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.

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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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Quick Shower Soother

Back when I was in college I fell in love with the Vick’s menthol shower disks. I loved how they cleared my sinuses and helped wake me up while I took a shower. Since then I’ve tried making the disks myself and I ended up with a crumbly, not very potent mess. I was disappointed. I had used quite a bit of oils only to find the disks weren’t very strong smelling and super hard to store.

With that said I’d like to share with you my quick version of a shower Soother. I instead call it a Shower Soother Bomb. This is one you can mix together just minutes before hoping in the shower.

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your favorite oils,and a glass container to mix it up in; I like to use my Pioneer Woman ramekins. They’re the perfect size and just so dang cute!

Essential oil shower soother

All you do is put about 1/4 a cup or so (I never measure it, I just fill one of these babies up about half way) and add in your oils and voila! All you have to do is add it to your shower. Super quick, super easy! I like to let my water warm up and pour it on the floor of the bathtub right where my shower water is hitting. It instantly fills your shower up with great smells. Whether your sinuses are bothering you or you just need a pick-me-up, these are a great way to start out your morning!

Here are my two favorite combos to use:

Allergy/Sinuses Combo:

4 drops of Lemon

4 drops of R.C. (this is a respiratory blend containing Eucalyptus (E. globulus), Myrtle, Pine, Marjoram, Eucalyptus radiate (my favorite of the Eucalyptuses), Eucalyptus citriodora, Lavender, Cypress, Tsuga, and Peppermint.

Shower soother

Wake Me Up Combo:

4 drops of Cypress

4 drops of Bergamot

4 drops of Lemon/Citrus Fresh

Shower soother

This is such a refreshing blend and puts me in a happy mood, ready to take on the day!

Another oil I love to add to either one of these blends is the Northern Lights Black Spruce oil. This stuff makes you feel like you’re walking through a forrest. It’s great for a stuffy nose as well as helping you wake up. I add two or three drops of it often to my mixtures.

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So there you have it, a quick and easy way to make a “shower soother bomb.”

Happy President’s Day!

*ASpottedHeart

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3 Ways to use Thieves 

Young Living Thieves

I’m an oily gal, and Young Living’s Thieves is one I always make sure I have in my bag of tricks. It’s good for so many different things. It contains 5 different oils that make it highly affective in being able to boost your immune system which is especially handy in the flu/cold season. It contains:

Lemon: promotes health, healing, and energy.

Cinnamon Bark: a powerful purifier, oxygenator, and enchances the activity of other oils.

Clove: antibacterial, antifungal, a strong antiseptic, and an immune stimulant.

Eucalyptus Radiata: may have a strong antiviral effect on the repository system. Also has strong antiseptic, antibacterial, and anticatarrhal properties.

Rosemary Cineol: may help balance heart function, energize the solar plexus, and reduce mental fatigue. Helps improve circulation and help stimulate the nerves.

(The are descriptions used for each oil from the Young Living Reference Guide App)

Today I want to share with you three ways I love to use this oil.

1. Thieves Tea

During cold and flu season I add 1 drop of Thieves to my tea in the mornings to help fight off any bacteria or bad mojo in the air. Every morning I make my hot tea, my favorite to use when I’m using this oil is Twining English Breakfast. I steep my tea, add in my creamer (International Delights ColdStone is my absolute favorite to pair with this particular tea,) and I add one drop of Young Living’s Thieves oil. I use my small “frother” to get the oil mixed in well, a small whisk would work just as well. I do this because I feel just stirring with a spoon leaves the oil resting on top instead of really getting it combined. This mixture tastes a lot like a chai latte! I really love it, but do not recommend using more than one drop, for it’s a powerful flavor.

2. Diffusing Thieves

I’ve mentioned before that every night I run my diffuser in One Cute Cowboy and I’s room. I talked about my nightly seasonal blend in a previous post. I still use this same blend only I add 2-3 drops of Thieves. This is so One Cute Cowboy and I both get the benefits of it’s antiviral properties and in hopes to strengthen our immune systems to fight off nasty colds. Also it’s a great oil to diffuse if you ever have a room that’s smelling funky, this seems to purify the air in a sense, and leave it smelling warm and cozy.

3. Thieves for the bottoms of your feet

A lot of times at night before bed One Cute Cowboy will want me to rub some Thieves oil into the bottoms of his feet. This helps get the oil into our systems quickly, and as I’ve said above, we do this to help boost our immune system. We choose to use the feet because the bottoms of our feet have larger pores than any other surface of the body, so it only seems to make sense to put oils there so they can be absorbed into the body faster.

There’s my 3 favorite ways to use Thieves oil.

**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 a cold or flu, I’m simply stating that this oil can help boost your immune system and hopefully fight them off, but it is not bulletproof. :)**

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post! What are some of your favorite oils?

*ASpottedHeart

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!

Spring Water

If you’re like my husband, sometimes it’s hard to hit that 8 glasses of water a day. He’s a Coke drinker through and through. He works hard, and fast, so it’s really essential that he does get all that water in his system throughout the day so he’s not dehydrated. Plus, don’t you just feel better when you drink enough water and stay hydrated? I know I sure do! 

So we’ve found that we’re more apt to drink water if it has a little flavor. So last night I made a yummy Strawberry & Lemon infused water. 

  
I just sliced up one lemon and three strawberries, put them in this nifty fruit infuser pitcher we got for a wedding gift, and filled it up with water! I usually like for my infused water to set at least over night to really get the flavors going. You can find a pitcher like this one here. If you don’t have a pitcher, a good ‘ol mason jar will work just as good!

I also put an orange, a lemon, a lime, and a few springs of fresh mint with water in a big Ball jar, then put in the refridgerator over night.  I’m excited to try it out once I’m home from work!

What are some infused waters you’ve tried? 

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?