is also great to have along with you for hormonal or stress breakouts. Put a dab of tea Tree oil on the place,and it helps clear it up.

🔮Lavender: In the winter months, I have a really hard time with my hands drying out. They get dry and crack and bleed and it seems like they’ve been especially bad these last couple weeks (a few months back I burnt my right hand, and it’s been super irritated since.) So each night I’ve been putting Lavender on my hands to help heal them up. I feel like it’s made such a difference!

🌿 Eucalyptus Blue: Now, I’ll admit, Eucalyptus Blue isn’t my favorite eucalyptus. I usually always use Eucalyptus Radiata. But Eucalyptus Blue will also serve the same purpose as Radiata. I put 1 or 2 drops in the shower to help open up my sinuses in the mornings. It seems like when I travel, I always wake up with a stuffy nose, so this really helps me open up my sinuses first thing in the morning.

Those are the 4 oils I’m traveling with this year. What are your favorite oils to travel with?

Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas! Thanks for reading!

*ASpottedHeart

My Favorite Oils


I’m sure everyone has heard of essential oils in some form or fashion. I use my Young Living oils on a daily basis, whether it be for allergies, to uplift my mood, or something else, I try to turn to oils first. Today I want to share with you 6 of my favorite oils.

Lavender

Lavender was the first oil I really felt confident and safe in using. The smell of lavender holds a special place in my heart. When One Cute Cowboy and I got married, our friends and family threw lavender at us when we left, instead of bird seed or bubbles. The smell, to this day, still reminds me of leaving with him, hand-in-hand as Mr. & Mrs. I just love it.

Anyway, on with the oil! This is one of my favorites because it is so versatile! Traditionally it’s been known to balance the body and to work wherever it is needed. From stretch marks, to the cardiovascular system, to down-in-the-dumps, to wrinkles, to sleeplessness, this is a great oil.

This is one I diffuse every night, not only to help with sleep, but it’s part of my seasonal blend that I diffuse every night. This combination helps cool down the body’s inflammation. Lavender is also great for bug bites. It helps heal them, and keep them from itching. I’m one of those people who has some kind of crazy DNA that makes bugs looooovvve me, so I go through several bottles  of lavender in the summertime. It’s also great for burns. It’s important that you use pure therapeutic grade oils when dealing with burns, or anything for that matter. Young Living oils are all pure therapeutic grade oils. Which means they are in their purest form from the origins they come from. I had a bad 2nd degree burn a couple of years ago, and it was Young Living’s Lavender that I trusted to use on it and heal it. I always, always have a bottle of Lavender on hand.

Lemon

I absolutely love this oil! It smells so fresh and clean. It’s an antidepressant, antioxidant, and antiviral just to name a few. I love to diffuse this one when I feel like I’m in a funk. It helps uplift your mood and it’s just a bonus that it makes your house smell like you just got done doing a deep clean. It’s also a great air purifier for when you feel like your house has a funky smell, or if you have animals inside, this helps rid that pet smell sometimes those lovey-doveys put off.

Lemon is also a great cleaning agent. I use it in my sinks, my washing machine, and it’s great for my garbage disposal. I love love love Lemon! Put a drop in your water, and taste it’s bursting flavor!


Peppermint

I’m a lover of all types of mint. Peppermint being my favorite. Peppermint has been used to help with digestive systems for centuries, soothing digestive difficulties. It’s also great for head tension, digestive difficulties , motion sickness, and seasonal support. I use this in my diffuser a lot. Its a great one to mix with other scents to freshen things up. I also use this in my shower to help open up my sinuses, put it in my hot tea when I’m feeling under the weather, and sometimes just plain ‘ol diffuse it for a mood lifter. When I’ve had tummy trouble, putting a drop of this oil in a glass of water and drinking it has helped tremendously. I love peppermint!


Frankincense 

This is the mother of all oils. It’s my go-to when I don’t know what else to use. It’s mentioned being used over 52 times in the Bible, and is considered a holy oil. This is an immune stimulant and overall great wellness booster. I diffuse it often at night in my nightly mix. It’s said to be a good emotional balancer which is gold in my books. This is also a good oil for anti aging, and problematic skin. One of my biggest uses for it, is when I have a tummy ache, I rub it on my stomach/abdomen and it helps relive pains. It’s also a great oil to diffuse while praying or concentrating, for it increases spiritual awareness. It’s an expensive oil, but one I find is well worth the money. I never let mine run out.

Stress-Away-Essential-Oil

Picture borrowed from the Young Living website

Stress Away

I absolutely love the smell of this oil. It does exactly what is says, it melts stress away. If you read about this oil on Young Living it states,

Those suffering from stress tend to have weaker immune systems, and are more susceptible to cardiovascular diseases, and to experience more premature cell aging. This blend is specifically formulated to relieve everyday stresses and tensions…for a healthier and happier life.

To me, that says it all. It comes in a handy roller bottle so I love to keep this one in my purse so when I’m feeling overwhelmed or stressed, no matter where I am, I can roll a little bit across the back of my neck or my wrists and breathe in it’s lovely scent. This is a compound oil, consisting of: Copal (or Capaiba), Lime, Cedarwood, Ocotea, and Lavender. These oils have healing properties of anti-inflammation, lifting depression, aiding in emotional balance, and relaxation, just to name a few.


Sacred Mountain

Last, but not least Sacred Mountain. I love this woodsy blend. This is a blend of 4 different oils. Spruce, which helps ground the body, creating balance, helping one release emotional blocks. Ylang Ylang helping balance the male & female energies. It brings feelings of joy, self-love, and peace. Fir helps the feelings of empowerment, and Cedarwood, which was traditionally used by indians to enhance their spiritual communication. This combination gives off a really positive vibe, that I love. It helps when I’m feeling a little off-kilter to diffuse this oil. Especially when I’m feeling out of sorts, or emotionally drained. It has a nice woodsy smell to it, and I love diffusing this one on a rainy day. Also, a great one to diffuse during prayer,meditation, or your daily devotional time. Fun fact found on the Young Living app on Sacred Mountain,

The conifer oils have been traditionally used by the North American Indians symbolically to represent the umbrella they create in protecting the Earth and bringing energy in from the universe. At night, the animals in the wild lie under the trees for the protection, recharging, and rejuvenation the trees bring to them.

Oils can be a powerful thing, they’ve been used for centuries, and I’m a firm believer in their powers.

So there are my 6 favorite oils! I’d love to hear feedback from ya’ll on what you think about essential oils.

As always,

**Keep in mind, I am not a doctor, I am not a homeopathic guru, I’m just sharing what’s worked for me and my family. I highly recommend consulting with a doctor before orally consuming any oil. Also, I don’t recommend using straight oil on the skin if you’ve never used that particular oil before. When using an oil for the first time I always recommend using it with a carrier oil like Coconut oil or any vegetable based oil, for it may show skin irritants otherwise. Cinnamon bark is a potent oil along with Clove. Always keep in mind while using oils to use sparingly. Lastly I am not saying these oils will cure any ailment, I’m simply stating that these are oils that have worked for me.**

*ASpottedHeart

 

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April Showers, Bring May Flowers: April inspiration

April! I love April! It usually means rainfall and flowers. This month I’ve been inspired a lot by other’s words, as you’ll see, lots of quotes this month, and lots of flowers. Flowered everything! So here are the things in inspiring me this month. What’s inspiring you?







Hope you’ve enjoyed and found a little inspiration yourself! What would you like to see me post about here on A Spotted Heart?

Happy April!
*ASpottedHeart 

Early Spring Fever

Flower catalogue with a cup of tea
February isn’t even over yet and I’m already dreaming about what flowers and seeds I’m going to plant this Spring. I spent a good part of yesterday afternoon combing through my Johnny Seeds catalogue seeing what flowers I’d want to try to start from seed his year. Last year I tried to grow a small cut garden and though I grew some pretty Zinnias, I didn’t work very hard at it and it didn’t do as well as it could have. This year I want to do better. I’ve never done much from seed, so this year I’m going to pay close attention to when and how to plant the seed and not just put them in the ground and hope they sprout.

A few that I’m loooking forward to trying are:

Those are just a few! I’ll also plant the actual plants when the time comes, but I’m excited to try some new varieties. Last summer I did this post on some of my flowers around the homestead. I look forward to doing more this year and keeping my fingers crossed that my cherry tree will bloom this year.

What are you planting this year? Have you ever started from seeds? Tell me your experiences and what you’re looking forward to this Spring!

 

*ASpottedHeart

February Mood Board

February’s felt like winter and spring. Isn’t that supposed to be March? I’ve enjoyed it none-the-less. Anyhow, these are the things that have inspired me this month. What are some of yours? 




Mermaid Hair


All my life I’ve had curly red hair, and though in my younger years I hated my curly hair and would beg my mom to blow dry it straight, as I’ve gotten older I’ve learned to appreciate it more and more. For instance, my hair is also fairly thin, so I always say God gave me curly hair because it gives the impression of thick hair. So it’s the silver lining of unruly hair. 😉 In the past year, I’ve noticed my hair getting straighter and straighter. My curly hair may have been annoying in my younger years, but I’ve loved it in my recent years because it’s easy and fast to fix, so as you can imagine it started to worry me when it started to get straighter. I don’t know how to use a curling iron anymore! Or a straight iron! Or even how to blow dry my hair without just tossing my head over and going after it! 

That’s when I ran across this great little essential oil recipe for healthier hair. I originally saw it posted on my oils page, then found it was out of a little book called The Chemical Free Home. This hair spritz has not only made my hair fuller, but seems to be rejuvenating my curls! I like to call it my Magical Mermaid Hair Spritz. 


I couldn’t be more happy with the results I’ve had in the last 2 months! There are a few different recipes, but here’s the one I’ve been using and enjoy:

  • 15 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
  • 10 drops of Lemon Essentisl Oil
  • 8 drops of Cedarwood Essential Oil
  • 1/2 oz of vodka or witch hazel (I use the witch hazel
  • 5oz of distilled water

I add all the ingredients to my spray bottle and shake well. If you’re familiar with oils, you know they can’t be used in plastic containers or bottles because one of pure oils main purposes is to rid toxins. So essentially it eats through any plastic container because it’s getting rid of toxins. The pretty glass bottle I use now was given to me, but you can go to Life Science and buy your pretty glass containers and bottles.


I use it twice a day, once when my hair is wet from the shower in the morning, then I spritz my hair before I go to bed. Not only is it helping my hair, it smells great!

There are a few different recipes I’ve read since I’ve been using this, the main recipe actually calls for 4 drops of Geranium Essential Oil too. I personally don’t care for the smell of the geranium oil, and I’ve used the spritz without it and it works just as well. One recipe also calls for 1tsp of Epsom salt and 1/2tsp of sea salt. I’ll be adding salt to my next bottle to try it out.

I hope all you mermaids out there get a chance to try this great stuff! If you’ve never used oils before, and have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask! Happy Summer Hair!

Daily Favorites

I thought I’d share with you today four of my favorite everyday-type products. These are products you’ll always be able to find tucked away in whatever bag I’m carrying at the moment. I hope you enjoy!


For starters, I have really dry hands. They crack and bleed and can be pretty painful at times. The best thing I’ve found that helps keep them moisturized, healed, and smooth is Neutrogena’s Norwegian Formula Hand Cream. It’s said that it was inspired by the many different balms the Norwegian fisherman would have to use since they faced some of the harshest and extreme weather conditions. They developed this powerful,  concentrated glycerine-rich recipe that helped protect and heal their intensely dry hands. (I acquired this information here.)  One of the awesome things about this stuff is a little bit goes a long way, so it lasts quite a long time. It usually comes in a box and can be found at most drugstores. I bought mine at a United Supermarket. 


Second is my Badger Headache Soother. This stuff is a-maz-ing! I don’t get headaches often, but once I feel one even start to come on I get out my little tin of Badger Soother and rub a little on my temples and viola! the headache is gone! It’s some seriously awesome stuff. It has an amazing smell to it as well with its lavender and peppermint scent. The Badger brand has many other products too, hand saulve, foot saulve, and lip balm that I’ve been wanting to try. It’s not as easily found as the Neutrogena, but I find my Badger products at Cracker Barrel. Plus how cute is that Badger?! I’m a sucker for good packaging.

I’ve always had trouble finding a good lipstick. I’ll find one I think I like, only to see a picture of myself with it on and realize it’s not exactly my best look. It’s a constant battle…or it WAS until I found this magical stuff! I subscribe to Ipsy Bag which is a fun little cosmetic bag I get once a month for $10. This “lipgloss” came in my bag a couple months ago and I’ve been using it daily ever since. It’s NYX Liquid Suede, this one is in the color Soft Spoken. This stuff goes on like a gloss (make sure you check your teeth after applying) and then it dries like a matte lipstick. It’s incredible stuff that actually lasts. I can apply it at the beginning of my day and reapply after lunch and be good for the rest of the day ( unless I have something I’m going to later in evening of course.)  This color is spot on with my skin tone, but I’m excited to try some of the different ones like Cherry Skies and Vintage. You can buy this anywhere they sale NYX Cosmetics, so places like Ulta, Sephora etc. should have it.


Lastly is my Young Living’s Tranquil roll-on oil. I’ve mentioned before my love of Lavender; this roll-on has lavender oil, cedarwood oil, coconut oil, and Roman Chamomile oil. This is my miracle worker on rough days at work. I use this when I feel tension in my neck, shoulders, or lower back. Lavender is a natural anti-inflammatory so it’s good for aches and pains. It’s also really great for headaches, hence why they use lavender in the Badger Balm. Also I use it as a calming oil for when I get frustrated or just need to relax. I roll some onto the back of my neck or my wrists and inhale deeply the aroma of sweet lavender and chamomile. This product is a little different to find, you have to buy it through a Young Living distributor, or be a Young Living member yourself. Just so happens yours truly just became a distributor! 🙂 But in all seriousness, I can’t speak highly enough on this stuff!
So there’s my four little favorite products of the moment. What are some of your favorite daily products? Or have you tried any of these products? I’d always love to hear from my readers! 

**I am not being paid or sponsored by any of the above products or companies to post this, these are just simply products I believe in and use on a day to day basis. 

April Mood Board 

  I love April. It’s the month I married the love of my life. It’s the time of year when showers come in the early morning and late evenings. When things start to green up with the promise of beautiful colors to follow. To me, it’s the true month of lavender everything, kind of the same way people get about Pumpkin Spice in the fall. It’s the month where I start to get my flower beds and pots ready for planting. Yes, I love April, and these are just a few things that have inspired me this month.

 
  


  


  

Our view from our Honeymoon cottage in ’14


 


    

      

 
  
    

Allergy Season 

For most people there are 4 seasons, Winter, Spring, Summer, & Fall. For me I have what I like to refer to as “pre-seasons.” Right before spring and fall, I fall into allergy season. More than 50 million Americans and I start to suffer from watery eyes, stuffy/runny nose (it’s like having a nose with a split personality) and itchy throat and sneezing!


The one thing I can’t live without during preseason is my oil diffuser. I run it for four hours in our bedroom at night, and during days that I’m home, it’s running non-stop. There’s an system boosting blend that smells fresh, and clean, and really helps my sinuses and the itching in my eyes and throat.

 •Lemon•Peppermint•Lavender

 

I’ve been using Young Living oils for about two years now, and I rarely go a day without using one in some form, most often in the diffuser. This is by far my favorite blend.

  • 3 drops Lemon
  • 3 drops Peppermint
  • 4 drops Lavender

I use more of the lavender simply because it seems to help best during these seasons. I’m not saying I don’t take allergy medicine, but this is a really nice way of getting relief that some of those medicines don’t provide.

I hope this has been helpful!! What are some of your favorite oil blends to diffuse?